HEAD COACH KENO DAVIS
On April 15, 2008, the Keno Davis era began at
Providence College. The 36-year-old Davis became the 14th head coach of the College’s storied men’s basketball program. “It is an honor to now be a part of Providence College basketball and it is a dream come true for me to be in the BIG EAST,” Davis said after being introduced as the new head coach at the College. “I want to make Providence and the entire state of Rhode Island excited about college basketball. I think it’s at a tipping point where we can do something special here!” Davis quickly got to work as he guided the Friars to a 19-14 mark in 2008-09. Although the Friars were picked 12th in the 2009 BIG EAST Preseason Poll, the squad posted a 10-8 record in league play and finished tied for seventh. As he led the team to 19 victories, he 72
established a Providence College record for the most wins by a head coach in his first season. The team’s 19 overall wins and 10 BIG EAST victories marked the most by the Friars since the 2004 season. During the regular season, he saw his team earn two victories over top-15 teams, including an 81-73 win over No. 1 ranked Pittsburgh. It marked just the second time that the Friars defeated a No. 1 ranked team and the first time in 33 years. Davis also led the team to a win over DePaul in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament -- the team’s first BIG EAST tourney victory since 2003. He also led the team back to the post-season as the Friars earned an at-large bid to the NIT Tournament. In 2009-10 Davis' team was one of the top offensive squads in the country, scoring 82.4 points per game and ranking third in the nation in that category.
HEAD COACH KENO DAVIS
2008 National Coach of the Year
Davis came to PC after spending the 2007-08 season as the head coach at Drake University. Davis, a 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa, was named the 2008 National Coach of the Year by six organizations, including the Associated Press, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News. In making the appointment, Providence College President Reverend Brian Shanley, O.P. said, “We are very excited to have Keno Davis leading our men’s basketball program. We were looking for someone who could inspire and I believe he will. Keno talked to us about developing the right kind of character in his players and as a priest and a teacher, the thing I care about most with respect to athletics is not winning, but it’s building character. I believe that we have a coach who will build the character of our student-athletes. And, oh yes, he will win!” In his first season as a head coach, Davis led the Drake Bulldogs to a 28-5 mark, which included a 15-3 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. His team captured its first MVC regular season title since 1971 and its first ever MVC Tournament title. Drake became the first MVC school to win both the regular season and league tournament titles since 2002. For his efforts, he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs also made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1971. Drake was defeated in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament by Western Kentucky, 101-99, in overtime. During the 2008 season, Drake was nationally ranked for a school-record eight consecutive weeks. The Bulldogs finished ranked 14th in the Associated Press Poll and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Davis had all this success in his first season after inheriting a team that was 17-15 in 2007 and lost four starters to graduation. His 2008 squad was picked to finish ninth in the MVC. “I believe Keno Davis has the knowledge, passion, commitment and ability to bring Providence College basketball to another level,” Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. “Throughout his career he has demonstrated that he is an excellent leader and teacher. From the first moment I met Keno, I was impressed with his competitive nature and his desire to return Friar basketball to national prominence. His hiring is one of the many steps we have taken to improve the Friar men’s basketball program.” Prior to being selected as the head coach at Drake, Davis served as an assistant under his father, Dr. Tom Davis, at Drake from 2003-07. He began his coaching career in 1995 as an assistant under Bruce Pearl at Southern Indiana. He left Southern Indiana in 1997 and took an assistant position under Gary Garner at Southeast Missouri State. He was at Southeast Missouri State for six seasons. Although he never lived in Rhode Island prior to becoming the Friars’ head coach, Davis was no stranger to New England. In fact, he spent much of his childhood just one hour from the Ocean State as he lived on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, Massachusetts adjacent to the Boston College campus. Davis’ father, Tom, served as the head coach of the Eagles from 1977-82. While living in Massachusetts, Keno Davis grew to love New England and appreciate college basketball. He also saw the early days of the BIG EAST and has watched closely as the league has become a basketball powerhouse. Keno Davis was exposed to basketball at a very young age as he watched his father as a head coach. Dr. Tom Davis is one of the winningest coaches all-time in the NCAA. In 32 seasons as a head coach at Lafayette (1971-77), Boston College (1977-82), Stanford (1982-86), Iowa (1986-99) and Drake (2003-07), he registered a 598-355 mark (.628), which included 18 post-season appearances and 16 20-win seasons. He also was named the 1987 Associated Press National Coach of the Year. When Keno earned the same honor in 2007, it marked the first time ever that a father and son duo had captured the national coach of the year honor. Keno Davis has written two books on basketball, “Pressure Defense,” which was published in 1994, and “Camp Success,” published in 2004. Davis and wife, Krista, have one son, Brady, who was born in 2007 and they have one daughter, Mara, who was born in 2010.
