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UMBC visits defending America East champs Vermont Saturday

Posted on 11 January 2013 by WNST Staff

No America East team has given the UMBC Retrievers more headaches than the Vermont Catamounts. The Retrievers have dropped nine straight to Vermont and trail the all-time series, 18-4. But UMBC (1-2, 3-13) is coming in off of a 68-57 win over New Hampshire on Jan. 9, while Vermont (2-1, 9-6) is looking to rebound from a 63-53 setback at Boston U. on Jan. 8. The opening tap is slated for 3:00 p.m.


RETRIEVER UPDATE: Ryan Cook led all scorers with 21 points and a retooled lineup propelled the Retrievers to a 68-57 victory over New Hampshire in an America East Conference match-up at the RAC Arena. SR F Adrian Satchell (5/5 fg, 11 pts.) and JR G Quentin Jones (4a) got starting nods and sparked the effort. Cook scored 20 or more points for the sixth time this season and leads UMBC with 16.5 ppg.


CATAMOUNT UPDATE:  Defending America East champion Vermont opened the league season at 2-0 before suffering a 63-53 setback at Boston University on Jan. 8. JR G Sandro Carissimo led UVM with 17 points, but the Catamounts only shot 27.3 percent (15-of-55) from the floor at Case Gym.  SR F Luke Apfeld leads a balanced Vermont offense with 10.3 ppg and Carissimo is nearly in double figures at 9.8 ppg.


WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC returns home to face the first-place Hartford Hawks on Wed., Jan. 16.  Tip-off time at the RAC Arena is set for 7:00 p.m.

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UMBC visits Norfolk State Sunday afternoon

Posted on 08 December 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC faces a team- Norfolk State- that is coming off a landmark season. The Spartans posted a 26-10 record a year ago and defeated Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Championship. It is the first-ever meeting between the Retrievers and Spartans.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (2-7) rallied late to tie American at the end of regulation in the first overtime period, but fell, 73-70, to the Eagles in double overtime on Dec. 6. SR G Ryan Cook led all scorers with 24 points. It was UMBC’s second home overtime loss  of the season- the Retrievers have led five of nine games with ten minutes remaining. Cook leads the squad and is second in America East with 17.4 ppg.

SPARTAN UPDATE: Norfolk State lost four of five starters from last season’s NCAA Championship team, but the Spartans have won three straight to even their record at 5-5. They won a pair of MEAC decisions, 55-45 at Savannah State and 78-72 at South Carolina State on Dec. 1 and 3. JR G Pendarvis Williams, the lone returning starter from last year’s squad, leads a balanced attack wtih 11.3 ppg. Today’s game will just be the second at home for the Spartans.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays its final game before exams start when they host another MEAC institution, Coppin State, on Wed., Dec. 12. Tip time at the RAC Arena is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Towson set to visit RAC Arena Saturday night to battle UMBC

Posted on 30 November 2012 by WNST Staff


Tigers Seeking Third Win in Four Games

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play a local rival for the second straight game on Saturday as the Tigers make the short trip to the RAC Arena to take on UMBC at 7 p.m.

Towson (3-3) saw its two-game win streak snapped on Monday as the Tigers fell, 65-53, at Loyola.

Junior Jerrelle Benimon leads the Tigers with 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He is one of five different Towson players that have led the team in scoring during a game this season.

Freshman Jerome Hairston led the Tigers with 13 points and a season-high six rebounds against the Greyhounds on Monday. The guard is fourth among Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rookies in scoring at 9.2 points per game and he’s averaging 11.0 points per game in his last three outings.

UMBC (1-5) has dropped four straight contests, including an 83-65 home setback on Thursday night against Canisius. Senior guard Ryan Cook leads the Retrievers in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg).

Towson holds a commanding 34-19 lead in the series, dating back to 1970. The Tigers have won four of their last five matchups with the Retrievers, but UMBC won at the Towson Center last year, 62-58.

Saturday’s game will mark the seventh straight contest Towson has played away from home as the Tigers begin the year on a 10-game road swing.

