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2019-20 MEN’S BASKETBALL OFFICIAL

YEARBOOK

ISSUE 1

4 Embracing the Challenge

Focus on Teaching...Focus on Loving...Focus on Patience...Focus on Development.

TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S

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Embracing the Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Men’s Basketball Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Hawks’ fans are beaming with pride over the NEW floor design

Men’s Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Quick Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 NABC Honors Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. University President . . .12 Jill Bodensteiner, Director of Athletics . . . . .15 New Court Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Men’s Coaching Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Meet the Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 The Hawk Mascot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 SJU by the Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Great Fieldhouse Moments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 SJU Traditions and Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

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Focus on Teaching... Focus on Loving... Focus on Patience... Focus on Development.

Embracing the Challenge


Billy Lange on his Childhood and the Inspiration of his Father

Growing up, my dad coached at Overbrook [High School in Pine Hill]. Like most children who grow up loving any sport, there was a point when I thought I wanted to play for the rest of my life. I think I really figured out at like 7 or 8 that wasn’t going to happen, but I still wanted to be involved with the game forever. I remember being at my dad’s high school practices and going into the locker room to give pretend pre-game speeches. I played at Eustace and played one year of Division III at DeSales, which was then Allentown College. I transferred to Rowan and played for two years. I stopped playing my senior year. I saw the writing on the wall that my basketball career was going to end, and I began to put all my efforts toward becoming a great coach.

Coach Lange’s Advice for Young Athletes

I’ve had a mantra ever since I was a kid. I think I even wrote it in my eighth-grade yearbook: follow your heart. We’re all wired to be passionate about something. As we get older, other things get in our way, things like debt or money or other problems. If you can, make the decision when you’re young to say, “This is what I know I’m meant to do,” and then just do it. I can’t imagine myself not doing this. My advice is that if something is on your heart at 7 or 8 years old, you owe it to yourself to go for it.

The BIG 5 Tradition

The Big 5 is great! We want to win it. You want to build on that tradition. I've seen firsthand players that have no idea about the Big 5 because they did not grow up in this amazing basketball city. They come from other areas and they don’t get it right away. Then they get in that game and it just changes. Saint Joseph's vs. whoever becomes a really big game on their schedule. I'm excited to be a part of it.

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2019-20 Schedule D AT E Nov. 5 Nov. 10 Nov. 13 Nov. 16 Nov. 21 Nov. 22 Nov. 24 Nov. 30 Dec. 3 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 19 Jan. 2 Jan. 5 Jan. 8 Jan. 11 Jan. 15 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 29 Feb. 1 Feb. 8 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Feb. 26 Feb. 29 March 4 March 7 March 11March 15

OPPONENT BRADLEY at Old Dominion at UConn ! at Loyola Chicago vs. Florida ^ vs. Miami/Missouri State ^ vs. TBA ^ SAINT FRANCIS (Pa.) LAFAYETTE VILLANOVA # at Temple # WILLIAM & MARY at Richmond * DAYTON * DUQUESNE * at Davidson * RHODE ISLAND * at Penn # VCU * at George Washington * at Massachusetts * SAINT LOUIS * at La Salle * ST. BONAVENTURE * at Rhode Island * DAVIDSON * at George Mason * at Saint Louis * FORDHAM * at St. Bonaventure * LA SALLE *# Atlantic 10 Championship (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

EST 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 1:30/2:00 p.m. TBA TBA 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Noon 6:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Home games in CAPS at Hagan Arena unless noted All times Eastern ^ - Denotes Charleston Classic contest ! - Denotes a non-bracketed Charleston Classic contest # - Denotes Big 5 contest; * - Denotes Atlantic 10 contest 8

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2019-20 Roster Head Coach: Billy Lange (Rowan ’94) – 1st Season Assistant Coaches: John Griffin III (Bucknell ’08) – 1st Season Justin Scott (East Stroudsburg ’07) – 1st Season Brenden Staughn (Hood College ’12) – 1st Season Head Strength and Condition Coach: Eric Lang (West Chester ’13) – 1st Season

Director of Scouting and Analystics: Thomas Boyle (Saint Joseph’s ’15) – 4th Season

Director of Basketball Operations: Amanda Casale (Syracuse ’16) – 1st Season

Program Services Specialist: Michelle Thomas – 1st Season

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Chereef Knox

Fr.

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Philadelphia, Pa.

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Ryan Daly

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Havertown, Pa.

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Myles Douglas

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Edgewood, Md.

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Cameron Brown

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Greenbelt, Md.

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Greg Smith

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Flemington, N.J.

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Rahmir Moore

Fr.

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6-3

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Philadelphia, Pa.

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Toliver Freeman

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6-3

210

Baton Rouge, La.

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Anthony Longpré

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L’Assomption, Quebec

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Lorenzo Edwards

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Lake Forest, Ill.

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Greg Foster, Jr.

So.

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Milwaukee, Wis.

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Dennis Ashley

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Los Angeles, Calif.

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Taylor Funk

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Lancaster, Pa.

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Quick Facts 2019-20 Men’s Basketball Location ......................................................................................Philadelphia, PA 19131 Founded....................................................................................................................1851 Enrollment ........................................................................4,540 (full-time undergrads) Denomination ..........................................................................Roman Catholic (Jesuit) Nickname ..........................................................................................................Hawks Colors ..............................................................................................Crimson and Gray Athletic Affiliation ................................................................................NCAA Division I Conference ..................................................................................................Atlantic 10 Home Arena ......................................................................Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena Capacity ..............................................................................................................4,200 President ......................................................................................Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. Director of Athletics............................................................................Jill Bodensteiner 2018-19 Overall Record......................................................................................14-19 2018-19 Conference Record/Finish..............................................................6-12/10th Letterwinners Returning/Lost ................................................................................6/8 Starters Returning/Lost ..........................................................................................2/3 Newcomers................................................................................................................6 Head Coach (alma mater) ....................................................Billy Lange (Rowan ’1994) Career Record/Year ..........................................................................131-134 (9 years) Record at School/Year ..................................................................................First Year Assistant Coaches ................................John Griffin III, Justin Scott, Brendan Straughn Director of Basketball Operations ........................................................Amanda Casale All-Time Team Record......................................................................................1624-1118

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Toliver Freeman Saint Joseph's men's basketball senior, Toliver Freeman, has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, organization officials announced in July. A three-year letterwinner, Freeman appeared in seven games in 2018-19 and received the team's annual George Senesky Academic Award. A member of both the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and the SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll, he joined the Hawks as a walk-on in 2016-17 and was awarded a scholarship this past Spring semester. In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior academically, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year, matriculated at least one year at their current institution and is a member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.


Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. Saint Joseph’s University’s 28th President ark C. Reed, Ed.D. became the 28th president of Saint Joseph’s University in July of 2015. Since his arrival, Dr. Reed has prioritized sustaining and expanding academic quality and ensuring the University’s financial strength through sound management, collaboration and a progressive mindset.

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His vision for Saint Joseph’s takes shape in the University’s new bold and forward-thinking strategic plan. Its implementation will secure SJU as a leading comprehensive liberal arts university with a broad academic portfolio; strong liberal arts and sciences core; prominent professional, co-curricular and athletic programs; and a campus that meets and exceeds the expectations of modern learners. As President, Dr. Reed is deeply committed to understanding and attending to the experience of students, ensuring a rigorous and reflective education that leads graduates to fuller personal and professional lives. A product of Jesuit education, Dr. Reed believes in the University’s Jesuit tradition and accepts a responsibility to steward its mission as central to his leadership. Dr. Reed came to Saint Joseph’s from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he served in multiple senior leadership roles over a fifteen-year tenure. An accomplished educator and administrator, Dr. Reed was involved in all aspects of academic and student life, as well as administration, enrollment management, finance, marketing,

strategic planning, operations and external affairs. Currently, Dr. Reed chairs the Council of Presidents for the Atlantic 10 Conference and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), and the City Avenue Special Services District. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), and is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. A sought-after speaker and subject matter expert on the business of higher education, Dr. Reed most recently delivered keynote addresses to the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Leadership Seminar. He has also offered commentary in Inside Higher Ed, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Business Journal. Dr. Reed received a B.S. in mathematics from Fairfield University, a master of education in secondary educational administration from Boston College, an MBA from Fairfield, and a doctorate of education in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jill Bodensteiner Director of Athletics ill Bodensteiner began her tenure as director of athletics at Saint Joseph’s University on June 1, 2018, joining SJU after an impressive 20-year career at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. She will oversee the Hawks’ 20 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s varsity sports and membership in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Her appointment marked the first time in 30 years that a new athletics director had been chosen at SJU, while she is the first female in the school’s history to hold the post. She succeeds Don DiJulia, who retired at the end of the 2017-18 academic year after serving his 50th year in college athletics and 35th as Saint Joseph’s athletics director.

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Bodensteiner’s career at Notre Dame began in 1997 in the Office of the General Counsel, progressed to the athletic department in 2009, and culminated in her most recent role as senior associate athletics director five years ago. Among her accomplishments, Bodensteiner provided oversight to Notre Dame’s 26 intercollegiate athletics programs, 720 student-athletes and 70 coaches and served as sport administrator for the university’s nationally renowned, and 2018 National Champion women’s basketball program. She brings to Saint Joseph’s strong NCAA leadership experience, having served on the Committee on Women’s Athletics and the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. Working closely with LEAD1, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA, Bodensteiner played a key role in shaping the national debate and final legislation in areas including financial support for student-athletes, time management and academic conduct. “This marks a new era in Saint Joseph’s University’s Athletics program, and I am proud that our university is continuing to make history in the most ground-breaking and forward-looking ways,” said University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “I could not be more enthusiastic about Jill’s appointment and the experience, leadership and vision she brings to the position and to Saint Joseph’s.” Dr. Reed added: “College athletics grounded in strong Jesuit education is a cornerstone of our history and tradition and a point of passion for thousands of our students, alumni and Hawks fans around the globe. A Notre Dame veteran like Jill understands this ethos and is perfectly suited to

build on the highly successful program that Don DiJulia has stewarded.” At the announcement of her appointment on March 20, 2018, Bodensteiner said, “At an institution like Saint Joseph’s, there needs to be a balance between tradition and innovation. I promise to work hard to preserve the tremendous tradition at St. Joe’s, while always pushing us to think bigger and bolder.” “We will participate in athletics in a manner consistent with our Jesuit tradition. We will win the right way, by following rules, displaying great sportsmanship, and otherwise making our passionate fans proud to be Hawks,” she continued. “We will demand that our student-athletes are students and that they aren’t simply graduating, but that they are engaging academically, in student life, and in the community.” One of her first initiatives at Saint Joseph’s was starting a bi-weekly podcast, “Jill on the Hill”. Each episode of the podcast will feature segments with Saint Joseph's alumni in the sports industry; with current SJU student-athletes and coaches; and Bodensteiner’s take on a relevant issue in college athletics. The native of Valparaiso, Indiana, received her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Notre Dame, her juris doctorate from Washington University Law School in St. Louis, and her MBA from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She has been an active community service leader, serving as Chair of the Board of the YWCA North Central Indiana and volunteering with several other nonprofit organizations.

