Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Drew Kelly, Head Coach
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Now entering his 12th season as the Head Coach at Harcum College, Drew Kelly has established the Bears basketball program as one of the top junior college programs in the nation. In the program's eleven year history, Kelly has led the Bears to a 281-67 overall record for a winning percentage of .807. The Bears have never won fewer than 20 games in a single season during Kelly's ten years as head coach. The trademark of Kelly's team's at Harcum has been pressure defense and high octane offense, and the Bears have routinely averaged 100 points per game and have consistently been near the national leaders in points, 3 pointers made, and free throw made.
Kelly led the Bears to a 28-5 overall record in 2015-16 as the Bears advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas for the 2nd time in the past three seasons. The Bears averaged 100.9 ppg for the season and finished with a national ranking of #14 in the final poll. Sophomores Elliott Smith and Anthony each earned All-American honors. Kelly also earned his 300th career win as a college head coach on February 25, 2016.
Kelly led Harcum to another stellar campaign during the 2014-15 season, as the Bears finished 28-4 overall and ranked 9th in the final NJCAA Division I poll. It marked the 2nd consecutive top 10 national finish for Harcum, and the 3rd top 10 finish in Harcum's 7 years as a Division I program. Guard Leo Vincent became Harcum's 5th NJCAA Division I All-American, and Kade Salisbury earned the program's 4th academic All-American award.
The 2013-14 season saw the Bears exceed their already high standard for success, as Kelly led the Bears to a school-record 32 wins and an birth in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Harcum then advanced all the way the national semifinal, marking Harcum's first-ever final four appearance. The Bears averaged 96 points per game and shot a school-record 52% from the field on the season, both of which ranked in the top 5 nationally among NJCAA Division I programs. The 2013-14 team saw two Bears, Jordan Goodman and Ivan Uceda, earn All-American honors, with Goodman earning a first-team selection, another first for the program.
The 2011-12 season was another excellent campaign for the Bears, as Harcum finished with a 26-6 overall record advanced to the NJCAA Region 15 championship game. The Bears led NJCAA Division I in three pointers made and were once again near the top in free throws made and points per game.
The 2009-10 season was a record breaking one for the Bears, as they posted a 26-3 final record and finished with a #3 national ranking in the final NJCAA Division I poll. Harcum began the season with 25 consecutive victories to set a school record. On February 16th, the Bears earned the #1 national ranking in the NJCAA Division I poll for the first time in school history. It also marked the first time a juco from the northeast had been ranked #1 since 1974. The 2009-10 Bears were an offensive powerhouse, leading the NJCAA in scoring with 109.6 points per game. Harcum scored over 100 points in 23 of the 29 games. The Bears also led the nation in three point field goals made and attempted.
The 2008-09 season was a historic one for the program, as the Bears moved to the Division I level of the NJCAA. Harcum finished it's first Division I season with a 22-10 overall record, advancing all the way to the District 3 title game. The season included marquee victories of juco powers Vincennes University, and a stunning road victory over the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.
The 2006-07 season was the breakout year for the fledgeling program, as Kelly led Harcum to a 30-3 overall record and #3 national ranking in the final NJCAA Division II poll. The Bears earned the top seed in the NJCAA Region 19 tournament with a 13-1 region record, and then captured their first-ever Region 19 tournament championship with an 88-50 victory over Morris in championship game. Kelly was named the 2006-07 NJCAA Region 19 coach of the year.
In December of 2004, Kelly was named the first-ever Head Coach of men’s basketball at Harcum College and charged with the task of building the program from scratch. Kelly led his all freshmen squad into their first season of intercollegiate competition in 2005-06. The Bears did not disappoint, as they posted a 21-win season during their inaugural campaign and finished in a second place tie in Region 19 of NJCAA.
In addition to his duties as men’s basketball coach, Kelly also serves as Harcum’s Director of Athletics.
Prior to his tenure at Harcum, Kelly served as head coach at Bucks (Pa.) County Community College for two seasons. Kelly quickly revived a struggling program by guiding Bucks to 15-7 overall record and advancing to the semifinal round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference tournament in his first season, Bucks’ best showing in nearly a decade.
