2014-15 Coaching additions for both LIU Brooklyn MBB and WBB

LIU Brooklyn’s men basketball new D.O.B.O., Jim Mack. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

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.

LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball new assistant coach, Paul Nixon. (Photo Credit: Columbia University Athletics)

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.

LIU Brooklyn WBB’s new D.O.B.O., Hillary Spears. (Photo Credit: USC-Aiken Athletics)

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.

LIU Brooklyn MBB reportedly hires Yusuf Abdul-Ali as new Director of Basketball Operations

LIU Brooklyn MBB has reportedly hired Yusef Abdul-Ali as their new Director of Basketball Operations (Photo Credit: http://www.spfldcol.edu)

The search seems to be finally over for LIU Brooklyn head men’s basketball coach Jack Perri and his coaching staff. After a rather lengthy search, LIU Brooklyn has reportedly hired a new Director of Basketball Operations.

The Springfield Republican last week reported that LIU Brooklyn has hired the East Longmeadow High School head varsity coach, Yusef Abdul-Ali, as their next Director of Basketball Operations for the men’s basketball program. He is replacing Josh Pelletier who left LIU after one season to take the Director of Administration position with former LIU head coach Jim Ferry at Duquesne.

Official announcement of the Abdul-Ali’s hiring should be forthcoming in the near future by the LIU Brooklyn Athletics Department.

Abdul-Ali is a Springfield, Massachusetts native who spent this past season as the head varsity coach at East Longmeadow High School in East Longmeadown, Massachusetts. His team went 12-9 under his guidance which was a nice improvement for the 6-14 record the team had the season prior. Abdul-Ali prior coaching experience also includes a season as an assistant coach at Division III Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2011-12 and two seasons as a coach at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, Massachusetts, his high school alma mater.

Abdul-Ali played four years (2004-08) at Division II Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts playing the point guard position. In his junior and senior years as the starting point guard, Bentley went an incredible 67-2 including two straight undefeated regular seasons. Bentley played in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight both seasons.

This hiring now completes the 2013-14 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball coaching staff as associate head coach Mark Calzonetti returns for his second season, assistant coach Jason Harris returns for his sixth season and assistant coach Charles Bridge returns for his second season and fourth season overall under second-year head coach Jack Perri who enters his ninth season with LIU Brooklyn.

Welcome Yusef Abdul-Ali to LIU Brooklyn!

Dir. of Basketball Operations Josh Pelletier leaves LIU Brooklyn MBB for Duquesne

After what has been a pretty quiet and steady off-season thus far for the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team, today we learned that a member of the coaching staff is heading elsewhere. Josh Pelletier, who was the Director of Basketball Operations on Jack Perri’s staff this past season, is leaving LIU to join former LIU Brooklyn head coach Jim Ferry’s staff at Duquesne next season as Director of Administration.

Pelletier joined Jack Perri’s coaching staff last August as his final coaching staff hire. He leaves after helping the Blackbirds win their third of three straight Northeast Conference tournament championships.

Pelletier now becomes the fourth coaching staff member in two years to leave the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball program for Duquesne who play in the Atlantic 10 conference. He joins Ferry, assistant coach Rich Glesmann, and director of basketball operations Danny Lawson who all left LIU Brooklyn last April after Ferry was named the head men’s basketball coach at Duquesne.

We wish Coach Pelletier good luck in his new job at Duquesne.

Perri finalizes coaching staff, hires Josh Pelletier as Director of Basketball Operations

Last night, it was announced, via where else but Twitter, that the LIU Brooklyn Men’s Basketball team has hired someone to fill the final coaching staff vacancy that was available. That someone is Josh Pelletier. He was formerly a graduate assistant coach for the University of Albany men’s basketball team under Albany’s head coach Will Brown. It was Brown himself on Twitter who broke the news. [Read more…]