HEAD COACH KENO DAVIS
The DAVIS Facts File Full Name: Keno Davis BIRTHDATE: 3/10/72 PLACE OF BIRTH: Easton, Pa. Family: Wife, Krista; son, Brady; daughter, Mara College: Iowa ‘95
KENO DAVIS COACHING Record Overall Years W -L Pct. 2007-08 (Drake) 28 - 5 .848 2008-09 (PC) 19 - 14 .576 2009-10 (PC) 12 - 19 .387 Career 59 - 38 .608
Conf. W - L Finish 15 - 3 1st 10 - 8 7th 4 - 14 15th 29 - 25
PostSeason NCAA (0-1) NIT (0-1)
2009-10 (12-19/4-14)...Led Providence to a 12-19 record...Played the 27th toughest schedule in the nation...Defeated No. 19 Connecticut on January 27th...Ranked number two in scoring offense during BIG EAST play (79.6 ppg) and third in the nation in 2009-10 (82.4 ppg). 2008-09 (19-14/10-8)...Led Providence to a 19-14 record and the school’s 18th NIT appearance...The 19 wins and 10 BIG EAST victories were the most by the Friars since the 2003-04 season and the most by a first year coach at PC...Registered a 10-8 mark and seventh place finish in the BIG EAST...Helped Providence record the school’s first BIG EAST Tournament victory since 2002-03 with an 83-74 victory over DePaul in the Second Round...PC earned two wins over ranked teams, including a 100-94 victory over No. 15 Syracuse and an 81-73 triumph versus No. 1 Pittsburgh... The victory over Pitt marked the school’s first victory over a No. 1 ranked team since the 1976-77 season. 2007-08 (28-5/15-3)...Earned six National Coach of the Year honors, including, Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News... Led Drake to a 28-5 mark and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1971... His team captured its first MVC regular season title since 1971 and its first ever MVC Tournament title... Drake became the first MVC school to win both the regular season and league tournament titles since 2002. ... Was named MVC Coach of the Year... Registered a 15-3 mark in MVC action.... Drake was nationally ranked for a school-record eight consecutive weeks and finished 14th in the Associated Press Final Poll and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Final Poll.
First Year at PC: 19-14/10- 8 Second Year at PC: 12-19/ 4-14 Overall at PC: 31-33/14-22 Overall at Drake: 28- 5 3-Year CAREER: 59-38 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: 1-2 BIG EAST GAMES: 14-22 NON-LEAGUE GAMES AT PC: 17-11 NCAA TOURNAMENT: 0-1 (2008)
Coaching Experience: 2008 - Head Coach, Providence College 2007-08 Head Coach, Drake University 2003-07 Assistant Coach, Drake University 1997-03 Assistant Coach, Southeast Missouri State 1995-97 Assistant Coach, Southern Indiana Coaching Honors: 2008 - Associated Press National Coach of the Year 2008 - U.S. Basketball Writers Coach of the Year 2008 - Sporting News Coach of the Year 2008 - CollegeHoops.net Coach of the Year 2008 - Basketball Times Coach of the Year 2008 Hugh Durham Award, Mid-Major Coach of the Year 2008 - Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year
ASSISTANT COACH CHRIS DAVIS
Chris is known as one of the country’s top recruiters and his work ethic is unparalleled.