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UMBC receives commitments from two local standouts

Posted on 27 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- Two prospective student-athletes with Maryland connections have signed national letters-of-intent to attend UMBC in the fall of 2013 and compete in the sport of men’s basketball, acting head coach Aki Thomas announced today.


Will Darley, a 6’7”, 200-lb. guard, who attended Dulaney High School, and Charles Taylor, Jr., a 6’4”, 185-lb. small forward who currently matriculates at Mount Zion Academy in Baltimore, Md. committed to the Retrievers during the signing period.


After graduating from Dulaney in the spring of 2012, Darley is currently attending Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va. He excelled during his senior campaign for the Lions, averaging 21.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. The Timonium, Md. native earned Baltimore County Second Team honors and competed in the Baltimore County vs. Baltimore City Senior All-Star game after his final campaign.


Darley competed for the Crusader Nation 17U AAU squad during the summer of 2012.


“Will has a tremendous upside and high basketball IQ,” Thomas said. “We will look to have him fill the void left by the graduation of Brian Neller.”


Taylor, a native of Haymarket, Va., completed his high school studies at Springbrook (Md.) High School in 2011-12.  He competed in the Montgomery County senior all-star game, scoring eight points in the contest.


Taylor competed at national high school power Montrose Christian Academy during the 2010-11 campaign. He is currently playing for former Retriever Rod Harrison at Mount Zion.


“Charles is a high-level athlete that will bring a lot of energy to our program,” Thomas said. “He is a tremendous slasher and finisher.”


Neller, and classmates Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) and Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) will complete their eligibility in 2012-13.

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UMBC welcomes former conference foe CCSU to RAC Tuesday

Posted on 20 November 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC (1-2) meets a familiar foe on Tuesday, Nov. 20, when the Retrievers welcome the the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (2-2). Both programs debuted at the NCAA Division I level in 1986-87 and Tuesday’s contest will be the 34th between the Devils and Dawgs. Tipoff time is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: In UMBC’s last outing, JR F Chase Plummer broke out for 28 points at Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 14, but the hot-shooting Greyhounds held off UMBC, 86-70. SR G Ryan Cook has been in double figures in all three games and leads the squad at 18.0 ppg.

BLUE DEVIL UPDATE: After opening the season with a one-point loss to Fairfield (64-63, ot) and a three-point setback at St. Peter’s, (64-61), CCSU roared back with impressive victories over Brown (86-71) and at LaSalle (81-74) on Nov. 15 and 18. SO G Kyle Vinales (23.3 ppg), the 2012 NEC Rookie of the Year, was named the NEC Player of the Week. Vinales posted three straight 20-plus point outings in Central’s 2-1 week. SO F Adonis Burbage scored a career-high 21 points and hit 7-of-8 from the field, 5-of-6 from three in the win over LaSalle.

Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers travel to Marquette for a contest in Milwaukee on Monday, Nov. 26. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.

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Eastern (PA) visits RAC Arena Monday for UMBC home opener

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC plays the first of 14 home games during the 2012-13 season when they welcome the Eastern (Pa.) Eagles to RAC Arena on Mon., Nov. 11.z

The game marks the return of Eastern Head Coach Nate Stewart, who served on the UMBC staff from 2006-11.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Despite a tremendous 28-point, 11-rebound effort by senior guard Ryan Cook, the visiting UMBC Retrievers fell, 80-75, at Penn in the opening game for both teams. The game marked UMBC’s first under Acting Head Coach Aki Thomas.

UMBC led, 48-34, at the half, but a hot-shooting Penn squad outscored the Retrievers, 34-9, over the first 12:23 of the second half and the visitors could not overcome that rally.

SR G Brian Neller hit his first four 3-point attempts of the night and added 15 points.

EAGLE UPDATE: Tonight’s game marks the opening contest of the season for the Eagles. In Nate Stewart’s first season in 2011-12, Eastern put together a record of 15-11. But all five starters from that squad completed their eligibility and nine of Eastern’s 15 players ont the roster are freshmen or sophomores.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC heads cross-town to visit 2012 MAAC champion Loyola on Wed., Nov. 14. The game will be broadcast by MASN-TV with a tip-off time of 9:00 p.m. Johnny Holiday and Troy Green have the call on the network for the 46th meeting between the Retrievers and Greyhounds.