Kelly has also served as an assistant coach for several area college programs. From 2000-2002 Kelly worked under head coach John Castaldo at The College of New Jersey, and from 1997-2000 Kelly served as assistant coach at Haverford College. He also served as a student-assistant at Villanova University from 1993-1997 under former Villanova and UMass coach Steve Lappas.
A 1997 graduate of Villanova University, Kelly received a Master’s degree from The College of New Jersey in 2002. He and his wife Meg have one child and currently reside in Lower Pottsgrove Twp., Pa.
COACH KELLY'S RECORD WHILE AT HARCUM
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Steven Hobbs, Assistant Coach
Now entering his ninth season on the coaching staff is junior college coaching veteran Steven Hobbs. With over 25 years of coaching experience at the junior college level, Hobbs brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Bears staff. Hobbs used that experience to help the Bears transition from Division II to Division I back in 2008. He plays a large role in recruiting and scouting opponents, as well as working with the Bears perimeter players.
"Coach Hobbs has been a great resource for our program for many years now," said Harcum's head coach Drew Kelly. "Having an assistant coach with the experience of Coach Hobbs is a rare commodity, and he is a tremendous asset for our players."
Hobbs has also served coaching stints at Monroe College, Palm Beach Community College, Independence (KS) Community College, Neosho (KS) County College, Kansas City Community College, and Penn Valley (KS) Community College. In 1995-96, he helped guide Penn Valley to the NJCAA Division II national championship.
Hobbs earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is single and currently resides in Bryn Mawr, PA.
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Doug Thibault, Assistant Coach
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Now entering his fourth season on the Bears coaching staff is Doug Thibault. Thibault came to Harcum from NCAA Division I Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where he served as an assistant coach for the Lancers for 10 years under Mike Gillian. While coaching at Longwood, Thibault landed to recruits from Harcum. Ryan Bogan '07, Harcum's all-time leading scorer, and Jeremiah Bowman '10, both transferred to Longwood after playing for the Bears.
"Coach Thibault is one of the hardest working coaches in the business, and I'm thrilled we were able to bring him to Harcum," said head coach Drew Kelly. "Doug was instrumental to our success this year and I'm looking forward to working with him going forward."
Thibault's resume also includes juco experience, as he served as the head coach at Jamestown (NY) Community College, and as an assistant coach at Howard (TX) College and Treasure Valley Community College. Thibault and his wife Crystal currently reside in King of Prussia, PA.
C.J. Scott, Assistant Coach
Now entering his 3rd season on the staff is former Harcum player C.J. Scott. Harcum fans will of course remember Scott as a Harcum player, and during his sophomore campaign in 2009-10 Scott helped led the Bears to one of the most storied seasons in the programs history, as the Bears started 25-0 and reached the #1 ranking in the NJCAA Division I men's basketball poll for the first time in school history. Scott then went on to play for NCAA Division I Louisiana Tech in Rustin, Louisiana.
"I'm really looking forward to working with C.J. on the staff this year," says Harcum Head Coach Drew Kelly. "C.J. has all the ingredients to be an excellent coach. He was one of the hardest working players I've ever coached, and as an alum he bleeds purple." Scott is single and currently resides in Norristown, PA.
Rob Fusaro, Assistant Coach
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Beginning his first season on the Bears coaching staff is Rob Fusaro. Fusaro came to Harcum from NCAA Division One University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he served as the director of basketball operations for two seasons. His responsibilities were the day-day operations of the men’s basketball team, which include team travel, controlling the yearly budget, opponent scouting, on-campus recruiting and practice planning. He has been heavily involved in video operations including opponent scouting, video breakdowns of games and practices and video edits to improve player performance.
Before joining UMBC, Fusaro served as the director of basketball operations at Lehigh University under Dr. Brett Reed. The 2007 Elizabethtown (Pa.) College graduate formerly served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Division II Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia for five seasons. Prior to Chestnut Hill, Fusaro was assistant coach at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Pennsylvania. He also has experience working the Hoop Group Top 100 camp as a basketball instructor.
Fusaro competed for three seasons as a member the Elizabethtown Blue Jays basketball team. He currently resides in Bryn Mawr, Pa. with his wife Crystalrae.
Maurice Sumpter, Assistant Coach