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As the faces of Saint Joseph’s athletics are changing, so too are the facilities. by Ryan Mulligan The Hawk Newspaper

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hen the Hawks take the court tonight, they will do so on a brand new floor design. The court features a two toned silhouette of a hawk, that stretches the width of the court. The east baseline reads ‘The Hawk Will Never Die’, while ‘Hawk Hill – Philadelphia’ is written on the west baseline, two expressions that the team in charge of the redesign wanted to emphasize as a representation of the Saint Joseph’s brand. The team behind the redesign was a collaboration of the president’s office, Jill Bodensteiner J.D., director of athletics, Amanda Hall, the associate athletics director for business operations and facilities, and the Office of Marketing Communications, specifically Ryan Starr, creative services director, who came up with the design for the court. “I just wanted it to be impactful,” Starr said. “If we’re going to go big, let’s go big. Let’s do something that people are going to notice and that people are going to appreciate. We want people, when they come in here, to have that sense of pride and see this as Hawk Hill and the home of the Hawks. What better

The new court design uses the same wood flooring as the old court, but the design has changed. PHOTO: LUKE MALANGA ’20

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“If we’re going to go big, let’s go big. Let’s do something that people are going to notice and that people are going to appreciate. We want people, when they come in here, to have that sense of pride and see this as Hawk Hill and the home of the Hawks.” Starr said.

way to do that than looking down on the court and seeing it?” Starr was given free reign to test new designs, saying that he had about six or seven options before the team settled on this one. However, there was one part that Bodensteiner and Reed wanted to be included. “I do think there was at some point a conscious, ‘we want to rebrand this as Hawk Hill,’” Starr said. “Everyone that’s on campus already does, but we want it to be broader. Being intrinsically part of Philadelphia was important to us.” For Starr, who is in his second year at the position, and Hall, who is in her first year, the overhaul was no small task. The Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team called Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena home for the summer and finished their season Aug. 3, and the redesign began on Aug. 5. The new court was finished 11 days later. However, the time crunch wasn’t the only pressure, Hall said. “Knowing the student athletes, this is what they’re going to see when they get on campus and it can make or break,” Hall said. “That’s a massive weight on your shoulders. Just wanting to pour all of our effort into something that they’d be proud and excited to play on was important.” Although Hall said the summer was

admittedly tedious at times, she recognizes that despite her effort, it will be difficult to please everyone. “I’m fully acknowledging that it’s polarizing,” Hall said. “Some people are going to love it, some people are going to hate it, but everybody’s going to notice it, and everybody’s going to know it’s Saint Joseph’s.” “From an athletics standpoint I think it was pretty intentional in knowing that a fresh look was important,” Hall said. “We’re known as a basketball school and we wanted to own and embrace that in light of the transition.” “It got a really good reception by and large on Instagram and social media,” Jumper said. “It started to get out a little bit, but we wanted to make sure the timing was right so everybody could see it.” Basketball is an integral part of Saint Joseph’s, according to Hall, and has become an optimal way to market the university itself to a larger audience. “That first game of the season when it’s being broadcast to thousands and thousands of people, they are going to get a visual symbol of the new momentum at Saint Joseph’s,” Gail Benner, public relations director said. “Internally everybody knew it as Hawk Hill, but this is kind of a way to bridge that externally to Philadelphia and own our location and our neighborhood.”

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Billy Lange Men’s Head Coach

1st Season

Rowan ’94

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illy Lange was named head coach of the Saint Joseph’s men's basketball program on March 28, 2019, bringing more than 23 years of sideline experience to the Hawks, most recently as assistant coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. He becomes the 15th head coach in Saint Joseph’s storied 110-year history. Joining the Sixers in 2013, the team rebuilt its culture, emphasized player development and implemented a process that has led to their current success. Lange’s college head coaching experience spans nine years with stints at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. As Navy’s head coach from 2004 to 2011, the Midshipmen showed a marked improvement under Lange, as he led the squad to its first winning season in seven years during the 2007-08 campaign with a 16-14 record. Helped by a six-game winning streak, that squad went 9-5 in league play and finished second in the regular season. Lange was named the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year for his efforts, which also saw Greg Sprink earn Player of the Year honors, marking the only time a Midshipman has received that

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league’s award. He served as head coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy from 2000 through 2001, where he compiled a 39-19 record and led the Mariners to the Skyline Conference regular-season title in each of his two seasons. In 2001, the USMMA also won the conference tournament title to secure a bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament and reach the Sweet 16, becoming the first team in program history to advance past the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Lange was named the New York Metropolitan Basketball Writers Division III Coach of the Year following that season. A native of Haddon Heights, N.J., Lange began his coaching career with one season at his alma mater, Bishop Eustace Prep, succeeding his father, Bill Lange, Sr., in the role. He then moved on to the collegiate level as an assistant coach under Naismith Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee at Philadelphia (now Jefferson) University.

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After two seasons with the Rams, he served as an assistant coach at La Salle University under Speedy Morris for one season before taking over at the USMMA. Lange joined Jay Wright's staff at Villanova as an assistant coach and coordinator of basketball operations for three seasons before taking the head job in Annapolis. He returned to Villanova as the Wildcats’ associate head coach in 2011 before joining the 76ers in 2013. Lange’s connection to Saint Joseph's runs deep as his parents, Bill and Kathy, are both alumni, as is his brother, Mark. Lange's wife, Alicia, served as the Hawks' coordinator of academic services for student-athletes for five years in the early 2000's. A 1994 graduate of Rowan, he and Alicia are the parents of four sons – Will, Matt, Jake and Marc.

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Saint Joseph’s Head Coach

2013-19

Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach

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Villanova Associate Head Coach

2004-11

Navy Head Coach

2001-04

Villanova Director of Basketball Operations/Assistant Coach

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Merchant Marine Academy Head Coach

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La Salle Assistant Coach

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Philadelphia University Assistant Coach

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Bishop Eustace Prep Head Coach

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John Griffin III Men’s Assistant Coach

1st Season

Bucknell ’08 ohn Griffin III has joined the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball program as an assistant coach on new head coach Billy Lange’s staff. Griffin comes to SJU after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Bucknell University. During his time on the bench, the Bison made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2017, 2018), captured the 2017 Patriot League title and compiled a 58-14 record in conference play.

