Cobleskill names Allen basketball coach

There is a changing of the guard at SUNY-Cobleskill.

There is a changing of the guard at SUNY-Cobleskill.

As the Fighting Tigers prepare to move up from the NJCAA ranks to play their first basketball season at the NCAA Division III level, there will be a new man on the bench.

The school announced that former Lehigh University associate head coach Matt Allen has been named the new head men’s basketball coach, replacing Kevin McCarthy, who will stay on as athletic director.

Allen becomes the college’s 13th head basketball coach since 1945. A 1995 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., Allen started coaching as an assistant at Wingate University from 1997 through 2001. He went on to become an assistant coach at Campbell University and at Dartmouth before landing a job at Lehigh. This will be his first head coaching position.

“The opportunity to become a head coach is extremely important to me, and after seeing the com­munity and the potential for success on the court and in the classroom, this situation was very appealing to me,” said Allen in a school press release.

The Fighting Tigers, who were 21-8 last season, have been known as a running team with a focus on defense. Allen’s style won’t change the team much.

“We will be a very aggressive team, both offensively and defensively, and we will play up-tempo basketball that will be controlled while at the same time give our players freedom,” said Allen.

McCarthy leaves the coaching ranks after 29 successful seasons.

He compiled a 313-111 lifetime record that included 12 20-win seasons and 14 appearances in the NJCAA regionals.

McCarthy was named the

NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year twice and was also the

NJCAA District I Coach of the Year. His teams won four Mountain Valley West Div­ision champ­ionships, reached the NJCAA Elite Eight twice and the NJCAA Final Four once.

“There is no question that this was a difficult decision to step down as basketball coach,” said McCarthy. “But I decided that there was never going to be a right time to do this. I’ve had a great passion for coaching these last 29 years, especially here at Cobleskill. But I must admit that the rigors of traveling and recruiting start to get to you after all this time.”

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