Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Phoenix Named Centenary Women's Coach

Add another former conference player to the list of college head coaches.

Last week former Manhattan standout Justin Phoenix was named head coach at Centenary College's women's basketball team.

No, that's not the school that produced former NBA star Robert Parish. Instead, it's a Division III program located in Hackettstown, N.J., that participates in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.

Still, it's a terrific opportunity for Phoenix to continue to pursue his career as a college coach.

Phoenix, who played at Manhattan from 1992 through 1996 and, then, played 10 professional seasons for various European teams, previously served as an assistant for the Kean University's women's teams or the past three seasons.

The Kean teams, during Phoenix's tenure, compiled a 75-15 record. Phoenix wasn't the only Manhattan connection there. Former Jaspers' women's head coach Michelle Sharp has been Kean's head coach for the past 12 seasons.

Phoenix also coached a year with the men's team at Burlington County College prior to moving on to Kean.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the new women's basketball coach," said Phoenix, when his hiring was announced. “I am greatly appreciative to director of athletics Billie Blackwell and the entire search committee members for allowing me the opportunity to lead this program. It has been a long time dream to have my own program and from the moment I stepped on campus it felt like I belonged.”

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