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He started his collegiate coaching career on the staff at Rider University, working as the director of operations until he was promoted to assistant coach, serving for two seasons from 2013 to 2015. Griffin was the Indiana Pacers’ video coordinator during the 2010-11 season, in between a three-year professional playing career in Europe. His ties to Saint Joseph’s are lengthy as his father, John, was Saint Joseph’s head basketball coach from 1990 to 1995. “John is a natural fit for our program. The son of former coach John Griffin, he understands the passion of Saint Joseph’s basketball. I have known John since his playing career at St. Joe’s Prep and Bucknell and have developed a strong connection with him over the past six years as we discussed his professional and career aspirations,” said Lange. “He brings

great energy to the court, a diverse skill set and the desire to help young student-athletes chase their dreams. We welcome John and his family home to Hawk Hill.” Griffin had an outstanding playing career at Bucknell being part of two NCAA Tournament teams, including the Bison squad which upset Kansas in the 2005 First Round. He averaged 13.1 points and earned All-Patriot League First Team honors as a senior. A 2008 graduate, he scored 1,084 career points and still ranks third on Bucknell’s list for career three-point field goals made (220). “Saint Joseph’s has always been important to my family and I welcome the chance to be a part of the proud basketball tradition. Billy and I have developed a relationship over the past few years and I’m excited for the chance to now work with him on the court,” said Griffin. “I’m grateful to everyone at Bucknell who allowed me to grow as a coach but am excited about the opportunity to be back in Philadelphia and the Big 5.”

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Justin Scott Men’s Assistant Coach

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East Stroudsburg ’07

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ustin Scott has been named assistant coach for the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball program, head coach Billy Lange announced in June. Scott joins the Hawks after seven seasons as men’s basketball head coach and associate athletic director at Arcadia University. Joining Arcadia as an assistant coach in 2010, Scott was promoted to head coach in 2012 and went on to post a 104-87 overall record with 14 studentathletes earning All-MAC Commonwealth honors and had three selected as MAC Commonwealth Rookies of the Year. This past year, Scott led Arcadia to its best season in program histor y as it c a p t u r e d i t s first-ever MAC Commonwealth title and won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game. Individually for the Knights, Da'Kquan Davis w as nam e d MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year and j o i n e d t e a m mate Phil Pierfy on the NABC Division III All-District Team, while Scott was honored with his second MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year honor and recognized as the Sam Cozen Small College Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a 23-6 record, setting a new single-season mark for wins. Along with his successful tenure at Arcadia, Scott also took over as head coach for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ senior men’s team in 2014. Under his guidance the team posted a 6-6 record in international play as St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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placed sixth at the 2015 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championship and fifth in 2018 to mark its highest finish at the tournament. Prior to joining Arcadia, Scott served as both assistant coach and Coordinator for Special Projects, Diversity and Social Justice Education in the Athletic Department for three seasons from 2007-10 at his a l m a m a t e r, East Stroudsburg University. Transferring to East Stroudsburg after two years at Bloomsburg University, Scott was a two-year letterwinner with the Warriors and earned a b a c h e l o r ’s degree in Sport Management in 2 0 0 7 a n d a master’s degree in Management and Leadership with a concentration in Sport Management in 2008. A native of Philadelphia, Scott captured All-Public League accolades during a standout career at George Washington Carver Engineering and Science High School. Along with his extensive basketball background, Scott is also an active board member of the Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation that helps raises awareness concerning sudden cardiac arrest, provides free screenings for hypertrophy cardiomyopathy, and provides automated external defibrillators and CPR training to tri-state area recreation centers.

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Brenden Straughn Men’s Assistant Coach

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Hood College ’12

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renden Straughn has been named an assistant coach for Saint Joseph's on head coach Billy Lange's staff. Straughn joins the Hawks after spending the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at Loyola Maryland and brings a wealth of experience coaching at the high school and AAU levels in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. “Brenden came highly recommended for his ability to relate to the student-athletes, his networking, work ethic, creativity and his on-court enthusiasm. Coming from a fellow Jesuit school in Loyola, we expect him to be totally embraced into the community here at Saint Joseph’s and we’re excited to move forward with Brenden,” said Lange. The native of New Carrollton, Maryland, was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, during a successful run in which the team went 123-25 and won two Maryland 4A State Championships and three Prince George county titles from 2013 to 2016. Straughn has also served as an assistant coach for one of the D.C. area's premier AAU programs, Team Takeover, since 2013 and was the associate head coach from 2016 to 2018. In 2017, he guided Team Takeover to the Jordan Brand 8 Invitational title and the Peach Jam title in 2018. He has coached over 70 Division I players for

Team Takeover, including three McDonald’s AllAmericans. Straughn led the on-court coaching and player development efforts for the program while also assisting with recruiting and player evaluation. Straughn was instrumental in the planning of some of the nation's premier youth basketball events, such as the National High School Hoops Festival, the Victor Oladipo Skills Academy and the D.C. Metro Challenge. “I’m very blessed and excited to join the Saint Joseph's community and basketball program. The opportunity to work with Coach Lange as we develop young men at the highest level, both on and off the court, is something I look forward to,” said Straughn. “I believe the Saint Joseph’s program has a tremendous opportunity to add to its storied tradition and I'm ready to be a part of it.” Straughn, a 2012 graduate of Hood College in Maryland, was a four-year starter and three-year team captain there. At the time of his graduation, he ranked among the school's top 10 in scoring and was second in assists and steals.