– Head Coach Keno Davis
hris Davis enters his third season on the Friar coaching staff and his eighth season working with Head Coach Keno Davis. Before coming to Providence, Chris Davis spent eight years on the coaching staff at Drake University, including five seasons with Keno Davis. He joined the Drake University coaching staff in 2000 and remained on the staff when Keno went to Drake as an assistant under his father, Dr. Tom Davis, in 2003. In the spring of 2007, Chris Davis was promoted to associate head coach at Drake. While at Drake, Chris Davis established himself as one of the most respected recruiters in the Missouri Valley Conference. He was instrumental in bringing in many of the 2007-08 Drake squad that posted a 28-5 mark, captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1971. In addition to serving as the recruiting coordinator with the Bulldogs, Davis was responsible for the defense, scouting and scheduling. Prior to coaching at Drake, Davis served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Michigan from 1995-2000. In 1998, WMU advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament while recording a 21-8 record. It was his second stint at WMU as he served as a graduate assistant coach with the Broncos from 1986-87. Davis also served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Kent State from 1989-95. Kent State made one NIT appearance during his tenure. From 1987-89, he was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Grand Valley State. In two seasons, he helped lead the Lakers to a 40-18 mark and two second-place finishes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. A native of Jackson, Michigan, he received a bachelor's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in history and social studies from the University of Michigan in 1983 and a master's degree in sports administration from Western Michigan in 1987. Davis and his wife, Helen, have a son, Xavier (19), and a daughter, Gabriela (15). BIRTHDATE: May 26, 1961 FAMILY: Wife, Helen; son, Xavier (19); and daughter, Gabriela (15). HIGH SCHOOL: Lumen Christi (Mich.) ‘79 COLLEGE: Michigan ‘83 - Bachelor’s Degree in Education Western Michiga n ‘87 - Master’s Degree in Sport Administration COACHING: Assistant Coach, Providence College, 2008-Present Associate Head Coach, Drake University, 2007-08 Assistant Coach, Drake University, 2000-07 Assistant Coach, Western Michigan, 1995-00 Assistant Coach, Kent State, 1989-95 Assistant Coach, Grand Valley State, 1987-89 Graduate Assistant, Western Michigan, 1986-87
DAVIS ASSISTANT COACH RODELL RODELL DAVIS
odell Davis enters his third season on the Friar coaching staff and his fourth season under Head Coach Keno Davis. Rodell Davis joined Keno Davis’ staff as an assistant coach at Drake in 2007-08. Rodell played for Keno’s father, Dr. Tom Davis, at the University of Iowa. He was a three-year letter winner for the Hawkeyes and served as a team captain during his senior season (1991-92). After missing his freshman season with an injury, Davis played 86 games and averaged 5.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg for the Hawkeyes. He also helped Iowa advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in 1991 and 1992. At Drake, Davis was responsible for the offense, scouting and recruiting. Prior to coaching at Drake, Davis served as the Head Coach at Laramie (Wyo.) County Community College for four years (2003-07). In 2005-06, he was named the Region IX Central Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Eagles to their first Region IX Central Sub-Region championship. He also served as the school’s athletics director during 2006-07. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Platteville during the 1992-93 season under current Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan. He also se rved as the athletic director at Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Ill. A native of Chicago, Ill., Davis also served as an assistant coach at perennial power Proviso East H igh School in Maywood, Ill. from 2001-03 and at Thornwood High School in South Holland, Ill. in 1995-96. Rodell and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Kevon (20), Haley (14) and Rodell, Jr. (5). BIRTHDATE: March 24, 1969 FAMILY: Wife, Stephanie, sons, Kevon (20) and Rodell, Jr. (5); and daughter, Haley (14) HIGH SCHOOL: Thornton (Ill.) ‘87 COLLEGE: Iowa ‘92 - Bachelor’s Degree in World History COACHING: Assistant Coach, Providence College, 2008-Present Assistant Coach, Drake University, 2007-08 Head Coach, Laramie (Wyo.) Community College, 2003-07 Assistant Coach, Proviso East High School (Ill.), 2001-03 Assistant Coach, Thornwood High School (Ill.), 1995-96 Assistant Coach, Wisconsin-Platteville, 1992-93
Rodell has experience as a player and a coach in our up-tempo style and he is a big reason for our success.
– Head Coach Keno Davis
ASSISTANT COACH ASSISTANT COACH CHRIS CHRIS DRISCOLL DRISCOLL
hris Driscoll joined Head Coach Keno Davis’ staff on June 25, 2010. Prior to coming to Providence,Driscoll served as an assistant coach for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club from 2004 - 2010. In his role with the BABC, Driscoll coached and developed many Division I NCAA players, including Phil Pressey (Missouri), Jamal Coombs (UConn) and McDonald’s All-American and Alex Oriakhi (UConn). He also coached current Friars Gerard Coleman and Ron Giplaye. Driscoll helped lead the BABC to two national AAU championships and several more national level championships. Driscoll’s duties with the BABC included player development and player selection for 15U-17U age groups. He ensured all players met NCAA eligi-bility requirements and coordinated team travel for national and international tournaments. Driscoll also worked with and developed many more players outside his role with BABC. Driscoll also served as director of MARA, a division of Community Teamwork in Lowell, Mass., since 1999. At MARA, he was the director of a goal focused program that provided support and services to at-risk youth through one-on-one mentoring as they worked toward their goal of attending college. Driscoll oversaw fund raising, grant writing, community partnerships and direct mentoring of at-risk youths. He helped raise more than $10 million in grant and scholarship money. Driscoll also worked with the Lowell School Department from 199899 as a Community School coordinator. He launched an inner city community program which met educational, social and recreational needs of the surrounding area. Driscoll began his work with youths at Community Teamwork in Lowell, Mass., where he served as a site supervisor of a city wide after-school program from 1992-97. Driscoll, a native of Lowell, Mass., graduated from Amhurst University in 1996 with a degree in sports management. BIRTHDATE: April 21, 1970 FAMILY: Single HIGH SCHOOL: Lowell (Mass.) ‘89 COLLEGE: Amhurst University ‘96 Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management COACHING: Assistant Coach, Providence College, 2010-Present Assistant Coach, Boston Area Basketball Club, 2000-10
Chris has the potential to be a great recruiter for us. He has established tremendous contacts with AAU programs throughout the East Coast.
