May 14, 2003
College Promotes Pete Quinn to Men's Basketball Head Coach
Runnin' Colonials to Return Several Key Players
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Pete Quinn has been promoted from assistant to head coach of the Southampton College men's basketball team, athletic director Mary Topping announced today.
"Pete is going to do a great job," Topping said. "His enthusiasm for the team is boundless, and he possesses a deep knowledge of the game. He's an excellent recruiter, too, and promotes team unity and chemistry."
Quinn is equally excited. "This is a tremendous opportunity. We've been working hard all spring, and we have a solid core of players returning," he said. "We should be one of the best defensive teams in the Northeast, holding most teams to under 60 points a game."
Quinn served as assistant coach under Charlie Peck for the past five seasons. Peck resigned last month. The pinnacle of their coaching careers came two years ago, when Southampton College won an Eastern College Athletic Conference title. Two players from that team, Curtis Small and Jason Lewis, are now top-draw professionals in Australia's Victorian Basketball League. Without Small and Lewis, Southampton College ended last year 10-17.
Before coaching, Quinn played guard for the Runnin' Colonials and two community colleges. As an assistant coach, Quinn helped recruit 20 student-athletes into the program, including most of the players expected to return next season. Quinn also introduced team study sessions and helped raise the team's GPA to an all-time high. Several players have been named academic all-stars under Quinn's tutelage.
"Pete finds hardworking players, both on and off the court, and it not only results in wins but also a high graduation rate," Topping added.
The Runnin' Colonials return several key players next year, including 1000-point scorer Jye Watson, star point guard Leon Pursoo, whose 15.9 points per game and 5.04 assists were fifth and second best in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference last season, and defensive specialists Kino Smits and Tafare Berryman. Antonio Taylor, a guard from St. John's Prep who red-shirted for the Colonials last season, is also expected to make an impact.
Established by Long Island University in 1963, Southampton College has produced 37 Fulbright Scholars in the last 28 years, many from its nationally recognized marine and environmental science programs. This small campus in the heart of the world-famous Hamptons is known for its writing and arts programs taught by many of the area's distinguished authors and artists, its SEAmester aboard a traditional sailing ship, and its Friend World Program of global education for social change. Southampton College is the location of WLIU 88.3 FM, flagship of the Long Island Public Radio Network.