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Support Staff Eric Lang HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH WEST CHESTER ’13

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ric Lang has been named head strength and conditioning coach for the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball program, head coach Billy Lange announced in June. Lang comes to Hawk Hill after spending the previous three years working with the Houston Rockets. Joining the organization in June of 2016, Lang served as both the Rockets' assistant strength and conditioning coach and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers' head strength and conditioning coach. With Houston, Lang tested and analyzed each player's athletic performance and movement efficiency to help create comprehensive individualized training programs, along with coaching warm-up and stretching protocols for both practices and games. Assisting 2016-17 NBSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year and Director of Performance Science Javair Gillett in all aspects of the Houston Rockets strength and conditioning program, Lang was also an intricate part of the team's pre-draft assessments as he worked potential draft picks through specialized strength and conditioning tests. “We’re excited to bring Eric on board. Eric is coming from the Houston Rockets where he learned quite a bit and also has some great experience working with NBA players,” said Lange. “I think he’ll be a great asset to not only our entire program as a whole, in terms of strength training, nutrition, flexibility, mobility, but he’ll have a great vantage point for our young players to understand what it truly takes to be a professional as it relates to their body development.” “I am beyond excited to join the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball program as the head coach for strength and conditioning. As a native of the Philadelphia area, getting the opportunity to help a Big 5 school is a dream come true. My hope is to have a lasting positive impact on the lives of the student-athletes on Hawk Hill. Finally, I would like

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to thank Athletic Director Jill Bodensteiner as well as Head Coach Billy Lange for the opportunity,” Lang said. Along with his duties with the Rockets, Lang served as head strength and conditioning coach for their NBA G-League affiliate Vipers until this past January when he shifted to full-time responsibilities with Houston. While with Rio Grande, he directed and planned every aspect of the strength and conditioning department including nutrition, individualized programs, and created evaluations for both the Rockets and Vipers to track the progress athletes made in the weight room. “Eric brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to St. Joes. The players he will coach are in great hands. Eric’s ability to effectively bridge the gap between performance science and application on the court is an asset that gives this basketball team an immediate advantage,” said Gillett. “Eric Lang is one of the best young trainers in the league and has a hands on approach for all of his athletes. His knowledge has made a huge impact on my game. Eric is passionate about his work, informative, hard working, and always learning new techniques in the industry to set him apart from the rest,” said Eric Gordon. Prior to joining the Rockets, Lang served as a strength and conditioning intern with both the Villanova football and men's basketball programs during the 2015-16 season and interned as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers from 2014-15. A native of Exton, Pennsylvania, Lang graduated from West Chester University in 2013 with a degree in exercise science and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in kinesiology from A.T. Still University.

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Amanda Casale DIRECTOR OF MEN'S BASKETBALL OPERATIONS Casale joins the Hawks’ men’s basketball program after spending the past three years as a basketball operations assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers. During her tenure with Basketball Operations, she helped run the 76ers Family Support Group for player and staff families, and coordinated tickets and credentials for players, front office, staff and agents as part of the organization’s Family Will Call. Additionally, Casale was an integral part of the 76ers’ front office as she was responsible for special projects that included player personnel research, coaches’ game sheets, mock draft tracking and draft workout logistics. She also assisted with scheduling and arranging credentials for scouts and worked as an intermediary for both agents and shoe companies. “Amanda and I have worked together with the Philadelphia 76ers for the past three years. I was always impressed by her ability to handle multiple areas of the organization. She will be an incredible resource for our alumni, season ticket holders, former players and parents of our current players as she is a great, selfless, people person. We're excited to have her dynamic vision and her energy join us here on Hawk Hill,” said Lange. A native of Northfield, New Jersey, Casale graduated from Syracuse in 2016 with degrees in selected studies in education and policy studies, with minors in coaching and psychology.

Thomas Boyle DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING AND ANALYTICS Thomas Boyle begins his first season as director of scouting and analytics for Saint Joseph's in 2019-20. Promoted to Saint Joseph's director of basketball operations in 2018, he served as the program's graduate assistant video coordinator for the previous two years. A 2015 graduate of SJU, Boyle previously served as the interim director of basketball operations for part of the 2016-17 season. Boyle was a student manager with the Hawks for three years and also served an internship at the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 2015-16 season. In addition, he has worked with numerous basketball camps, including Phil Martelli's, and as an intern for iPlaybook Apps. While at Saint Joseph’s, Boyle worked as a student manager for three years, being designated as a head manager in 2014. He received his bachelor's degree in sports marketing in 2015 and followed that with a master's degree in business administration from SJU in 2018. A native of Havertown, Pa., he is the grandson of former SJU head coach Jim Lynam and the late Jim Boyle, who was the Hawks' head coach from 1981-90. 31


Reggie Cameron GRADUATE MANAGER Reggie Cameron was named Saint Joseph’s graduate manager for men's basketball, head coach Billy Lange announced in July. Cameron comes to Hawk Hill after playing professionally for two seasons, most recently for Esgueira Oli of the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol. Prior to beginning his professional career in Germany with the Dusseldorf Giant, Cameron was a four-year standout at Georgetown. Appearing in over 100 games with the Hoyas, he led Georgetown to a pair of postseason bids, including an appearance in the Third Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Serving as team captain as a senior, he went on to play for the Orlando Magic's NBA Summer League squad in 2017 before continuing his career overseas. Off the court, Cameron was heavily involved in the community at Georgetown as he volunteered with So Others Might Eat (SOME) and Lead By Example Foundation. Serving as a counselor for both non-profits, he participated in programs designed to help community members in need find pathways out of poverty, taught youth the importance of physical and health education practices and encouraged making positive changes to everyday life. A native of Hackensack, New Jersey, Cameron was a standout at Paterson Catholic and Hudson Catholic. A four-year letterwinner, he finished his high school career with more than 1,700 points and was named First Team All-County three times and First Team All-State honoree.

