With the start of the 2014-15 academic year getting underway last week on July 1, Blackbirds Hoops Journal has learned of three coaching changes within both the LIU Brooklyn men’s and women’s basketball teams.
First, the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team has a new Director of Basketball Operations in Jim Mack.
Mack comes to LIU from Division III Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts where he was an assistant coach the last two seasons under head coach Charlie Brock.
Springfield College was 39-17 over the last two seasons and finished third in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference (NEWMAC) both seasons. Mack also played for Springfield College from 2002 to 2006.
Mack has head coaching experience in the high school level in Massachusetts. He coached Sabis Charter School in Springfield for six seasons with five of them being as head coach. His head coaching record while at Sabis was 93-22 (.808 win %) and he won a state championship in 2010.
Mack replaces Yusef Abdul-Ali who leaves LIU after one season. Mack becomes the third Director of Basketball Operations in three years for the LIU men’s basketball program and third in three years for soon-to-be third year head coach Jack Perri.
There will also be changes in the coaching sidelines for the LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team as two new coaches joins head coach Gail Striegler’s staff.
First, Paul Nixon joins the LIU WBB coaching staff as an assistant coach replacing Erin Geary who leaves LIU after three total seasons including the previous two seasons.
Nixon comes to LIU from Northeast Mississippi Community College where he was an assistant coach this past season. Previously, he was the head coach at Columbia where he coached the Lady Lions for eight seasons from 2005-2013 where he amassed a coaching record of 70-153. His best season at Columbia come in 2009-10 in which he led the Lady Lions to a 18-10 record and finished 9-5 in the Ivy League.
Nixon has also been an assistant coach at Indiana, Southern Mississippi, Nevada, Marshall and Vanderbilt (volunteer asst.).
The second new addition to the LIU WBB coaching staff is new Director of Basketball Operations Hillary Spears who is replacing Chelsea Wolf who is leaving LIU after two seasons in Downtown Brooklyn.
Spears is coming to LIU from working for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever where she was a Basketball Operations Intern in the 2013 season.
Spears is a 2013 graduate of University of South Carolina-Aiken (NCAA Division II) where she was a member of the women’s basketball and cross country teams.
All three coaches are currently listed in the LIU Brooklyn Athletics website under their basketball teams’ coaches, www.liuathletics.com.
Congratulations and welcome to Jim Mack, Paul Nixon and Hillary Spears.