Catching Up With Tyler Hundley of Worcester State Men’s Basketball

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Tyler Hundley was recently named the new men’s basketball coach at Worcester State last week. (PHOTO/GRAPHIC Credit: Worcester State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

It was announced just last week that Tyler Hundley would be taking over the Worcester State men’s basketball program for this upcoming season.

Hundely, who is no stranger to the New England D3 basketball world, arrives in Worcester after spending three seasons with the Keene State Owls. Keene State concluded its recent campaign 19-9 overall – the Owls advanced to the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship in February, but fell to Eastern Connecticut State, a program Hundley competed for as a student-athlete.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Hundley to discuss his first-ever head coaching position with the Lancers, as well as his outlook for team’s upcoming 2018-19 campaign.

What interested you in becoming the Worcester State men’s basketball coach? 

Worcester State interested me for a number of different reasons. The first being that I know that the Worcester community has a rich and storied basketball history, but also being able to join a community like this one felt like an honor in itself. The investment Worcester State made in its athletic facilities was extremely appealing to me as well and will benefit our program in numerous ways.

 

Who have been some of your coaching icons over the years that have helped you, both as a player and assistant/associate coach over the years? Do you plan on consulting with them throughout the upcoming season? 

I consider myself lucky to have worked with such a variety of coaches with unique coaching styles, dating back to my high school days. Ron Johnson, who is a local high school coaching legend in North Carolina, really sparked my interest in basketball. His attention to detail in coaching and teaching the game was extremely important in my development as a student-athlete, as well as a young coach.

Kevin Kehoe at Cheshire Academy was instrumental with providing me some college exposure, while finding the right college program for me, as well.

Bill Geitner, who I played for at Eastern Connecticut, is one of the best basketball minds I’ve ever worked with in my opinion. I learned so much from him and his sustained success proves how intelligent he is.

Sean Foster gave me my first coaching opportunity at Salve Regina – both he and Matt Adams set the tone that first year, which allowed me to realize that I wanted to pursue coaching as a career.

Aaron Galletta, who is the men’s basketball coach at Lasell College, is a great offensive coach that really helped me look at the game from a different perspective. He also allowed me to speak and have a platform to coach on the fly.

Lastly, Ryan Cain, who is the men’s basketball coach at Keene State – he certainly made a mark on my young coaching career. We both came to Keene State at the same time – it was his first-ever head coaching gig. We hit it off immediately and he really taught me how to recruit, which has become one of my biggest strengths. He truly empowered me, while allowing me to have a lot of responsibility and influence on the Owls’ program. We had a ton of success, especially during the postseasons, which was a testament to the level that we were able to play at, but also the work that we put in, too.

I plan to consult with all of my coaches during the upcoming season, but I see myself consulting Ryan quite frequently, especially in year number one.

What is the most important thing you need to concentrate on heading into your first season with the Lancers? 

The most important thing for this season is to build a culture and camaraderie, both on and off the court, while creating a sense of pride for Worcester State basketball.

Do you have a certain basketball philosophy you plan to implement with the team/program? If so, what is it?  

I am inheriting a team that gave up over 85 points per game last winter. I have been a part of, as well as learned from some of the best defensive coaches in our region, so our biggest goal (heading into the upcoming season) will be to significantly improve our defense.

What do the next few months look like from a new coaching perspective? How will you get both yourself and the team/program ready to go come mid-October? 

I have already begun building relationships with returners and incoming recruits. They need to feel comfortable and confident in me – vise-versa. We will have numerous team activities and fundraisers planned in the fall before October 15th (our first practice day as a team) comes around. I plan to maintain constant communication with our strength and conditioning team to ensure that our team is physically ready to go, so that way we can spend more time on basketball and less on getting their bodies ready for a season. (Also), I will make sure (to use this time currently) to make sure I am well-prepared for my initial season as a head coach.

A few fun questions, beginning with your all-time favorite basketball player: who is it and why? 

I was a big Kevin Garnett fan growing up. He was a tremendous teammate and played with passion that seemed to forced his teammates to play at his level.

How much of the NBA Finals have you been watching and who are you cheering for to win this year’s crown? 

I’m not a fan of either team that played in this year’s NBA Finals. I really just like to see a good, competitive series. LeBron James is the best player of this generation and is fascinating to watch. On the other hand, the Warriors have the three of the most unique players on the planet in Steph CurryKevin Durrant and Draymond Green, who are just as entertaining to watch.