– Head Coach Keno Davis
Coordinator of Basketball Operations
“Cary has an extensive background and we are fortunate to have him in charge of running our daily operations.” — Head Coach Keno Davis
Cary Collins enters his third season on staff with Providence College Basketball. Collins is in charge of the day-to-day operations. Among his duties are the coordination of the players’ game day, practice and daily schedule, equipment, team travel, team meals and oncampus recruiting. Collins also oversees all facilities related to Providence College Basketball including “The Dunk” and Alumni Hall. He also serves as liaison to the athletic department’s administration, as well as Providence College’s administration, faculty and staff. And coordinates the graduate staff, student managers, volunteer managers, office staff and serves as director of the Keno Davis Basketball Camps. Collins came to Providence College from ESPN. From 2001-2008 Collins worked as a production assistant, associate producer and feature producer for the worldwide leader in sports. A graduate from the University of Iowa, Collins worked as a student manager for the Iowa Basketball Team under Head Coach Dr. Tom Davis. Collins was the Head Manager for the Hawkeyes from 1995-1997. Collins moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to work for PGA TOUR Productions after his time at the University of Iowa. He worked as a production assistant and scheduler of the post production and live studio facilities at PGA TOUR Productions from 1997-2001. Collins was born in Le Mars, Iowa.
BIRTHDATE: December 15, 1971 FAMILY: Single HIGH SCHOOL: Le Mars Community High School (Iowa) ‘90 COLLEGE: Iowa ‘95 – Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management EXPERIENCE: Coordinator of Basketball Operations, Providence, 2008-present Student Manager, Iowa, 1990-97
Coordinator of Player Development and Video Ops
“Kevin’s experience as a 10-year NBA veteran along with his collegiate coaching experience will be extremely beneficial to our program.” — Head Coach Keno Davis
Kevin Gamble was named coordinator of player development and video operations on June 28, 2010. Gamble is in charge of player development in regards to monitoring all areas of the players academics and personal development. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the video operations for Providence Basketball, Gamble is the liaison to the Providence College Admissions and Compliance offices. Prior to coming to Providence, Gamble served as the head coach at University of Illinois at Springfield for the last eight years, posting a 130-79 mark. In 2002, Gamble was named the first men’s basketball head BIRTHDATE: November 13, 1965 coach at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Gamble helped FAMILY: Wife, Alesha, son, Kevin, Jr. (14); found the Prairie Stars men’s basketball program. In 2005-06, and daughter, Averi (12) the Prairie Stars won the AMC Tournament and advanced to HIGH SCHOOL: Lanphier (Ill.) ‘83 the first round of the NAIA national tournament. By 2006-07, COLLEGE: Iowa, Univ. of Illinois-Springfield ‘10, Gamble helped guide the squad to its first American Midwest Conference regular season title. He also led the squad to its Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies second consecutive AMC Tournament title and helped the team COACHING: advance to the second round of the NAIA national tournament. Coordinator of Player Development and Video Ops, His team posted a 23-9 mark overall and an 11-1 record in Providence College, 2010 - Present conference play in 2006-07. For his efforts, Gamble was named Head Coach, Univ. of Illinois-Springfield, 2002-10 AMC Coach of the Year for the second time. In 2008-09, his squad registered a 21-9 record, including a 10-4 mark in conference play. It was the team’s final season of NAIA action as the program became a member of the NCAA in 2009-10, posting an 11-13 record (7-11 Great Lakes Valley Conference) in Division II. Gamble was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers (63rd pick overall) in the third round of the 1987 NBA Draft. In 1988, the Boston Celtics selected Gamble as a free agent and he played with the Celtics until 1994 when he signed with the Miami Heat as a free agent. From 1990-94, Gamble was under the watchful eye of former Friar Head Coach Dave Gavitt, who was the Celtics CEO. He was traded to the Sacramento Kings in 1996, where he played for one season. Gamble averaged 9.5 ppg and shot 50.2 percent from the field, including 36 percent from three-point territory in 649 career NBA games. Gamble attended Lanphier High School in Springfield, Ill. He led his team to the Class AA state title in 1983. He attended Lincoln College for two years before transferring to the University of Iowa for his final two seasons. In his senior season, Gamble played for Keno Davis’ father, Dr. Tom Davis, where he helped lead the team to a 30-5 record and a berth to the NCAA Tournament Regional finals. Gamble, a native of Springfield, Ill., and his wife Alesha, have one son, Kevin, Jr., and one daughter, Averi.
