Skerry inducted into New England Hall of Fame
On June 22, Head Coach Pat Skerry was elected into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in a major ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
The ceremony honored coaches, players, teams and special contributors from the New England area.
“I was obviously honored,” Skerry said. “… There were obviously a bunch of people I know that I used to play and coach against and a lot of other people who I got to follow their career. It was a good honor and I was pleasantly surprised by it.”
Skerry played college basketball in his hometown of Medford, Mass. at Tufts University where he played point guard from 1989-92.
During his time at Tufts, Skerry received All-New England honors and was a two-time team captain. Skerry holds the school record for assists with 650, which ranks 17th all time in NCAA Division III history.
In the 1990-91 season, Skerry set a single-season record for assists with 198. He also ranks fifth all-time with 95 steals during his tenure at Tufts.
“I think I was one of those guys who played really really hard and for the most part I got the most out of my abilities,” Skerry said of his time at Tufts. “My role was to defend and pass the ball, I wasn’t much of a shooter.”
Skerry graduated Tufts in 1992 with a degree in psychology and then again in 1995 with a master’s degree in education.
In just two seasons at Towson, Skerry took his team from an NCAA-worst 1-31 to an NCAA single-season turnaround with an overall record of 18-13 and a conference record of 13-5.
Entering his third season as a Tiger, Skerry will have the luxury of coaching his team in the brand new Tiger Arena with the majority of the team returning, with the exception of graduate center Bilal Dixon. Dixon no longer has NCAA eligibilty.
Skerry will also have sophomore transfer guard Four McGlynn eligible to play after having to sit out the past season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“I’m excited, it’s a different deal now,” Skerry said. “There’s expectations and with expectations comes greater responsibility. It speaks volumes of the program and the kids we have.”
Skerry and the Tigers will kick off the 2013-14 season at Tiger Arena on Nov. 8 with a men’s and women’s double-header against the Navy Midshipmen.