Noontime’s Basketball Notebook: Familiar Faces In New Places
By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
It has been a busy few days in the D3 basketball world with some coaching changes, especially here in New England.
For starters, we learned a few days ago that Tom Glynn will be taking over the Rhode Island College men’s basketball program after guiding Nichols College to a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championships the past two winters.
Glynn turned the Bison into a very solid New England program and is expected to work his magic with the Anchormen this upcoming season.
The news of Glynn’s departure from Nichols to RIC was announced last Wednesday, June 20th.
“Rhode Island College is a special place and I consider myself extremely fortunate to be part of this community,” said Glynn via the RIC release.
“This basketball program has a winning tradition and great support from the campus and local community. I look forward to working with the talented group of student-athletes in our pursuit to hang the next banner in The Murray Center.”
Glynn takes over for coach Michael Byrnes, who guided the Anchormen to an 8-18 overall record, including a 5-9 mark in the Little East Conference (LEC).
Also being named a new head coach last Wednesday was former Middlebury College assistant Jessica Turner, who takes over a talented Skidmore College women’s basketball team.
Turner, who played basketball at Castleton University, spent five seasons with the Panthers, assisting them to a 17-8 ledger this past winter, along with an appearance in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament. She was instrumental in helping Catherine Harrison earn the conference’s Rookie of the Year honor at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
“It is truly an honor to be selected as the next women’s basketball coach at Skidmore,” Turner said via the Skidmore press release last week. “I am humbled and incredibly excited by this amazing opportunity!
Skidmore captured the Liberty League (LL) crown this past winter before making its second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in program history.
Additional Coaching News:
Joseph Busacca will lead the Curry College men’s basketball team this winter after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Manhattanville College.
Charles “Guy” Rancourt will oversee the Western Connecticut men’s basketball team this winter. Rancourt coached Lycoming this past winter, but is an alum of Western Connecticut.
Worcester State announced at the beginning of the month that Tyler Hundley will oversee the Lancers this upcoming season. Hundley was recently an associate coach with the Keene State men’s basketball team.
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