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CLARION UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL

No. 2 Mike Nealis (So., 6-8, 230, Drexel Hill, Pa./Episcopal Academy HS)

  • Transfer from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

  • Red-shirted last year

  • Avg. 1.3 ppg, 1 rpg at Univ. of Sciences

  • Good screener & passer

No. 12 Greg Parker (Sr., 6-3, 195 pounds, Chester, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara HS)

  • Lone senior on the squad

  • Started 4 games in 2009 for Clarion

  • High 8 points vs. Lake Erie, Bloomsburg; 6 rebounds vs. Lake Erie

  • Transferred from California (Pa0> prior to last season; Played in 35 games in two seasons for Vulcans

No. 31 Mike Sherry (Jr., 6-1, 185, Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley)

  • Has started 52 of 54 games in 2 seasons at Clarion with 619 career points, 128 career 3-pointers

  • Led PSAC in free throw shooting (89.5 percent; 51 of 57) & is 87 percent for career (93 of 107)

  • High 24 points vs. Lake Erie in 2009; 30 vs. Shippensburg in 2008

  • HS coach was Tim McConnell brother of former US Olympian Suzie McConnell-Serio, who is the head

women’s coach at Duquesne

CLARION COACHES NOTES Head Coach Ron Righter

  • 22nd year at Clarion (341-226)

  • Three PSAC-West titles (1997, 2000, 2005)

  • 1 PSAC title (2001)

  • 1 NCAA Division II playoff appearance (2001; 0-1)

  • 11 PSAC Playoff appearances (all since 1997; 6-10)

  • Was also head coach at Wilkes College (Pa.) in 1980-81 going 24-24

  • First assistant under George Raveling from 1981-1988 at Washington St., Iowa and Southern Cal

  • In 1988 was one of eight assistants that helped John Thompson and Raveling narrow down the 1988 U.S. men’s basketball Olympic Team.

  • Was assistant coach at 1994 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival

  • Went to Duke on basketball scholarship in 1971-72 & transferred to St. Joseph’s 1973-75.

  • Was team captain and team MVP at St. Joseph’s in 1975 averaging 17.8 ppg

  • Was elected to St. Joseph’s basketball Hall of Fame in 1991

  • Played & coached in Luxembourg in 1976

  • Son, Matt, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round in 2004 MLB draft and played in Tigers or- ganization through 2008 making it as high as Class AAA. Played in Atlantic League this past season for Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Assistant Coach Al Modrejewski

  • In 17th year as assistant at Clarion and 11th in second stint as first assistant (began in 2000)

  • Coached at Clarion in different roles from 1990-95 including as first assistant (1990-92)

  • Came back to Clarion as 1st assistant in 1999 and has helped Golden Eagles to two PSAC-West titles (2000,

    • 2005)

      , 1 PSAC title (2001), 1 NCAA D-II playoff berth (2001) and 9 PSAC playoff berths

  • Coached at NCAA D-I St. Francis (NY) in 1996

  • Coached at Pitt-Johnstown (1997 & 1998)

  • Coached at East Stroudsburg (1999)

  • Prior to coming to Clarion was asst. at Point Park (1988 & 1989) & at St. Mary’s (Mich.) in 1987

  • Was student SID & student assist. coach at Alliance graduating in 1985

  • Was Sports Information GA at Point Park in 1986

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