Bryn VanPatten Athletic Trainer
Bryn VanPatten joined the Providence College Sports Medicine FULL NAME: Bryn Christopher VanPatten department in the fall of 2006 and works with the men’s basketball, BIRTH DATE: August 21, 1976 volleyball and cheerleading programs. Prior to his current sport FAMILY: Wife, Liz; daughter, Olivia assignments, VanPatten worked with the women’s ice hockey, field COLLEGE: Syracuse University ‘98 BS, hockey and men’s lacrosse teams at Providence College. Previously, Health and Exercise Science VanPatten worked at BIG EAST rival St John’s University where he State University of New York College at served as assistant athletic trainer working with the men’s soccer Cortland ‘02 MS, Health Education and lacrosse programs and Binghamton University where he served as assistant athletic trainer working with all sports. In addition to EXPERIENCE: working with St John’s University, he was also the head athletic Assistant Athletic Trainer 2006 - present trainer for Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards. Prior to his Assistant Athletic Trainer, stint at Binghamton, he was the head athletic trainer at Davis College St. John’s University, 2004-06 in Binghamton, N.Y. Head Athletic Trainer, Long Island Lizards, VanPatten earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University Major League Lacrosse, 2005-06 in Health and Exercise Science in 1998 and his master’s degree from SUNY Cortland in Health Education in 2002. He completed athletic training internships with LeMoyne College in Syracuse,N.Y. and Lourdes Hospital Assistant Athletic Trainer, Sports Medicine Department in Binghamton, N.Y. and in 2009 completed the Emergency Medical Technician Binghamton University, 2003-04 Basic program from Emergency Medical Training, Inc in Providence, RI. Head Athletic Trainer, He earned his certification in athletic training from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Davis College, 2001-03 Certification in 2000, became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Staff Athletic Trainer, Conditioning Association Certification Commission in 2001, an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic from Lourdes Sports Medicine,1999-2001 the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians in 2009 and in 2010, earned a Certified Personal Trainer credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certification Commission. In addition to national certifications, he has obtained licenses to practice as an athletic trainer and EMT-Cardiac from the state of Rhode Island. He is also an American Red Cross instructor and handles the department’s CPR/First Aid/ AED certification needs. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, Rhode Island Athletic Trainers’ Association, American Red Cross and Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps. Outside his duties at Providence College, VanPatten currently holds the office of Secretary in the Big East Conference Sports Medicine Society, sits on the Honors and Awards Committee of the RIATA, and is part of the E-Mentoring Program for the NATA. VanPatten, a native of Endicott, N.Y., resides with his wife, Liz, and daughter, Olivia, in West Greenwich, R.I.
Kenneth White Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Kenneth White enters his eighth year as the Providence College strength and conditioning coach. White is responsible for all the strength and conditioning requirements for the College’s 19 varsity athletics teams. In addition to overseeing and working with all 19 teams, he works directly with the men’s basketball team’s strength and conditioning programs. Prior to coming to Providence, White was the head strength and conditioning coach at Stony Brook University. In 1997, he was hired as the first strength and conditioning coach ever at St. Bonaventure University, a position he held until leaving for Stony Brook in 1999. White began his career in strength and conditioning in 1995 as a graduate assistant at Columbia University. A 1992 graduate of the University of Vermont, White was a four-year letterman in basketball at the University of Vermont and was co-captain of the squad his senior year. He led the North Atlantic Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio for three years. For his efforts on the court, White was elected to the Catamount Hall of Fame on October 4, 2002. White received his master’s degree from Columbia University in 1999. White is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He also has a Club Coach/Olympic Weightlifting Certification from USA Weightlifting.
