Case Western Reserve athletic director Amy Backus has announced the appointment of Todd McGuinness as the head men's basketball coach of the Spartans. McGuinness, who becomes the fourth head coach in the program's history, will start his duties with CWRU on Aug. 1. McGuinness replaces Sean McDonnell, who resigned last month after compiling a 128-197 record in 13 seasons. The Spartans were 12-13 this past season. "I would like to thank Case Western Reserve University, and especially Amy... [read more]
Case Western Reserve athletic director Amy Backus has announced the appointment of Todd McGuinness as the head men's basketball coach of the Spartans. McGuinness, who becomes the fourth head coach in the program's history, will start his duties with CWRU on Aug. 1.
McGuinness replaces Sean McDonnell, who resigned last month after compiling a 128-197 record in 13 seasons. The Spartans were 12-13 this past season.
"I would like to thank Case Western Reserve University, and especially Amy Backus, for this fantastic opportunity," said McGuinness. "I have had the good fortune of working here as an assistant coach and I know what an unbelievable university Case Western Reserve is.
"I always thought that if presented a chance to become the head coach at CWRU that it would be one of the best jobs in NCAA Division III," continued McGuinness. "I am looking forward to meeting the returning players and getting to work."
McGuinness, a Pittsburgh native, brings back with him 14 years of coaching experience at the Division III level, including the last seven as the head coach of Hartwick. While at Hartwick, he compiled a 114-72 overall record, good for a .613 winning percentage and the third-most wins by a head coach in the program's history. His teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times during his tenure and won three Empire 8 championships, the first in the program's history. McGuinness was named the Empire 8 Coach of the Year during the 2011-12 campaign, and coached his players to two conference player of the year awards, two conference rookie of the year honors, and two Empire 8 Tournament Most Valuable Player awards.
"I want to thank Todd for his seven years of service to Hartwick," said Hartwick athletic director Kim Fierke. "He has made a positive impact on our scholar-athletes and the competitiveness of the men's basketball program. He will be missed."
McGuinness will be returning to Case Western Reserve after serving a stint as the assistant coach of the varsity program and head coach of the junior varsity squad from 2006 through 2009. During his three seasons with the Spartans, he helped mentor University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year Kevin Herring in 2007-08 (just the second in the program's history), while the 2008-09 team recorded the most conference victories by a CWRU squad in nine seasons.
Prior to his time as an assistant at CWRU, McGuinness was an assistant coach at Vassar from 2004-06, and at Hartwick from 2003-04.
McGuinness played collegiately at Bethany, where he received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 2002. While at Bethany, he was a three-year starter and a two-year co-captain, leading the Bison to two Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002.
"I am thrilled to welcome back Todd McGuinness as our new head coach of the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team," Backus said. "Todd is a proven winner, a committed recruiter and outstanding individual. His appreciation for developing our student athletes both academically and athletically was very clear in the interview process.
"He understands the University Athletic Association and will hit the ground running. We are excited about the future of Spartan basketball under Todd's leadership."
I sat down recently with Deallen Jackson, a senior at Mount Union University to get his outlook on his senior season, life, and his future pro career. Mr. Jackson 5' 11", 195 lb point guard who is explosive, athletic, and shifty east to west with the basketball in his hands. Mr. Jackson should be a pro next year, as long as he continues to develop his pull up jump shot. Deallen has all the other tools you need to be a pro, but most importantly Mr. Jackson is a high character young man who... [read more]
I sat down recently with Deallen Jackson, a senior at Mount Union University to get his outlook on his senior season, life, and his future pro career. Mr. Jackson 5' 11", 195 lb point guard who is explosive, athletic, and shifty east to west with the basketball in his hands. Mr. Jackson should be a pro next year, as long as he continues to develop his pull up jump shot. Deallen has all the other tools you need to be a pro, but most importantly Mr. Jackson is a high character young man who will be graduating with a degree in 2017.
Goals for this season individually and as a team? This season we have a team that some might call inexperienced. Last season we lost 10 games. We have players who are motivated, focus and willing to learn. As a team we want to be the best team in our league and I believe we can. Individual goals for this season include, reestablishing myself as the best player in the OAC. Last season I was named a preseason All-American but I broke my foot almost a month prior to the season and I wasn't be able to fulfill the expectations. This season is special, not only is it my last one, but I'm the only senior on the team. Whether I realize it or not players are looking to me for guidance. I have the opportunity to lead by example and and catapult my team to an OAC championship.
Things people don't know about you, that may be a surprise? I love music, art, and creativity. I taught myself how to play the piano by ear when I was in high school. One Christmas my mother bought me a keyboard and I just remembering being so happy. It was the first time I couldn't control my emotions toward the gift.