Michelle Thomas PROGRAM SERVICES SPECIALIST Michelle Thomas was named Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball program services specialist, head coach Billy Lange announced in June. Thomas comes to Hawk Hill after spending the past seven years in the education field. Working as a family/teacher coach at Agora Cyber Charter School, she worked closely with students and families of students who are enrolled in online, cyber classes full-time over the course of the school year and advised and monitored student academic progress through monthly phone conferences, in-home visits, and virtual classrooms to keep them on track and engaged. Promoted to Master Family Coach in 2015, Thomas facilitated solutions for student issues, strategically planned short and long-term academic goals for students and coordinated annual professional development workshops. This past year, she was assigned as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coordinator for elementary schools and was also nominated to Coaches Think Tank Counsel in 2018. Along with her position at Agora Cyber Charter School, Thomas has spent over a decade as a facilitator with Learn 2 Lead during the summer coordinating a variety of camps for students ranging from elementary school through college. Additionally, she has served as chief operating officer at Nxt Level Inc. the past four years organizing basketball skills training for multiple age groups. Thomas began her academic career as an academic advisor and interim assistant for the Villanova men's basketball team. Joining the Wildcats as a team manager, Thomas spent four seasons with the men's basketball program at Villanova, highlighted by the team's 2009 Final Four appearance. A native of Philadelphia, she graduated from Villanova with bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and sociology, and a master's degree in criminology, law and society. 33


Anthony Longpré Junior

Forward

L'Assomption, Quebec

6' 10"

245

Glenelg Country (Md.)

2018-19: Starter in the first 18 games of the season...Scored nine points at Duquesne on 4-for-4 shooting...Grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, while scoring eight points, vs. GW... Scored a season-high 10 points against George Mason...Had eight points on 3-for-4 shooting in season-opening win over Monmouth...Missed six games in January with a concussion. 2017-18: Averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds while playing in all 32 games...Made 21 starts on the year..Tallied seven points in A-10 Quarterfinals...Scored six points off the bench at Davidson...Had a season-high 11 points, seasonhigh seven rebounds, and season-high seven

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Taylor Funk Junior

Forward

Lancaster, Pa.

6' 8"

230

Manheim Central

2018-19: Starter in 24 of 33 games…Averaged 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds…Hit for double figures 12 times…Grabbed double-digit rebounds in three games…Scored 12 points in overtime loss to Rhode Island…Grabbed 12 rebounds in home game versus UMass…Hit four three-pointers to tally 12 points in win over Richmond…Posted firstever double with 10 points and 12 rebounds at Saint Louis…Had 11 points and eight rebounds against GW…Scored 16 points in win at Princeton…Tied career-high with 13 rebounds vs. Temple…Averaged 17.3 points in the three games of the Myrtle Beach Invitational…Had 20 points hitting 7-of-9 from the field, and a career-high 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, in the win over Wake Forest.

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Scored 11 points and tied season-high nine rebounds vs. Harvard... Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (Nov. 20) after averaging 22.5 points in wins over UIC and Princeton... Hit for season-high 23 points (5-of-6 3FG) in win over Princeton... Poured in 22 points, with four three-pointers, and added a season-high nine rebounds in win over UIC. Netted 11 of SJU’s final 14 points of the second

2017-18: Scored 11.9 points per game and averaged 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists... Topped the team with an SJU freshman-record 84 threepoint field goals... Averaged 10.5 points in Atlantic 10 contests... Scored in double figures in 19 games... Made 21 starts... SJU's leading scorer four times, vs. Princeton, VCU, Saint Louis, and UMass... Recorded first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals against George Mason... Poured in 17 points on a perfect shooting night (5-of-5 FG, 3-of-3 3FG, 4-of-4 FT) in road win over #17 URI... Pulled down season-high 13 rebounds vs. George Mason...Hit his 72nd three-pointer of the season vs. Duquesne to set the freshman record... Dropped 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor and 4-of-9 shooting from three-point range vs. Saint Louis... Scored 18 points on 6-of-11 field goals and 4-of-8 threes in win over Dayton... Tallied 15 points, with four threepointers, at George Mason... Posted a team-high 19 points, including a key three in overtime, in win over VCU... Matched season-high five three pointers in first collegiate start, vs. St John's... Also hit five three-pointers at Temple... Scored 13 points against #4 Villanova... Posted 15 points (6-of-10 FG), all in the second half, in win over Sacramento State... 36

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points per game as a junior and 15.4 points his sophomore season... Business major.

High School/Personal: 2017 Associated Press All-State Class 5A First Team selection... Averaged 24.3 points as a senior at Manheim Central to lead the Lancaster-Lebanon league in scoring for the second consecutive season... Connected on 64 three-pointers... School’s all-time leading scorer with 1,977 points, while hitting 229 career three-pointers... All-Lebanon League First Team selection in 2017...Team posted a 21-7 record in 2017... Helped Manheim Central to an 84-26 record during his four years while reaching the District semifinals twice in his first two seasons... Earned Associated Press All-State Class 5A Third Team honors in 2016... Also averaged 21.3

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Lorenzo Edwards Junior

Forward

Lake Forest, Ill.

6' 8"

215

Lake Forest

2018-19: Was the co-recipient of the Robert F. O'Neill Award for the team’s Most Improved Player, sharing it with Chris Clover…Starter in the final 13 games…Scored double figures five times…Posted his first-ever double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in win over Fordham, while shooting 7-for-12 from the field…Had 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting at UMass…Tallied a career-high 22 points, hitting 8-of-9 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws, at La Salle…Posted a career-high four blocks in just 12 minutes against George Mason... Scored 11 points in the season opener vs. Monmouth…Missed three games in January with a shoulder injury.