FULL NAME: Kenneth White BIRTHDATE: September 13, 1970 FAMILY: Single COLLEGE: Columbia University ‘99, Master’s Degree in Applied Physiology University of Vermont ‘92, Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science CERTIFICATION: CSCS - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist USA Weightlifting Coach EXPERIENCE: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Providence College, 2003-present Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Stony Brook University, 1999-2003 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, St. Bonaventure University, 1997-1999 Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Columbia University, 1995-1997 Assistant Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach, New York University, 1994-1995 Physical Fitness Instructor, New York Athletic Club, 1992-1994
Jonathan Gomes Academic Skills Specialist
Jonathan Gomes enters his first season working as the academic liaison with the Men’s Basketball team. Gomes has worked in the College’s Office of Academic Services since August of 2008. He is responsible monitoring academic progress, fostering students’ academic growth and development, being an effective referral agent, and developing partnerships with faculty to promote student success. He spent his first two years at PC working with the Women’s Soccer team, Women’s Ice Hockey team and the Lacrosse team. Prior to coming to Providence, Gomes was the Assistant Director and Tutorial Coordinator of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes at Boston College. At BC, he worked with all the Olympics sports, including Women’s Basketball and the Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams. Gomes began his career in 1994 as an academic counselor for the College Now Program at UMass Dartmouth. He spent six years in that role as an academic advisor and as a freshman orientation course instructor. A 1994 graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Gomes earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In 1998, he received his master’s degree in counseling from Bridgewater State College. Gomes, a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, resides in Acushnet (Mass.) with his wife Emily and their two sons, Ethan (7) and Luke (5).
Carl LaBranche Associate Athletic Director Men’s Basketball Administrator
SUSAN GIBREE Senior Office Manager
Michael Swets Graduate Assistant Westborough, MA Boston College 2009 – Marketing and Information Systems MBA 2011
John Derry Student Manager Silver Spring, MD Providence 2014 Management
MICHAEL SURETTE Volunteer Assistant
PAT LEGARE Volunteer Assistant
FULL NAME: Jonathan A. Gomes BIRTH DATE: October 20, 1970 FAMILY: Married, wife, Emily, Children, Ethan (7), Luke (5) COLLEGE: Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Mass. Master of Education in Counseling, May 1998 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Mass. Bachelor of Science: Sociology, February 1994 EXPERIENCE: Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Services August 2008-present Assistant Director Learning Resources for Student - Athletes, Boston College, 2000-2008 College Now Academic Counselor, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, 1994-2000
Pat Rogers Graduate Manager Barrington, IL Notre Dame 2010 – Accountancy
BILL Eaddy Graduate Manager Ypsilanti, MI Drake 2010 – Management
MA (History) 2012
DIANA RICCI Office assistant
MEGAN REIDY Office Assistant
Steve Jecewiz Student Manager Bellerose, NY Providence 2012 Management
KELLY SHEENAN Office Assistant
COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION Father Shanley spent the fall 2002 semester as a visiting professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He previously engaged in a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion in 1998-99. As the Regent of Studies for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, Father Shanley holds a seat on the Provincial Council, a body of 12 Dominican Friars serving as cabinet-level advisors to the Prior Provincial. He advises the Prior Provincial on all matters pertaining to the intellectual and academic life of the Province and oversees the academic endeavors of members of the Province, including those in preparation for the priesthood and those engaged in graduate studies. Father Shanley has been widely published in philosophy-focused academic journals and has been a guest lecturer at a wide range of scholarly conferences.
Brian J. Shanley, O.P. PRESIDENT
On February 1, 2005, Providence College announced the election of Reverend Brian J. Shanley, O.P., to serve as the 12th president of the College. Father Shanley assumed his duties at the College on July 1, 2005, and succeeded Reverend Philip A. Smith, O.P., who served as the College’s president from 1994-2005. Prior to his arrival at Providence, Father Shanley served as an associate professor in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Father Shanley is a native of Warwick, Rhode Island. A parishioner at St. Gregory the Great Church, he attended local public schools, graduating from Toll Gate High School in 1976. In 1980, Father Shanley earned his undergraduate degree in history at Providence College. He holds a doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto, where he completed the Collaborative Providence in Philosophy and Medieval Studies. He also holds a master of divinity degree (theology) and the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), both from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. (Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception). Ordained to the priesthood in 1987, Father Shanley has devoted his entire career to teaching and administration in Catholic higher education. Following teaching assignments at Providence College and the University of Toronto, he began his tenure at The Catholic University of America in 1994, achieving the rank of associate professor in 2001. Father Shanley’s first teaching assignment was at Providence College from 1988-91. He was an instructor of philosophy, and taught in the Development of Western Civilization Program.
