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PSU Men’s Basketball Coach resigns

Damien Strahorn named head coach at Colby

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The head coach of the Plymouth State University men’s basketball program has resigned to take the same position at his alma mater, Colby College.

            Damien Strahorn is a 2002 graduate of Colby and former player and assistant coach for the Mules.  The Colby position opened after the past season when longtime coach Dick Whitmore retired after more than 40 years.  Strahorn came to PSU a year ago after four seasons as an assistant coach at Colby and four as an assistant at Columbia.

  Damien Strahorn

            “This past year has been more than I could have dreamed of,” said Strahorn.  “Working with John Clark, Kim Bownes, and all the people in the athletic department, on campus and in the community was truly special, and I’m very thankful for the confidence and belief they all had in me.  The group of players I was fortunate enough to coach was wonderful; they were some of the most committed and hard-working guys I’ve ever been around.  They’ll always be the first team I ever had and to see them grow is something I’ll always cherish.”

            “Leaving Plymouth after one year was not what I anticipated,” Strahorn added.  “I’m grateful for the opportunity to go back to my alma mater, it’s always been a dream job of mine.  This past year at Plymouth State not only prepared me for this opportunity, but one I’ll always look back on with extreme fondness.  I will miss it here and wish the people at PSU nothing but the best.”

            Strahorn took over a Plymouth State team in 2010 that had lost four starters and led the Panthers to an 11-14 overall record.  PSU was picked to finish eighth in the Little East Conference and placed sixth with a 5-9 mark.

            “We wish Damien the very best in his new position at Colby,” said PSU athletic director John Clark.  “We know this is a unique opportunity for him and how special it is to coach at your alma mater.  Damien did an outstanding job while he was here, and we know he will do the same at Colby.  We will all be following the success of Colby’s men’s basketball program in the years to come.”

            Clark also announced that due to the timing of this change, PSU will hire a part-time interim head coach for the 2011-12 season.

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