Coming off an NCAA tournament bid last season, the Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball team will open their 2014-2015 season on the road against the Arizona Wildcats on November 14th. This is just one of the tough Division One powerhouses the Mount must face this season including Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and Seton Hall. The home opener will be against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks on November 19th, while the conference opener will be on the road against Robert Morris on January 3rd.
“Our team has been hard at work since our NCAA tournament game in March and we are very excited about the challenging schedule ahead,” Head Coach Jamion Christian told Mount Athletics. “Each season when we start our new journey we look to play against the very best in the hopes of learning about our team in the best environments. We are continuing to strive to be the type of program who thrives in competition. Without question this schedule will be as challenging as any schedule in our league and will prepare us for the tough slate ahead in Northeast Conference play.” Christian, after taking the Mount to two straight Northeast Conference championship games and winning the second, has had his contract extended into the 2018-2019 season. Coach Ben Wilkins was also promoted to Associate Head Coach while Justine Miller was named Coordinator for Basketball Operations.
The Mount will experience an influx of freshman as well. Mawdo Sallah, Lamont Robinson, Charles Glover, Troy Henderson, Chris Wray, and Chris Manning will attempt to make in impact in their first season as Mountaineers. Also look out for junior guard Chris Martin, making his Mount debut after transferring from Marshall. The team was picked to finish fifth in the conference according to the NEC preseason coaches poll.
The women’s team will also see a lot of new faces this upcoming season. Kalifa Ducker, Katrice Dickson, Amira Giannattasio, Jessica Harris, Caroline Hummell and Stacey Koutris will all join the team that just came off a run to the WNIT last postseason.
“We are excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Head Coach Bryan Whitten said to Mount Athletics. “Obviously we lost five seniors who were integral to the success of our program. We feel these six young women have the chance to be special as well. They will comprise almost half of our team and will be counted on heavily for us to continue our recent success. Just as the seniors who just graduated, our incoming freshmen will have the opportunity to make significant contributions right away, and though they will be young, will gain experience quickly.” Whitten, coming off a contract extension of his own, also recently added former player Melissa Kolbe to his coaching staff as both an assistant and the recruiting coordinator for the team.
The women’s team opens their season on the road against Maryland on November 14th, while their home opener is on the 26th against Delaware State. Their conference play begins January 3rd at Robert Morris. The team was selected to finish seventh in the conference in the NEC preseason coaches poll.