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2017-18: Averaged 1.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game in 18 contests…Scored two points in four minutes in win over Richmond…Scored three points in nine minutes at Davidson…Scored six points in 16 minutes at La Salle…Posted two blocks in two minutes at St. Bonaventure...Missed the George Mason and UMass games due to injury... Played career-high 22 minutes against #4 Villanova…Had three rebounds and one block in just five minutes in win over Bucknell...Recorded career-high 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor and career-high nine rebounds in 21 minutes in win over Sacramento State...Posted seven points and seven rebounds vs. Harvard... Pulled down five rebounds in eight minutes vs. Washington State... Nailed a threepointer on his first collegiate shot in win at UIC. 2016-17: Redshirted the season after having shoulder surgery in December. High School/Personal: All-State First Team selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association...Averaged 19.0 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game as a senior at Lake Forest...Also shot 51 percent from the field as the team went 18-10…Named the Lake County Player

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Toliver Freeman Senior

Guard

Baton Rouge, La.

6' 3"

215

Catholic

2018-19: Received the team’s George Senesky Academic Award...Walk-on who was awarded a scholarship for the Spring semester...Played in seven games...Had a career-high seven points against St. Bonaventure, making all of his shots - two field goals, two free throws and one three-pointer. 2017-18: Saw action in five games... Played in road win at #17 URI... Had a rebound in road win over Fordham...Grabbed first collegiate rebound in win over Fordham... Saw action in win over Maine...Named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. 2016-17: Joined the Hawks as a walk-on...Saw lone action of the year in the Lafayette win...Earned recognition on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the Spring semester, and the SJU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for both semesters. High School/Personal: Three-time All-District First Team and All-State Honorable Mention selection while at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge...Averaged 19 points, six rebounds and three assists as a senior as his team went 19-12...Chosen as his team’s MVP for three consecutive seasons...Scored over 1,500 points in his career, surpassing the 1,000-point mark in his junior year...Helped Catholic to a 21-8 record in 2014-15...Biology major.

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Ryan Daly Redshirt Junior Ardmore, Pa.

Guard

6' 5"

225

Archbishop Carroll

2018-19: Sat out 2018-19 after transferring from Delaware. At Delaware (2016-18): Led the Blue Hens in scoring both seasons, while also earned All-CAA Third Team honors in back-to-back years… Scored a team-best 17.5 points per game in 2017-18…Reached double figures in all but one game last year, including the final 26 contests, and scored 20-plus points 10 times…Grabbed 6.2 rebounds per game…Earned 2017 CAA Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds... Was also named to the CAA AllTournament Team…Had nine 20-plus point games as a freshman, which were the most ever for a UD rookie…Totaled 1,000 points in his two seasons at Delaware.

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Guard

Flemington, N.J.

6' 0"

183

Rutgers Prep

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Dennis Ashley Graduate

Guard

Los Angeles, Ca.

6' 1"

176

St. Monica

Transferred from Maine during the summer of 2019. At Maine (2015-19): Competed in 84 games at Maine...Averaged 3.7 points per game...In 2018-19, appeared in 24 contests and averaged 4.1 points per game...Scored a career-high 16 points against Hartford (2/13/19)...Averaged 3.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game over 30 games as a redshirt sophomore...Earned playing time in 30 games in 2016-17 and averaged 3.2 points per game...Redshirted freshman season. High School/Personal: Averaged 12 points and 4.0 assists per game during season at Bridgton Academy...Selected All-Academic All-American...At St. Monica High School, served as captain for two seasons...Earned CIF selection as a senior...Twotime MVP...Earned bachelor's in psychology from Maine.

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Greg Foster, Jr. Sophomore

Guard

Milwaukee, Wis.

6' 5"

195

Ed W. Clark

Sitting out the 2019-20 season after transferring from Gonzaga. At Gonzaga (2018-19): Appeared in 28 games..Finished the season with 19 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds...Scored a season-best three points against Texas Southern and UT Arlington...Played a season-high 20 minutes versus North Dakota State and handed out five assists and grabbed four rebounds...Made collegiate debut versus Idaho State. High School/Personal: Began high school career in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but transferred to Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada for senior year...As a senior, averaged 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game...Named a four-star recruit by ESPN...Father, Greg Foster, Sr., played 13 seasons in the NBA with Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota, Utah, Seattle, the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto...He is currently an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks.

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Rahmir Moore Freshman

Philadelphia, Pa.

Guard ■

6' 3"

205

RISE Prep (Ont.)

High School/Personal: Began his high school career at Mastery Charter before spending his senior year at Rise Prep in Ontario...Sister, Ayahna Cornish ’07, was a standout for the SJU women's basketball team...Brother, Ramone Moore, played at Temple...Brother-in-law to Toronto Raptor All-Star Kyle Lowry.

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Chereef Knox Freshman

Forward

Philadelphia, Pa.

6' 5"

210

Imhotep Charter

High School/Personal: As a senior, helped Imhotep Charter capture the 2019 PIAA Class 4A state championship and the Philadelphia Public League title...Played on three consecutive league and state title teams...Earned PIAA 4A All-State Third Team honors as a junior.

Cameron Brown Freshman Greenbelt, Md.

Guard

6' 5"

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210

Eleanor Roosevelt

High School/Personal: Led Roosevelt High School to the 2019 Maryland 4A state title...Averaged 19.0 points per game, scoring double digits in all but one contest...Played in the 2019 Capital Classic...Mother, Debora, played basketball at William & Mary... Father, Joe, played football for two seasons at Rice... Sister, Megan, was a four-year basketball letterwinner at Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Myles Douglas Redshirt Sophomore Edgewood, Md.

