PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College Athletic Director Steve Bamford knew he wasn't going to be able to keep Jim Ferry at PSC very long.
But the move came even sooner that expected, when Ferry announced Tuesday that he is resigning his position of men's basketball and men's tennis coach at PSC to become the head men's basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
For Plymouth State, it leaves the school without a men's basketball coach for the second time in less than a year. For Ferry, it is a chance to fulfill a dream of returning to his roots.
"I certainly did not plan on leaving Plymouth this soon," said Ferry. "We bought a house here, we've enjoyed this place, and everyone has been great. But going back to New York, going to a school that is five minutes from where I grew up, and moving to a Division II school, it really was a no-brainer. It was obviously the best choice for me and my family."
Ferry, a 1990 Keene State graduate who came to PSC last summer after seven years as an assistant coach at Bentley College, was tremendously successful in his only year with the Panthers. He led the Panthers to a share of the Little East Conference regular season title, and a runner-up finish in both the LEC and ECAC New England Tournaments. PSC finished with a 22-8 overall record, setting a school record for victories in a season, and Ferry was named New Hampshire Division III Coach of the Year.
"I interviewed at Adelphi four years ago," said Ferry, "and didn't get the job then, but they were familiar with me now because of the situation four years ago. It's tough to leave Plymouth, because the people have been so nice. The players worked very hard for me this past season, and I told them I appreciated that in our team meeting."
Bamford indicated a national search would be conducted, just as it was last summer following Paul Hogan's resignation. He expects another large applicant pool, as the phone has already been ringing off the hook.
"We are very appreciative of the job Jim Ferry did for us this past year," said Bamford. "We know he's one of the top young coaches in the country, and we were fortunate to have him for one year. We wish Jim the very best at Adelphi. It was an offer he could not refuse. We knew it was only a matter of time before someone would recognize his outstanding talent and qualities as a collegiate basketball coach."
Ferry and his wife Kelly have three children, Victoria, 5, and twins James and Hannah, 1.
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