What's your motivation? Overall my motivation is my family, My nana and my mother are two of most hard working people I have ever met. They are two women whose work ethic can motivate anyone, it's incredible. Seeing my mom work is incredibly motivating. Being a man and looking back at my childhood, I didn't realize how much of an impact seeing a mother of three work and provide for a her family can have on you until you're old enough. Subconsciously you're learning from them and I'm thankful I have each of them In my life. Once achieve my dream of playing professionally, not only would be an individual accomplishment but I would be able to share it with my family. I know all they have sacrificed to put me in the position Im in today. I could never repay her for the love she has shown me. What are your goals of playing professionally? When I was kid I never had the dream of being ranked in the state, going to the big D1 schools, or even pro..I never had a mentor teaching me the game. I figured things out on my own and from a early age I loved the game of basketball. Having success at the collegiate level, has developed the dream of going pro..I know as a Division III point guard I have a much tougher road than most, but hard work is something I'm accustomed to. Nothing has ever come easy for me with the game of basketball and I'm willing to whatever it takes to be a great professional when that time comes. What is your Academic Major? I'm a sport business major, I discovered I wanted to be apart of the major after a conversation with a close Friend. Originally I was an education major but it that wasn't something I could see myself doing after school. I'll always want to be around athletics and Sport Business will allow me to have that opportunity.
Family, siblings? I have 3 siblings..I grew up with an older brother and sister. Biggest influence in your life? My brother, I remember being younger and thinking "I wanna be like my Brother when I get older". We're 5 years apart, but when I was younger he always spent time with me. He was always practicing and wanting to play and that rubbed off on me. If he was going to the park I was there with him. I know at times he probably didn't want too but he'd bring me along anyway.
As I reached high school, from my smallest accomplishments to my biggest he's the one I wanted to call first. If I had a game and it wasn't good enough for him, it wasn't good enough for me. After winning the 2015 OAC championship, My teammates were screaming, jumping and celebrating the win. Before I even took my uniform off, I remember going to find some place quiet and the first person I called was my older brother. He's someone that has always believed in me from day 1. There's nothing like the love a sibling can share. Since I was a kid I've always looked to him for affirmation.
Baruch Men to Open Season with Exhibition at Div. I/Big East St. John's - 27 days ago
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For the third consecutive year the men's basketball program, led by fourth-year head Coach John Alesi , will begin their season taking on a high major Division I opponent. After facing Rutgers in 2014 and almost stunning eventual Big East champion Seton Hall in 2015, the Bearcats will head to Queens to take on the St. John's University Red Storm for an exhibition contest on October 31st, 2016 at Carnesecca Arena. St. John's, one of college basketball's all-time winningest programs, are lo... [read more]
For the third consecutive year the men's basketball program, led by fourth-year head Coach John Alesi , will begin their season taking on a high major Division I opponent. After facing Rutgers in 2014 and almost stunning eventual Big East champion Seton Hall in 2015, the Bearcats will head to Queens to take on the St. John's University Red Storm for an exhibition contest on October 31st, 2016 at Carnesecca Arena. St. John's, one of college basketball's all-time winningest programs, are looking to bring back the glory days under second year Head Coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. The Red Storm, from the prestigious Big East Conference, return seven letterwinner's from last year's squad who scored a signature win over Final Four participant Syracuse University. In addition, they have one of the top-ranked recruiting classes in the nation. Baruch is coming off their second consecutive trip to the CUNYAC Finals and an ECAC semifinal appearance during the 2015-16 season. The Bearcats raised some eyebrows early last year when they nearly knocked off Seton Hall University in their exhibition game. The Bearcats led for a majority of that contest before ultimately falling to the Big East Champion Pirates,84-79, behind Isaiah Whitehead's (drafted by the Brooklyn Nets) 40 point effort. Despite an uneven regular season, Baruch would hit its stride late last year as they defeated Hunter, Medgar Evers and top-seeded Lehman to return to the CUNYAC Final where they would fall to Brooklyn College on ESPN3. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to open our season with a game against an opponent such as St. John's University," said Alesi. "In my opinion, there is no better test to see where we are at as a team than to play against the best early and often. We are looking forward to the challenge." The Bearcats return seven players from last year's team, including CUNYAC First-Team All-Star Chimaechi Ekekeugbor. Last year Ekekeugbor led the squad in both scoring (19.2ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg), and will look to take on more of a leadership role this season. Alesi will also be looking to a talented group of newcomers to provide immediate impact in hopes of returning to a third consecutive CUNYAC Finals appearance. "Our goal is to get better each and every day," said Alesi. "We feel we have a good mix of players and are excited about this season. I can't think of a better way to start than against one of the top programs in college basketball history in St. John's. It will be great for not only our players and coaches but for our entire Baruch community as well." Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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