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UMBC picked to finish 8th in America East, Plummer All-Conference

Posted on 23 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Vermont Tabbed America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Favorite; Preseason All-League Team Announced

ALBANY, N.Y. — The 2012-13 America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll and All-Conference teams were announced on Tuesday, October 23, at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., at the conference’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Media Day. University of Vermont was chosen at the preseason favorite, while four juniors highlighted the preseason all-conference team.


Defending Champion Vermont Tabbed America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Favorite

ALBANY, N.Y. — Coming off a season in which it won its fifth America East men’s basketball since 2003, University of Vermont is the coaches’ preseason choice to top the standings again in 2012-13. The selections were announced today as part of America East’s Basketball Media Day held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, the site of the 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship.

The Catamounts received five of eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 60 points, followed by last year’s runner-up and regular-season champion Stony Brook University, which received the other four first-place votes and 58 points. Boston University came in third with 49 points, followed by Albany in fourth with 38 points and University of Maine in fifth with 35 points. University of New Hampshire (34 points) was next followed by University of Hartford (26), UMBC (15) and Binghamton University (9).

The 2012-13 season begins on November 9 with America East play starting on January 2. Conference positioning will prove key for the America East Championship, which the top two seeds have won in 29 of the last 30 years. The tournament, which is combined men and women for the fourth straight year, will head to SEFCU Arena for quarterfinal and semifinal round action March 8-10 while the title game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on March 16. The winner will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, where Vermont picked up the conference’s seventh win all time in 2012.

Vermont (24-12 overall, 13-3 AE in 2011-12) will have six players, including three starters, back from its 2012 America East championship-winning squad. The Catamounts, who recorded their ninth 20-win season in their last 11 in 2011-12, beat Stony Brook on the road to claim the conference crown and went on to defeat Lamar in the first round of the NCAA tournament for their second-ever NCAA win. UVM ranked among the top defensive teams in the league last year, finishing second and 31st nationally in scoring defense (60.9 ppg) and first in field goal percentage defense (.406). Junior Brian Voelkel, the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship, led that charge, earning All-Defensive and third-team All-America East honors last year after pacing the league in rebounding (8.6 rpg), ranking second in assists (5.1 apg) and finishing third in steals (1.7 spg). Second-year head coach John Becker and his team open their title defense at Siena on Nov. 9.

Stony Brook (22-10, 14-2) is coming off its best season in its Division I history and brings back eight letterwinners from a team that won the America East regular-season crown, reached the league title game for the second-straight year and made its second NIT appearance in three years last season. The Seawolves had success because of their lock down defense last year, ranking among the best defensive teams in the country as they were fourth in rebound margin (plus-8.3) and 13th in points allowed (59.1 ppg). Senior forward Tommy Brenton (7.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.4 apg), the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is the conference’s lone returning first-team all-conference performer and will again lead the defensive effort. Junior Dave Coley, Stony Brook’s top returning scorer, will be looked at to carry the offensive load after averaging 10.0 points per game as a sophomore. Reigning Coach of the Year Steve Pikiell leads SBU against Marist in its opener on Nov. 9.

Boston U. (16-16, 12-4) welcomes back six letterwinners and three starters from a team that won 12 America East games and finished third in the regular-season standings, the 10th time in the last 11 it has finished third or higher. Junior D.J. Irving (11.4 ppg, 5.4 apg) is the team’s top returnee after earning second-team All-America East honors last season. Boston U., which allowed under 64 points per game (63.6 ppg) for the second straight season last year, will need to replace reigning America East Player of the Year Darryl Partin, who accounted for 31 percent of the team’s scoring output last year. Joe Jones, who will begin his second season as the Terriers’ head coach, welcomes five newcomers to this year’s team, including guard Maurice Watson, a Parade All-American last season as well as an ESPN Top-100 recruit.