Presidents Of The College 1918-2010 Dennis A. Casey, O.P. William D. Noon, O.P. Lorenzo D. McCarthy, O.P. John J. Dillon, O.P. Frederick C. Foley, O.P. Robert J. Slavin, O.P. Vincent C. Dore, O.P. William P. Haas, O.P. Thomas R. Peterson, O.P. John F. Cunningham, O.P. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.
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Rev. Kenneth Sicard, O.P.
John M. Sweeney
David C. Wegrzyn
Edward J. Caron
Vice President/General Counsel
Executive Vice President/Treasurer
Rev. Brendan Murphy, O.P. Vice President for Student Affairs
Senior Vce President for Institutional Advancement
Senior Vice President for Finance and Business
Vice President for College Relations & Planning
Dr. Hugh Lena
Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
Rev. Joseph J. Guido, O.P.
Vice President for Mission and Ministry
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Robert G. Driscoll, Jr. Director OF ATHLETICS/ ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT
Since Robert G. Driscoll was hired as the Associate Vice President for Athletics on November 2, 2001, Providence College athletics has experienced unprecedented growth in academic and athletic performance, fundraising, facilities and community involvement. Driscoll has reinvigorated the Providence College Athletics program, leading the charge with a vision of creating one of the most respected programs in the nation, where each student-athlete graduates and has the opportunity to compete for championships. Driscoll was recognized for his efforts on June 10, 2008 as he was named the 2007-08 Astro Turf Athletics Director of the Year for Division I Northeast Region at the 43rd National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Annual Convention. He also was honored in 2009 by his alma mater, Ithaca College, where he received the Distinguished Sport Industry Leader award during alumni weekend. Most recently, he was elected as treasurer of the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association. In addition to academic and athletic excellence, Driscoll has placed a strong emphasis on the enhancement of facilities at Providence. Driscoll worked strategically with lead officials in the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island to help spearhead an $80 million renovation of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, which is home to the Friar men’s basketball team. The renovated Dunkin’ Donuts Center is once again a state-of-the-art facility that seats over 12,600 fans. Renovations have enhanced the game-day experience by adding 20 luxury boxes, new seats, a video scoreboard, sound system, updated restaurant and concession stands, team store, locker rooms and new weight training and fitness areas. As a result, Providence College, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the city of Providence and the state of Rhode Island hosted the First and Second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, which was a complete success. Athletically, Providence experienced success in 2009-10. The women’s cross country team finished 11th at the NCAA Championship as Hannah Davidson earned All-America honors. On the men’s side, the Friars finished 20th at the NCAAs. During the track season, Shelby Greany captured the BIG EAST 3,000-meter steeplechase and also earned All-America honors. Overall, there were three Providence All-Americans in 2009-10, including Nellie Poulin of the field hockey team. In addition to the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams, three other teams qualified for the BIG EAST Championship. The men’s soccer team recorded two postseason wins to advance to the semifinals, while the softball team played in the quarterfinals. Providence College hosted the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship for the first time in school history at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex as the Friars earned a berth in the semifinals. The women’s hockey team captured the Hockey East regular season crown for the third time and earned the right to host the league tournament at Schneider Arena. As a result, Bob Deraney was named Hockey East Coach of the Year and was nominated for the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award. The women’s basketball team enjoyed its most successful season since 1991-92 as it posted 19 wins and made it all the way to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) quarterfinals. In addition, Providence College finished seventh out of 95 Division I-AAA schools in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Academically, the athletics program at Providence continued to experience success under Driscoll’s guidance during the 2009-10 season. Part of Driscoll’s vision is to achieve a 100-percent graduation rate. In the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate data, Providence student-athletes graduated at a 93-percent rate, which was one of the highest rankings in the country for a Division I program. There have been numerous facility improvements in Alumni Hall. The men’s basketball offices, hallway and locker rooms were renovated, thanks to a generous gift from Providence College alumnus Joe Calabria ‘65. The Joe Calabria Hallway of Legends was dedicated in January of 2009. Consisting of nine exhibit areas and seven display cases, the hallway features players and teams from each era of the Providence College basketball program. The hallway’s floor is a replica of the Friars’ Dave Gavitt Court at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the project also includes a complete renovation of the coaches’ offices, the film room and the team’s locker room. The men’s soccer program received