McCarthy added to Towson basketball staff

June 12, 2013 | WNST Staff

McCarthy Helped Guide Northeastern to CAA Regular Season Title in 2012-13
TOWSON, Md. – Former Northeastern assistant coach Jim McCarthy will join the Towson University men’s basketball coaching staff, Tiger head coach Pat Skerry announced on Wednesday.

McCarthy, who helped guide the Huskies to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season title in 2012-13, joins Skerry’s staff as an assistant coach.

“We’re excited to get someone of Jimmy’s caliber who will improve our already strong staff,” said Skerry. “He has a very intelligent basketball mind and has worked for some outstanding head coaches in Bill Coen (Northeastern),Tom Murphy (Hamilton), Dave Paulsen (Williams) and James Jones (Yale). He’s a proven recruiter who will not only help us in the Northeast, but will also benefit our program with his ability to evaluate and recruit on a national level.

“We’re excited to bring Jimmy, his wife Katie and their family here to Towson,” he added. “We are looking forward to Jimmy contributing great things for us as we continue our quest for a CAA Championship.”

McCarthy joined the Northeastern staff as assistant coach in 2006 and distinguished himself as a dedicated recruiter and on-court coach. One of his primary duties at Towson will be off- and on-campus recruiting. He will also be heavily involved with scouting report preparations for Towson’s opponents as well as video breakdowns of games and practices for current Tiger players.

During the final year of McCarthy’s tenure at Northeastern, the Huskies enjoyed one of the best seasons in program history. NU collected 20 wins, equaling its best win total in eight years, and returned to the postseason for the third time in five years with a NIT berth in 2013.

At Northeastern, McCarthy worked closely with the team’s perimeter players and helped two-time All-CAA first-team selection Chaisson Allen, as well as Matt Janning, who left Northeastern as one of its all-time greats, including back-to-back All-CAA first-team awards. Under McCarthy’s watch, NU guard Joel Smith earned All-CAA first-team honors in 2012-13.

In his tenure off the court, McCarthy served as a liaison for Student-Athlete Academic Support Services, scheduled non-conference games and worked on NCAA compliance.

Before joining the NU staff, McCarthy spent three years as an assistant coach at Yale, where he was active in recruiting, scouting and game preparation. He was also responsible for the development of the team’s perimeter players, two of whom were named All-Ivy.

Before Yale, McCarthy spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Williams College, helping lead the team to the 2002-03 NCAA Div. III national title. During those two years, the Williams staff produced an All-America player, a Final Four Most Outstanding Player and three all- conference performers, while posting a combined record of 53-7. The team won consecutive NESCAC championships and was the first NESCAC and New England school to win a Div. III national title.

Professionally, McCarthy is the CAA representative for the NABC’s Assistant Coaches Committee. For the past four years, he has participated in the prestigious Villa 7 Consortium for assistant coaches across the nation.

A 2001 graduate of Hamilton College, McCarthy played for Northeastern assistant coach Tom Murphy and was an All-UCAA selection in 2000. Murphy is one of the all-time winningest NCAA Division III coaches. McCarthy earned the school’s Ned Doyle Award for leadership, athletic success and academic achievement.

McCarthy and his wife, Katie, reside in Lutherville with their two-year old son, Nathan, and 10-month old daughter, Hannah.