Albany (19-15, 9-7) returns eight letterwinners and three starters from a team that won 19 games last year, its most since the 2006-07 season. Senior Mike Black (13.4 ppg, 4.3 apg in 2011-12), the conference’s active leading scorer (1,024 points) and assist man (299 assists), will be the catalyst for the Great Danes after earning second-team all-conference honors last year. Albany will need to replace the scoring output of all-league performers Gerardo Suero (21.5 ppg) and Logan Aronhalt (13.8 ppg), who accounted for 45 percent of its points in 2011-12. Senior Jayson Guerrier will assume a more active role in the team’s plans this year after posting a league-best .423 three-point shooting percentage last year. Will Brown, the longest tenured head coach in America East, begins his 12th season at Albany against Duquesne on Nov. 9.

Maine (12-17, 6-10) welcomes back six lettermen and three starters from its 2011-12 squad and is the league’s only team to bring back an all-conference, all-rookie and all-defensive selection. The Black Bears, which ranked second in America East averaging 68.6 points per game last year, will lean on junior Alasdair Fraser, a preseason all-conference selection, who ranked 12th in scoring (12.9 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg) last year en route to earning third-team All-America East honors. Sophomore Justin Edwards, an All-Rookie selection, and senior Mike Allison, will also be keys for Ted Woodward’s team, which begins play at Dartmouth on Nov. 9.

New Hampshire (13-16, 7-9) will have nine letterwinners and three starters back from its 2011-12 squad, which tied for fifth in the conference standings, the program’s best finish since 2009. The Wildcats ranked in the 80th percentile nationally in scoring defense last season, holding foes to just 62.8 points per game. Senior Chandler Rhoads, the team’s top returning scorer (11.2 ppg in 2011-12), earned America East All-Defensive honors for the second straight year for Bill Herrion’s squad, which opens up its season Nov. 10 against Suffolk.

Hartford (9-22, 7-9) has seven letterwinners, including three starters, back from a team that was the youngest in the league last year as freshmen accounted for 60.4 percent of the team’s scoring output. Mark Nwakamma (9.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, .552 FG%) and Nate Sikma (8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg) return as sophomores after becoming the first Hartford tandem to each earn America East All-Rookie honors in the same year last season. John Gallagher, who begins his third season as Hartford’s head coach, leads his squad against Quinnipiac in its 2012-13 opener Nov. 9.

UMBC (4-26, 3-13) brings back more letterwinners (11) and scoring output (82.8 percent) from last year than any other America East squad. Junior Chase Plummer, one of four returning UMBC starters, is the league’s top returning scorer (15.4 ppg in 2011-12) and fourth-leading rebounder (7.9 rpg). A second-team All-America East standout last year, Plummer was the lone player to rank in the league’s top five in both scoring (4th) and rebounding (5th) in 2011-12. Aki Thomas takes over as acting head coach and will make his debut when UMBC meets Penn in its opener Nov. 9.

Binghamton (2-29, 1-15) begins its first season under Tommy Dempsey and returns nine letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team. Dempsey comes to Binghamton after spending seven years as the head coach at Rider, where he went 119-105, made three postseason appearances and earned 2008 MAAC Coach of the Year honors. Senior Jimmy Gray will direct the Bearcats after averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds last year. Binghamton opens its season at Loyola on Nov. 9.

For more America East men’s basketball information, including the preseason all-conference team, composite and team-by-team schedules and more preseason coverage, visit www.AmericaEast.com.

2012-13 Preseason Poll
Rank    Team (1st-place votes)                   Pts.

1.         Vermont (5)                                          60
2.         Stony Brook (4)                    58
3.         Boston U.                                               49
4.         Albany                                     38
5.         Maine                                                      35
6          New Hampshire                                   34
7.         Hartford                                  26
8.         UMBC                                      15
9.         Binghamton                              9


Four Juniors Highlight America East Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team

Six returning All-America East selections from last season comprise the 2012-13 America East Preseason All-Conference Team as determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. The conference unveiled the six-man squad as part of America East Basketball Media Day on Tuesday, Oct. 23, which was held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, the site of the 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship.

