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June 13, 2007

PSU Men’s Basketball Coach John Scheinman to take one-year leave of absence

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - There will be a different look on the sidelines for Plymouth State University men's basketball games in 2007-08.

PSU head coach John Scheinman has announced he is taking a one-year leave of absence from the Panthers for the 2007-08 campaign. Jay Harris, an assistant on Scheinman's staff last year, will serve as interim head coach of the Panthers for the season.

Scheinman (right), who has been PSU's head coach for eight years, has also been the fund-raising and development coordinator for the athletic department. For the next year, Scheinman will work full-time in the University's advancement office, assisting in part with the development efforts for new athletic facilities projects.

"John has done a great job as both basketball coach and development coordinator for our department," said athletic director John P. Clark. "A need arose for a person to fill an athletic role in our development projects, and John is the right person for the job. I am excited for both John and for Jason Harris, who will be the interim coach. This is a wonderful opportunity for both of them."

"I am excited about the chance to serve PSU Athletics in this exciting time in its history," said Scheinman, who has a 136-85 record in eight years with five post-season berths. ‘I know the basketball program will be in great hands under Jay Harris' guidance, and I look forward to returning to the sidelines next year with my batteries recharged and ready to go."

Harris (left), a 2005 graduate of Rhode Island College, was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Anchormen. He was a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater for one year under coach Bob Walsh before joining the PSU staff last summer.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to coach one of the premier programs in the Little East Conference," said Harris. "I hope to maintain the level of the program during Coach Scheinman's absence. I would like to thank Mr. Clark and Coach Scheinman for having the faith to consider me for this position."

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