What is your all-time favorite basketball movie? 

I’m not a big movie guy, but I really like a lot of the ESPN’s 30 for 30’s, along with their basketball documentaries, too. I see them as learning opportunities.

Finally, what was the greatest advice you were given as a young basketball player that has helped you become a successful student-athlete and coach? 

I grew up Davidson, North Carolina and went to multiple sessions at Bob McKillop‘s Davidson Basketball Camp. He was very prominent at his camps and at times would talk to each camper individually. He always seemed to explain things very clearly and helped me improve my basketball IQ.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.):
The junior center scored her 1,000th career point and finished with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds with a game-high seven blocks and a team-high five assists in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal overtime win over Salem State. She wrapped up the season with seven points and eight rebounds with four assists, three blocks and two steals in the MASCAC semifinal two days later in a setback to Westfield State. Overall, she averaged 12 points, 11.5 rebounds, five blocks and 4.5 assists during the MASCAC women’s basketball tournament. She shot 62.5% from the floor this past week.


Sam Maglione WACBA ROWWomen’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): Worcester State’s rookie Sam Maglione was a game-changer in the Lancers’ 74-69 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal win over Salem State. Maglione recorded an important offensive rebound with five seconds remaining before sinking a pair of freebies that sent the game to overtime. In the extra session, she recorded a key defensive carom that sparked a 12-6 run that helped the Lancers secure an exciting tournament win. Maglione concluded the contest with seven points, including a trifecta in the extra session, while tallying four rebounds. Against Westfield State, she tallied three points in a 105-80 setback.


In the news: A congratulations is due to Coach Bill Gibbons of Holy Cross, who recently earned his 600th win on the sidelines when the Crusaders downed Colgate last Saturday on ‘Senior Day.’


Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. |Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison had an incredible week for the Hawks, as she led Becker to three-straight wins and their first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title. The sophomore averaged 19.7 points and four steals per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 45 percent from behind the arc. At Mitchell last Thursday, Harrison led the upset of the second-seeded Mariners, pouring in 23 points to lift the Hawks to a 75-50 win. Then, playing at Newbury last Saturday in the Championship final, Harrison again scored 23 points as the Hawks punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): The senior helped sent the Engineers to the program’s third consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) final with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Babson. She also averaged three steals per game for the tournament.

Stasha Greenalch (WPI | Sr. | Newington, Conn.): Greenalch registered double digits in all three rounds of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament. The senior began with 10 points against Coast Guard before dropping a dozen in the semifinal versus Babson. She finished with 11 against MIT in the championship on Sunday. Greenalch scored four points in the overtime session with Babson and had the final say with a three-pointer in the title game.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Britt Herring averaged double-double figures of 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with an 83.3% shooting percentage (20-of-24) in a 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. In the setback to Bridgewater State she put up 18 points with 12 boards, three blocks, two assists and two steals. She then wrapped up the regular season with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks in the loss to Westfield State.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Shannon St. Lawrence (Nichols College | Fr. | Milton, N.H.): Shannon St. Lawrence had another strong week for the Bison, averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. St. Lawrence had 12 points, six rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the season with a double-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 79-48 win over Wentworth.


Women’s Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison came up strong for the Hawks in their final two games of the regular season, averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals in victories over Wheelock and Mitchell. She was also a perfect 15 of 15 from the free throw line. First at home against the Wildcats on Tuesday, Harrison finished with 27 points and four steals as the Hawks won 53-45. Then at the Mariners on Saturday, the sophomore capped off a 24 point performance with a game-winning basket as Becker took with win, 58-56.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged 10.5 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She netted 14 points four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in a setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding seven points, 14 boards, one assist, one steal and one block in a 62-59 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games last week, Manis averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She began the week with 19 points and five rebounds in a setback to Army – she was an impressive 11 for 15 from the line. Three days later against Bucknell, she tallied 19 points again, while pulling down seven caroms, including five on defense. She connected on seven of 17 shots, including one of two attempts from beyond the arc, while sinking four of five freebies.

