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Lions debut with new coach, league

Posted 11/12/13

 

With a new league and a new, former Division I coach, the Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team launches a new season with expectations and questions.

The Lions were picked ninth out of 10 teams in the Capital Athletic …

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With a new league and a new, former Division I coach, the Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team launches a new season with expectations and questions.

The Lions were picked ninth out of 10 teams in the Capital Athletic Conference in a preseason poll of league coaches.

The Lions, 12-15 last year, open their season in the Gettysburg College Tip-off Tournament against DeSales on Friday, Nov. 15 in Gettysburg.

“Right now everybody in our program is really a freshman, in terms of what we’re trying to do with our system but I’ve been really blessed with two guys in Kenny Stone and Will Doyle, our seniors,” said Don Friday, the Lions’ new coach. “They’ve really helped make my transition easier and they’ve been great intermediaries per say with helping me learn our kids, learn their personalities, different motivation points.”

“They’ve really been good in terms of taking the message we’re spreading to the locker room, to the court, into the classroom here and just trying to make Penn State Harrisburg a better campus overall.”

Friday, who coached Division I St. Francis of Loretto from 2008-12, had good things to say about the Lions’ transition to a newer, tougher conference. Penn State Harrisburg previously was a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

“What I do see in this league is the depth … the footprint of the league is terrific because it’s going to be able to allow us all to recruit some different areas,’’ said Friday. “The whole strength of the conference affiliation – to be able to say you can package great academics with a top flight athletic conference, every one of us is going to make our programs better.”