a generous donation from John Murphy ‘80 and renovated the soccer offices. The Joyce Murphy Soccer Suite opened in November of 2008. The suite features new offices, meeting spaces and a lounge area equipped with flat screen televisions. The men’s soccer locker room also was refurbished thanks to a donation by Kerry and Karl Anderson ‘87. With the creation of the BIG EAST Lacrosse Conference, the lacrosse offices were renovated to go along with a new locker room. The volleyball locker room also was renovated and a new women’s basketball video room was created. In addition, the track/cross country offices and the women’s soccer offices also were refurbished. The Helen Bert Student-Athlete Study Lounge, which was opened in 2007, was recently expanded. Thanks to a generous donation from Judge Bill Leary ’60 and his wife, Emily, the Friends of Friar Hockey Room also was
renovated at Schneider Arena. The Bill and Emily Leary Friends of Friar Room includes plasma televisions, high-top counters and meeting space for the teams. In addition, a media library room displaying the history of Friar Hockey was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Bob O’Connor ’62. In August of 2007, the Concannon Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art $18 million facility, was opened. The Concannon Fitness Center is adjacent to the $6 million Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex, which was completed in August 2005. The Fitness Center houses the Friars’ Jimmy Walker Strength and Conditioning Center as well as administrative and coaching offices, conference rooms and locker rooms. The construction project also provides the department with a state-of-the-art sports medicine complex and a new ticket office. The Canavan Sports Medicine Center, which was completed in August of 2008, is equipped with a hydrotherapy room, which includes a SwimEx rehab pool and two plunges for cold/hot therapy. Many of the College’s athletic improvements were made possible through Driscoll’s fundraising efforts. In each of the eight years that Driscoll has led the Friars, the athletic department has exceeded its fundraising goals and has generated millions of dollars that have been utilized for student-athlete development and facility enhancements. Driscoll is currently a member of the NCAA Ice Hockey Championship Committee and will serve as the Committee Chair in 2010-11. He also represents the BIG EAST’s Athletic Directors on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, serves on the BIG EAST Finance Committee and the HOCKEY EAST Television Negotiations Committee. He previously served on the NCAA Division I Management Council and was an NCAA Fellows Programs Executive Mentor. Driscoll joined the Providence community after 14½ years in athletic administration at the University of California, Berkeley. At Cal, Driscoll served as the Executive Associate Athletic Director and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department as well as overseeing football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s water polo, rugby, strength training, equipment and the sports medicine programs. Driscoll was hired at Cal as the Associate Athletic Director for Student Services, a position he held for five years. He then assumed the position of Executive Associate Athletic Director, at which point he was responsible for the administration of 27 varsity sports. During his tenure at Cal, he oversaw 25 club sports, a staff of 250 and a $36 million budget. Prior to coming to Providence, he served as the Acting Executive Director for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports. During his tenure, Cal won over 20 national championships, competed in the Citrus, Copper, Alamo and Aloha Bowls, NCAA Basketball Tournaments and the College World Series for baseball and softball. The Bears also finished as high as 12th in the NACDA Directors’ Cup. Before arriving at Cal, Driscoll served six years (1981-87) as the Athletic Director and Chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Intramural Sports at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. Prior to arriving at Mills, Driscoll was Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball and Hockey Coach at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. from 1977-81. Driscoll was a stand-out hockey and baseball player at Ithaca College (N.Y.), where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1974. He earned his Master of Science in Physical Education/Psychology of Sports from Ithaca in 1975. A native of West Concord, Mass., Driscoll was inducted into the inaugural class of Concord-Carlisle High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame (football, ice hockey and baseball) in 1993. He is the proud father of three children: Tara, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley; Kelly, a graduate of the University of Michigan; and Sean, a graduate of Providence College. He and his wife Cathy reside in North Kingstown.
The Driscoll Family: (left to right) Sean, Kelly, Bob, Tara, and Cathy.
Directors Of Athletics At PC Through The Years Francis A. Howley, O.P. - January, 1920 - December, 1925 Frederick J. Baeszler, O.P. - December, 1925 - December, 1933 Edward H. Schmidt, O.P. - February, 1934 - December, 1937 Robert G. Quinn, O.P. - December, 1937 - January, 1940 Vincent C. Dore, O.P. - January, 1940 - September, 1941 Aloysius B. Begley, O.P. - September, 1941 - June, 1971 David R. Gavitt - June, 1971 - July, 1982 Louis A. Lamoriello - July, 1982 - April, 1987 John M. Marinatto - August, 1987 - July, 2001 Robert J. Driscoll, Jr. - November, 2001 - Present
Section 4 - Meet The Coaches & Staff (Providence College Men's Basketball Online Team Guide)