Brooke Packard (Nichols College | Sr. | Dudley, Mass.): Brooke Packard averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Bison. Packard scored five points to go with five rebounds and an assist in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the week on Senior Day with a career-best 28 points and 12 rebounds to go with an assist and three steals.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged 17 points on 14-of-20 shooting (70%) and 6.5 rebounds as WPI claimed a share of the NEWMAC regular season title with wins over Wellesley and Emerson. The senior began the week with 18 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block versus the Blue before a 16-point, nine rebound performance against the Lions. The Engineers (20-5, 13-3) split the title with Babson and Smith for the programs fifth regular season title. It marks the third consecutive 20-plus win season for head coach Cherise Galasso, who owns six of the nine in program history, and the first time it has been done in three straight seasons. The six-game winning streak is the longest of the campaign and the Crimson and Gray head into the NEWMAC tournament having beat all 10 teams for the second consecutive regular season.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola finished his regular season in dominant fashion, averaging 31 points, 12 rebounds and two steals per game on 53.3 percent shooting in crucial Becker victories against Dean and Mitchell. First at the Bulldogs last Wednesday, Durodola scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half, including two clutch free throws with 16 seconds left as the Hawks rallied for a 75-70 victory. Then at home against the Mariners, Durodola, who currently boasts 1,668 career points, became Becker’s all-time leading scorer for the NCAA era with a 30 point, 16 rebound performance as the Hawks claimed the number two seed in the upcoming NECC Championship Tournament.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Matt Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week, averaging 11.0 points on 78.6% shooting, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Morrow scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and three assists in a 93-83 win over Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a block in an 81-72 win over Wentworth. For the week, Morrow only missed three shots (11-of-14).


Men’s Honor Roll

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State| Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He registered a  double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists in a 77-76 win over Westfield State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 27 points, six boards, one assist, one steal and one block in an 89-76 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a pair of conference wins to end the season, averaging 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points, including 6-of-13 three-pointers, to go with four rebounds and four assists in a 93-83 win over Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, including 14-of-15 free throws, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals in an 81-72 victory over Wentworth. For the week, Echevarria shot 40.7% (11-of-27) from the field, 38.1% (8-of-21) from beyond the arc, and 94.7% (18-of-19) from the free throw line.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged 28.5 points, shooting 63.5% (21-33) from the field, with eight rebounds and two assists in an 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. He posted a career-high 34 points, going 13-for-23 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe with eight rebounds and an assist in the setback to Bridgewater State. He then put up 23 points and eight boards with three assists and a steal in the season finale against Westfield State.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 11 (Tuesday, Feb. 13th)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Mrgan ODonnellWomen’s Player of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell did a bit of everything in a 1-1 week for Assumption, averaging 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 73.3 percent from the floor. The junior opened the week with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in a tight loss to Saint Anselm. O’Donnell rebounded with a career-high 24 points, ten rebounds, three assists and two blocks in an 11-point win over Saint Michael’s.


MIKAELA MITCHELL ROW1205Women’s Rookie of the WeekMikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Mitchell averaged 13 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. Netted 21 points, seven boards, one steal and one block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.


In The News

Clark University recently dedicated a bench outside the Kneller Center in honor of Pat Oroszko ’03 on Saturday – more information from last year’s fundraising kickoff

Kathy Cushing, a Worcester State University grad, as well as the wife of Don Cushing (WSU ’66), the former Nichols Coach, sadly passed away.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): Russo averaged 16.5 points and six rebounds in a pair of games last week, while tallying three assists, two steals and one block. She began the week with 19 points in a 79-57 setback to Johnson & Wales – she connected on seven of 23 shots from the field, including three of 11 attempts from beyond the arc. A few days later against Rivier, she tallied 14 points, while pulling down seven caroms.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy had another strong week for the Hawks, averaging 13.7 points and 11.0 rebounds over three games. This performance included a 22-point outburst in Becker’s 50-38 victory over Lesley on Monday.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma put up 30 points in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. She had 11 points to go along with nine rebounds in an overtime win over Springfield on Thursday. She posted 19 points, nine rebounds, and two steals in a setback to WPI on Saturday.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged a double-double of 13 points and 11.5 rebounds as well as 2.5 assists, three steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-0 week for the Green and Gold. She posted a double-double of 13 points and 17 boards to go along with four assists, two steals and a block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding eight points, six boards, one assist and four steals in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Jr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged a double-double in the week for the Lancers.  The junior posted a 17 point, 10 rebound effort against regional power UMass Dartmouth in a non-conference action.  In MASCAC play, Berkel paced the Lancers with a 10 point, 13 rebound game against Fitchburg.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged eight points and 5.5 rebounds, but more importantly recorded five blocks and four steals, in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. One of the steals preceded a pair of successful free throws to seal a key 52-43 triumph at Babson. The senior finished with 10 points against the Beavers before notching nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals at Clark.