May 28, 2010
PITTSBURGH--University of Pittsburgh head basketball coach Jamie Dixon announced the appointment of Pat Skerry as the program's Assistant Coach on Friday. Skerry joins fellow assistant coaches Pat Sandle and Brandin Knight, director of men's basketball operations Brian Regan and video coordinator Rasheen Davis as members of Dixon's staff.
"We are excited about Pat becoming a member of the university community and I know he is ecstatic to be coming to Pittsburgh," Dixon said. "Pat has worked with some outstanding coaches including 2008 National Coach of the Year Keno Davis and Rhode Island coach Jim Baron. He will help us in recruiting, scouting and player development. We are fortunate to have a coach with his well-rounded and vast background, along with an individual who has previous head coaching experience. He also has extensive recruiting contacts on the East Coast and in the Big East region."
Skerry arrives at Pitt with 19 years of combined coaching experience at eight different schools: Providence (2008-10), Rhode Island (2005-08), College of Charleston (2003-05), William & Mary (2000-03), Northeastern (1998-00), Curry College, Mass. (1996-98), Stonehill College, Mass. (1995-96) and his alma mater Tufts (1992-95).
"I'm extremely excited to join the Pitt staff," Skerry said. "We obviously want to continue the great tradition established at Pitt. The program's championship success speaks for itself."
Skerry spent the last two seasons at Providence under Keno Davis. In 2008-09, the Friars advanced to the NIT with a 19-14 overall record and 10-8 Big East slate. Skerry assisted with the Friars' 2009 recruiting class which was ranked No. 35 in the nation by Hoop Scoop.
Prior to his appointment at Providence, Skerry spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island under head coach Jim Baron. While at URI, Skerry gained national recognition when he was named one of the top assistant coaches in the country in 2007 by Hoop Scoop. In 2008, Fox Sports.com named Skerry the top mid-major assistant in the nation. He also gained exposure through his recruiting as his 2006 class was rated No. 24 in the nation by Hoop Scoop along with a No. 61 ranking for the Rams' 2007 group.
Skerry served as an assistant for two seasons at the College of Charleston under former Pitt assistant and current Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. While at Charleston, the Cougars posted a combined 38-19 two-year record.
He coached for three seasons at Colonial Athletic Association institution William & Mary and worked for two years as an assistant coach and chief recruiter at Northeastern University (1998-2000).
In 1996 at the age of 26, Skerry became the second-youngest head coach in the nation when he was selected to guide the Curry College (Mass.) basketball program. He coached at Curry for two seasons, leading the Colonels to the school's first winning season in five years. He also spent one year as an assistant at Stonehill College (Mass.) and three seasons as an assistant at Tufts University where he helped guide the Jumbos to two ECAC Tournaments along with the school's first NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 1995.
A native of Medford, Mass., Skerry played at Tufts from 1989-92 where he earned All-New England honors and was a two-year team captain. As a point guard, he dished out a school record 650 assists during his career, which still ranks as the 17th all-time best total in NCAA Division III history. His 6.8 career assists per game still ranks 10th nationally. In 1990-91, Skerry recorded 198 assists, a Tufts single-season record. He also ranks fifth on the school's career steals list with 95. While at Tufts, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1992 and a master's degree in education in 1995.
Skerry replaces Tom Herrion, who was named the head coach at Marshall University on April 10, 2010. Over the last five seasons, Pitt has had four assistant coaches move on to head coaching positions. In addition to Herrion, former Pitt assistants Mike Rice (Robert Morris), Barry Rohrssen (Manhattan) and Joe Lombardi (Indiana, Pa.) all have gone on to become head coaches at their respective schools.
Pat Skerry--Named assistant men's basketball coach.
THE PAT SKERRY FILE
Birthdate: January 21, 1970
Hometown: Medford, Mass.
Education: Bachelor of Science--Pyschology, Tufts University, 1992; Master's degree--Education, Tufts University, 1995.
Family: Wife Kristen, two sons Ryan (5) and Owen (1).
Assistant Coach, University of Pittsburgh, 2010-current; Assistant Coach, Providence College, 2008-10; Assistant Coach, University of Rhode Island, 2005-08; Assistant Coach, College of Charleston, 2003-05; Assistant Coach, William & Mary, 2000-03; Assistant Coach, Northeastern University, 1998-2000; Head Coach, Curry College (Mass.), 1996-98; Assistant Coach, Stonehill College (Mass.), 1995-96; Assistant Coach, Tufts University, 1992-95.
Tufts University (1989-92)
Earned All-New England honors and was a two-year team captain...Set school record with 650 career assists which still ranks as the 17th best total in NCAA Division III...His 6.8 career assists per game still ranks 10th in national recordbooks.