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June 7, 1999

PSC names new Men's Basketball Coach

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College has filled one of its high-profile coaching positions, Panther Athletic Director Steve Bamford announced Monday.

The new men's basketball coach and men's tennis coach for the 1999-2000 season is John Scheinman, who spent the past three years as head basketball coach at New England College in Henniker, N.H. Scheinman takes over from Jim Ferry, who left last month after one season to become head coach at Adelphi University.

A 1984 graduate of Marist College who earned his Master's degree from Keene State in 1988, Scheinman has been involved in collegiate coaching the past 15 years. He was an assistant coach at Keene State from 1984-89 and at Fairleigh Dickinson from 1989-91 before spending five years at St. Joseph's College in Maine. That stint included four years as an assistant (1991-92 and 1993-96) and one season as head coach (1992-93), when he posted a 22-7 record.

Scheinman took over the New England College program prior to the 1996-97 campaign, inheriting a team that did not win a game the previous season. He guided his first squad to a 12-13 record, followed by successive years of 17-8 and 14-11, the first back-to-back winning seasons at NEC in 15 years. The 1998-99 unit posted a 14-11 record including an 85-83 victory over Plymouth State in the Panther Holiday Classic.

"Our search committee and the players we involved were very impressed by John," said Bamford. "It was a very tough search because we had four outstanding finalists. Our new coach is an outstanding recruiter, and has a real passion for coaching. One of the factors is that they played us hard and they beat us. I was impressed with the quality of effort his players showed. John will be a tremendous ambassador for our program."

With his one year as head coach at St. Joseph's and three years at NEC (43-32), Scheinman's career coaching record stands at 65-39. Scheinman, who will officially begin July 1st but has already started working on his new job, will inherit a team that set a school record for victories with a 22-7 record, and advanced to the championship game of both the Little East Conference and ECAC New England Tournaments.

"I'm impressed with the academic and athletic reputation of Plymouth State, and I'm looking forward to my new position," said Scheinman. "We'll be hard-pressed to match last year's success, but we'll bring stability to the program. I expect PSC will continue to be one of the first-class Division III institutions."

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