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PSU announces new Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Former Tulane assistant Andrew Novick to join Panther staff

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University Athletics staff has a new member with the naming of a head men's basketball coach for the 2011-12 season. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon on the PSU Athletics Facebook page and its website athletics.plymouth.edu.

            Andrew Novick (pronounced NOV - ick, like novel), a former five-year assistant coach at Tulane University, has been named the 13th head coach in the 65-year history of the Panther men's basketball program.  A native of Portland, Maine, Novick was a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland before joining the staff at Tulane in 2005 just before Hurricane Katrina hit.  Novick, who also has served two stints on the staff at Cheverus High School in Portland, takes over from Damien Strahorn, who resigned to become the head coach at Colby College.

  Andrew Novick

            "It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the next head men's basketball coach at Plymouth State University," said Novick.  "I would like to thank John Clark and his committee for allowing me to lead a program with such a long tradition of excellence.  I look forward to working with our student-athletes and being part of the Plymouth State community."

            Novick served five seasons at Tulane under head coach Dave Dickerson, helping the Green Wave to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 11 years. He was part of the staff that helped the team rebuild the school and the city following the devastation by Katrina.  Novick also served two years under head coach Gary Williams at Maryland, and has worked with head coach Bob Brown at Cheverus High School in Maine.

            The search committee that selected Novick included PSU Director of Athletics John Clark and three men who have combined to serve 23 of the past 26 years as Plymouth State's men's basketball coach – Phil Rowe (1985-90), Paul Hogan (1990-98) and John Scheinman (1999-07, 2008-10).

            "We are so pleased to name Andrew Novick as our men's basketball coach," said Clark.  "We had several outstanding candidates, but Andrew was the clear choice of the committee.  He has a strong background and a passion for the game, and we are confident that our men's basketball program is in good hands.  We look forward to working with Coach Novick."

            "I would like to thank the other three gentlemen on the committee," added Clark.  "They all took the time away from their own jobs to assist us with this search.  They all care very deeply about Plymouth State and our athletic program, and they were gracious enough to help us out.  We were all on the same page throughout the process, and we're all confident that we've hired the right candidate."

            After earning a varsity letter and captaining Deering High's basketball team, Novick earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 1999. During his college years he managed and coached in the Yes! To Youth program in Portland, Maine, a basketball clinic that serves approximately 400 middle and high schoolers annually. 


What they're saying about Andrew Novick … 

"Plymouth State is very fortunate to have attracted such an outstanding candidate pool and Andrew Novick rose to the top. His dedication and hard work at Tulane through Hurricane Katrina demonstrated his passion for the game but more importantly his passion for his student-athletes to have the very best collegiate experience possible. Andrew's teaching and recruiting work have given him the foundation that will help the young men in the program have an outstanding collegiate career."

                                    -- Phil Rowe, Plymouth State head coach (1985-90)

"Andrew Novick is an outstanding coach with a strong background at every level. I believe he will lead PSU on and off the court. The whole Plymouth State community, players, alumni and friends of the program will be very excited with the hard work, dedication and direction that Andrew will bring while leading the Panthers. As an alumnus of the program I am excited for Andrew and everyone at Plymouth State with Andrew's addition to the staff." 

                                    -- Paul Hogan, Plymouth State head coach (1990-98)

"I am very excited that Andrew Novick has accepted the position to be the head men's basketball coach at PSU! He brings a tremendous amount of experience to the program.  Andrew exemplifies what a coach should be, he will guide the student –athletes in his charge to reach their potential both on and more importantly off the court."

                                    -- John Scheinman, Plymouth State head coach (1999-07, 2008-10)

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