Stony Brook’s Tommy Brenton, a first-team All-America East standout last season, highlights the team as one of two unanimous selections. He is joined by three second-team all-conference honorees in Albany’s Mike Black, the other unanimous choice, Boston University’s D.J. Irving and UMBC’s Chase Plummer. Maine’s Alasdair Fraser and Vermont’s Brian Voelkel, both third-team recipients last year, round out the squad.

Brenton (Columbia, Md.), a 6-foot-5 senior forward, led Stony Brook to one of its best seasons in program history last year as the Seawolves captured the America East regular-season crown, reached the league title game for the second straight year and made its second NIT appearance in three years. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, Brenton helped Stony Brook rank 13th nationally allowing just 59.1 points per contest. He averaged 8.1 rebounds (3rd in AE), 3.4 assists (6th in AE) to go with 7.8 points per game. He earned Co-Player of the Week honors on Jan. 23.

Black (Chicago, Ill.) earned all-conference accolades for the second straight year in 2011-12 after ranking 10th among league leaders in scoring (13.4 ppg) and third in assists (4.3 apg) last year. The 6-foot senior guard, who has twice been named America East Player of the Week in his career, led a Great Dane attack that paced the league in several categories including points per game (72.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (.446). Black is the conference’s active leading scorer (1,024 points) and assist man (299 assists).

Irving (Philadelphia, Pa.), one of the conference’s top playmakers, led America East with 5.4 assists per game last season en route to earning second-team all-conference honors. An All-Rookie selection as a freshman, he also increased his own scoring output in 2011-12, averaging a career-best 11.4 points per game, which ranked 18th in the league, while shooting 43.1 percent from the field, which ranked second among guards. The 6-foot junior guard twice earned Player of the Week honors last year.

Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) broke out in 2011-12 to earn second-team all-conference accolades. The 6-foot-6 junior forward averaged 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season after contributing just 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. Plummer, the only player to rank in the conference’s Top-5 in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (fifth), was even better in conference play as he went over 20 points five times in 16 games and was third averaging 16.7 points per contest.

Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland) emerged as one of the best low-post presences in the conference last year as he ranked 12th in scoring (12.9 ppg), fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg), third in blocked shots (1.4 bpg) and third in field goal percentage (.543) en route to earning third-team All-America East honors. The 6-foot-7 forward, who helped Maine rank second in the league in scoring (68.6 ppg), registered an America East-best eight double-doubles last year and twice earned Player of the Week recognition.

Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y.) picked up where he left off during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010-11 as he led the conference in rebounding (8.6 rpg) for the second-straight year. The 6-foot-6 junior forward, who was an All-Defensive selection, also ranked second in assists (5.1 apg) and finished third in steals (1.7 spg). In addition to his stellar regular season, Voelkel averaged four points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in three America East Championship games to earn Most Outstanding Player honors and lead UVM to its fifth league crown.

For more America East men’s basketball information, including the preseason predictions, composite and team-by-team schedules and more preseason coverage, visit www.AmericaEast.com.


2012-13 Preseason All-Conference Team

*Mike Black, Sr., G, Albany

D.J. Irving, Jr., G, Boston University

Alasdair Fraser, Jr., F, Maine

Chase Plummer, Jr., F, UMBC

*Tommy Brenton, Sr., F, Stony Brook

Brian Voelkel, Jr., F, Vermont


*unanimous selection

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Monroe out at as UMBC hoops coach

Posted on 10 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Randy Monroe has resigned as head men’s basketball coach at UMBC, effective immediately, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced today. Aki Thomas, who has served the five previous seasons on the Retriever basketball staff, has been named acting head coach for the 2012-13 campaign.

UMBC will be actively evaluating the men’s basketball program to determine its future direction.

Monroe completed eight seasons (2004-2012) as head coach at UMBC after spending the previous ten seasons as an assistant coach with the Retrievers. He led UMBC to its lone America East Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in the 2007-08 campaign as the Retrievers finished with a school record 24 (24-9) victories.

Monroe directed the third-most games (245) of any head coach in the 45-year history of UMBC men’s basketball and finished with a career mark of 85-160.

