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Hurley Announces 2011-12 Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff ; Plus News from LaSalle

 HOBOKEN, N.J.  (October 3, 2011) – Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bobby Hurley (Hoboken, N.J.) announced his coaching staff for the 2011-12 season on Monday. Joining Hurley, top assistant Brendan Twomey (Hoboken, N.J.), and Michael Collins (Union City, N.J.), will be 2008 Stevens Institute of Technology graduate Waleed Farid (Woodside, N.Y.) and former Cornell University team captain Jon Jaques (Clifton, N.J.).


A two-year captain at Stevens, Farid led the Ducks to 46 wins in his final two seasons, one of which included a trip to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament. He graduated as the all-time leader in points, rebounds, and steals and was fifth in the Stevens record book in assists. The Woodside, N.Y. native averaged 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.1 steals per game over the course of his career and was a four-time all-conference selection. Farid earned first-team All-Skyline Conference honors in 2006-07, his finest season statistically (averaged 17.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 steals). He was also an ECAC All-Metro selection in addition to being named to All-Atlantic Region second-team.


Farid guided Stevens to a school-record 23 wins in both seasons he was captain, and after leading the program to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, he helped guide the Ducks to their first-ever ECAC Metro title in 2007-08.


Upon graduation, Farid went overseas to play for the Alexandria Sporting Club in Egypt, averaging 10 points in just 15 minutes per game.


Faird is currently employed at Equinox Fitness in New York City. He is certified by NASM as a Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist. He is also certified by Precision Nutrition as a Level 1 Nutrition Coach.


The captain of the 2009-10 Cornell basketball team, Jon Jaques helped lead his squad to three Ivy League Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10), including a trip to the “Sweet 16” in 2009-10. Jacques earned the Men’s Basketball Rebounder Award in 2009-10 for commitment to team, outstanding work ethic, and inspirational leadership, and after graduating, played one season in the Israeli Premier League (first division) for Ironi Ashkelon.


Jaques played 65 games during his Big Red career, shooting better than 43 percent from three-point range. As a senior captain, he averaged 6.7 points per game, shot 50 percent from the floor, and 81 percent from the free-throw line. His 45.2 three-point field-goal percentage in 2009-10 is fifth all-time in Cornell men’s basketball history.


Jaques currently writes a college basketball blog for Slam Magazine called “Blue Chips”  and has been published on several occasions in the monthly print magazine. From 2008-2010, he wrote for The Quad, the New York Times’ online college sports blog.


Jaques has been a tutor at the Huntington Learning Center since September and also interned for the American Cancer Society, Momentum Media Sports Publishing, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.


“We couldn’t be more excited with these additions to our coaching staff,” said Hurley. “Both Waleed and Jon bring great experience and knowledge of the game to our program. Our student-athletes will benefit a great deal from two people that excelled on the court and in the classroom when they were in school.”


Brendan Twomey will be in his fourth season as Hurley’s lead assistant. After a 13-13 season in 2008-09, the Ducks have gone 40-16 over the last two years, winning the ECAC Metro title in 2010-11 and reaching the Empire 8 semifinals twice.


Collins is in his second year on the bench and helped the Ducks to the second most wins in program history (22) last year. Collins is Stevens’ all-time leader in career blocked shots and was a member of the 2006-07 “Sweet 16” team along with Farid.


Stevens begins practicing on October 15 and will open its season November 15 at Baruch College.





PHILADELPHIA - Freshman forward Rob Friskey (King of Prussia, Pa./Penn Charter) was tabbed the Atlantic 10's Rookie of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Friskey picks up his first league honor following a game-winning performance last Tuesday against UMBC. He nailed home the winning tally with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation as the Explorers stunned the regionally 10th-ranked Retrievers.

Friskey has started all nine games so far in his rookie campaign and has tallied three points. In addition to his goal against UMBC, he recorded an assist earlier in the season against Iona.

Friskey and the rest of the Explorers are in the midst of a 10-day break. They begin Atlantic 10 play on Friday (10/7) at Dayton at 7:00 PM.


Kelsey Haycook Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week
Freshman recorded hat trick in Friday’s victory over Temple

PHILADELHPIA – After recording her first career hat trick in Friday’s win over Temple, freshman Kelsey Haycook (Point Pleasant, N.J/Point Pleasant Boro) was awarded Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors, the conference announced today. 

“I am very happy for Kelsey, she is definitely deserving of the recognition from the conference,” said head coach Paul Royal. “She has been an integral part of our team all season long and is crucial on our attack.”

Haycook’s three goals on Friday against city-rival Temple came in the first 51 minutes of action and helped propel La Salle to a 5-0 victory in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams. 

On the season, Haycook leads the Explorers and is second in the Atlantic 10 with nine goals so far during her freshman campaign. That mark leads all rookies in the conference this year.

The Explorers (10-0-1) will put their unbeaten record and shutout streak on the line this Friday when they welcome No. 16 Dayton to McCarthy Stadium.  

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