Queens Introduces New Basketball Coaches
Queens' Department of Athletics held a press conference in front of the new Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation to introduce Bart Lundy and Susan Yow, the new head men's and women's basketball coaches.
The Charlotte Observer was there to capture all of the excitement and ran the following article in the Friday, August 9 paper.
Queens University introduced its new head men's basketball coach, Bart Lundy, and new head women's basketball coach, Susan Yow, on Thursday. The press conference took place in front of the brand-new Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation, which took nearly two years to complete.
This will be Lundy's second stint with Queens; he previously coached the Royals from 1998-2003 and led Queens to a 115-41 record and two Division II Elite Eights. He'll be replacing five-year coach Wes Long, who is now an assistant coach at Chattanooga.
After his first go-around with Queens, Lundy was the head coach at High Point, where he held a 96-87 record over six years. Most recently, Lundy was an assistant coach at North Texas, and he was the Director of Basketball Operations at Marquette University prior to that.
Lundy has had experience coaching all different talents of players, including six NBA players in the last four years, most recently Detroit Pistons rookie Tony Mitchell. He sounded optimistic about building a strong program at Queens through recruiting, citing the school's combination of attractive factors.
"I think to get to the point we want to get to, we've got to attract Division I-caliber talent to Division II," Lundy said. "I think our facilities, the university, and the city will allow us to do that. We have to beat the bushes, and identify those guys, and get them to sign on the line."
Lundy also added that he plans to run his offense "as fast as our personnel will allow us." In his previous time with the Royals, the team routinely scored in the triple digits and scored as many as 126 points in a game.
Yow, the sister of legendary N.C. State coach Kay Yow and N.C. State Director of Athletics Debbie Yow, will replace Cheryl Nix as head coach of the women's team. Yow had been coaching at Belmont Abbey for the past six seasons - where she held a 92-77 record - and has over 35 years of Division I, Division II, WNBA and USA Basketball coaching experience.
In terms of building Queens' women's basketball program, Yow stressed finding hard-working student-athletes who were serious about both academics and athletics. She echoed Lundy's sentiment of Queens having an attractive combination of academics, facilities, and community.
Yow also said she wants Queens to be her last coaching job, although she's not worried at all about putting a date on her retirement, since she's still full of energy.
The men will open the season Nov. 12 against Clafin University, and the women will open at Appalachian State the next day.
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