“We appreciate all that Coach Monroe did for our basketball program and our community during his long tenure at UMBC,” Dr. Brown said. “We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”

Thomas came to UMBC in the summer of 2007 and has been a member of the Retriever coaching staff for five previous seasons. The New York, N.Y. native was also serving as the staff’s recruiting coordinator.

He had previously worked as an assistant coach at Howard University from 2004-07.

“Aki brings an excellent playing and coaching background to the position,” Dr. Brown said. “He has strong communication skills and will fit into our program in a very positive way. I am confident that he will be able to support our student-athletes during this time of transition. I am excited about this year’s men’s basketball team and feel that we can compete for the America East Conference title.”

Thomas, age 33, played professionally in Venezuela before accepting the position at Howard under then-head coach Frankie Allen.  Prior to that, Thomas was a standout for the Bison in 2000-01, when he helped lead the team to an 18-13 mark and the finals of the MEAC Tournament.  Thomas averaged almost 12 points and eight rebounds per game en route to being named to the All-MEAC second team.

Before Howard, Thomas played for three seasons at the University of Colorado. His tenure with the Buffaloes was highlighted by a selection to the All-Tournament Team of the 1998 Puerto Rico Shootout.  He was a member of a pair of CU teams which earned berths to the NIT, and he was selected to the Commissioner’s Big 12 All-Academic Team.

Thomas was a two-time league rebounding champion in the Venezuelan LPB League (2003-04) and earned the same title during a stint in the Colombian Federation Cup League (2004). He played his prep ball at New York city’s Manhattan Center, where he was selected All-City his junior and senior seasons.  He was also named Manhattan PSAL Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America during his senior campaign.

Thomas received his degree in sociology from Howard in 2002. He married the former Gayna Lacy in 2009 and the couple welcomed a son, Lexington Luther in September of 2011. The Thomases reside in Laurel, Md.


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UMBC adds Fuller to hoops staff

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Walt Fuller has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at UMBC, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.

The veteran mentor just completed his 25th year in the coaching business, completing a two-year stint at UAB in 2011-12. He joined the UAB staff from La Salle University, where he spent the previous five seasons as the associate head coach.

“Walt is one of the most successful people I know in the profession,” Monroe said. “He has been an integral part of building programs from America East to Conference USA to the ACC. He knows how to relate to young people and get the best out of them.”

Fuller will join colleagues Aki Thomas and Jay Greene on the Retriever bench in 2012-13.

In his first full season at UAB in 2010-11, Fuller played a big role in helping the Blazers clinch the program’s first outright regular season Conference USA title in school history. As a result, UAB earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

While with La Salle, Fuller served as recruiting coordinator and worked with all facets of the program during his five-year tenure. Prior to joining La Salle, Fuller was the top assistant at the University of Virginia for former UVA head coach Pete Gillen from 1998-2005. He helped the Cavaliers to five consecutive postseason appearances from 1999-2003, including the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Fuller joined Gillen’s staff after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at the College of William & Mary. During his last season at William & Mary in 1997-98, the Tribe posted a 20-7 record and tied for the Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship.

Fuller was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, Drexel University, for six years. In his final season with the Dragons in 1993-94, the team compiled a 25-5 record, won the North Atlantic Conference Championship and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. Drexel also finished as conference runner-up twice during Fuller’s tenure and won the regular season title in 1992-93.

A two-time captain of the Drexel basketball team, Fuller helped lead the Dragons to an East Coast Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth during the 1985-86 season. He finished his collegiate career ranked first on Drexel’s list for games played (116) and was second on the school’s career free throw percentage list (80.5 percent). He was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player after the 1985-86 season and received the Dragon “D” Award as the squad’s top defensive player.

During his 25-year coaching career, he has recruited eventual NBA players Malik Rose (Drexel), Roger Mason (Virginia) and Sean Singletary (Virginia). Fuller has also been responsible for recruiting many players who now compete overseas.

Fuller earned his degree in business administration from Drexel in 1987. He is married to the former Martina Colbert of Philadelphia, Pa., and they have two sons, Walt, Jr. and Cameron.

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