Forward

6' 7"

215

Aberdeen

Transferred from UCF during the summer of 2019. At UCF (2017-19): Sat out the 2018-19 season...As a freshman, appeared in 31 games and made one start...Averaged 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game...Tallied a career-best eight points against Nebraska (11/23/17)...Tallied four points, and had three rebounds and two assists in collegiate debut versus Mercer (11/10/17). High School/Personal: Led Class 3A in scoring and earned All-Class 3A honors as a senior at Aberdeen High School...Named to the MIAA-B All-Conference Team, as well as to the All-USA Maryland team and WCAC Honorable Mention...Helped team to the UCBAC Championship. SJUHAWKS.COM

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Alec Kerr, The Hawk Alec Kerr will serve as the Saint Joseph’s University Hawk mascot for the 2019-20 men's basketball season. He becomes the 40th student to represent SJU in one of college basketball’s most legendary traditions. Kerr, from Broomall, Pa. and Cardinal O’Hara High School, has been a member of the Saint Joseph’s golf team for the past three seasons. He has also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has been a participant in the Everyday Champions program. The rising senior is a business administration major, with a minor in criminal justice. “Alec is the first Hawk in almost 40 years to be both a varsity student-athlete and the University

mascot. His school spirit and sense of community are infectious. And at 6foot-7, he’s certainly our tallest Hawk ever. We are delighted Alec has accepted this role for the 2019-20 season,” said Joe Lunardi, SJU’s director of marketing. The Hawk mascot, which has been in existence for 63 seasons, is best known for staying in constant motion by flapping its wings throughout every basketball game and representing Saint Joseph’s motto, “The Hawk Will Never Die”.

Six Decades of the Hawk ALL-TIME HAWK MASCOTS Number of seasons in ( )

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1950’s Jim Brennan (3) Pierce Markley (3)

1955-56 to 1957-58 1958-59 to 1960-61

1960’s Al Pastino (3) Charlie Wieners (2) Chuck Elsesser (2) Bill Berner (2)

1961-62 to 1963-64 1964-65 to 1965-66 1966-67 to 1967-68 1969-69 to 1969-70

1970’s John Donnelly (2) Joe Cassidy (2) Joe Boyle (2) Ron Manion (1/2) Kevin Quirk (2 1/2)

1970-71 to 1971-72 1972-73 to 1973-74 1974-75 to 1977-78 1977-78 1978-79 to 1980-81

1980’s Randy Kiernan (1 1/2) Dennis Sheehan (3) Jim Boyle, Jr. (1) Frank Simone (2) Jim Scarano (2)

1980-81 to 1981-82 1982-83 to 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 to 1987-88 1988-89 to 1989-90

1990’s Tony Duldulao (1) 1990-91 Chuck Sack (2) 1991-92 to 1992-93 Dan Gallagher (1) 1993-94 Brian Kearns (2) 1994-95 to 1995-96 Glenn “Trip” Whitaker (1) 1996-97 Bobby Gallagher (1) 1997-98 Pat McGrory (1) 1998-99 Joey “G” Gawarzewski (1) 1999-2000 2000’s Sarah Brennan (1) Steve Klarich (1) Chris Bertolino (1) Mike Tecce (1) Andrew Moral (1) Jim Miller (2) Tim Klarich (1) Brienne Ryan (1) Tim Higgins (1) Joe Mreczko (1) Ian Klinger (2) Brian Lafferty (1) Timmy Parks (2) Mikaela Bakey Domenic Godshall Alec Kerr

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ne of the most famous mascots in college sports, the Saint Joseph’s Hawk is in its 64th year in 2019-20. The Hawk is best known for staying in constant motion by flapping its wings throughout every basketball game and representing the Saint Joseph's motto, “The Hawk Will Never Die.” In 2014, the Hawk Mascot was named as the “Best College Basketball Tradition” by NCAA.com. Jim Brennan originated the idea for a hawk as mascot during the 1954-55 season. Brennan, an ex-Marine and SJU cheerleader, at first wanted to secure an actual hawk, but later switched to the costume idea. The student government raised the 120 dollars needed to buy the initial costume, which Brennan donned for three years. He made his debut as the Hawk on January 4, 1956, a 69-56 win over La Salle at the Palestra. Since then, and including this season, a total of 37 SJU students, have donned the costume. The Hawk has not missed a men’s basketball game since that first season. During the 62 seasons of the Hawk, there have been three women to serve as the mascot – Sarah Brennan in 2000-01, Brienne Ryan in 2009-10 and Mikaela Bakey in 2017-18. In addition to the constant flapping, the Hawk is also recognized by its “flying” in figure eights around the court during timeouts. The constant motion, coupled with the scrappy play of the University’s athletic teams, helped to spawn the school's familiar slogan "The Hawk Will Never Die!" A few years ago, ESPN used a "flap-o-meter" on the national telecast of a Saint Joseph's game to estimate that the Hawk flaps its wings 3,500 times during a regulation game. The Hawk is unique because it is one of the few mascots in the nation that travels to every game, and the student who holds the position gains a full scholarship. The student, who is selected through an interview process during the previous spring semester, also serves as a team manager for the men’s basketball team and travels with the squad. The most decorated mascot in the country, The Hawk has garnered numerous accolades in its 60year history. The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Street & Smith's Basketball 56

Yearbook and ESPN College Basketball magazine have selected it as the nation's top mascot. Eastern Basketball tabbed The Hawk as the Atlantic 10 Conference's best mascot, while The Hawk won a “Best of Philly” award from Philadelphia Magazine in 2003-04. The Hawk was named as a nominee for induction into the 2008 Mascot Hall of Fame. Saint Joseph’s athletic teams have been recognized with the nickname “Hawks” since 1929. At that time, the school's yearbook editor, Charlie Dunn, initiated a contest among the student body for a symbol. More than 100 submissions were narrowed to two, with "Hawks" winning out over “Grenadiers” (World War I soldiers who specialized in tossing grenades) by a slim margin in the final vote. John Gallagher '31, a catcher on the Saint Joseph's baseball team, submitted the winning suggestion. He won a sweater with a special Saint Joseph's monogram for selecting the winning name. According to the student annual, the name was appropriate because it typified “the fighting spirit of our crimson and gray athletes and it is suggestive of the aerial attack which has made our football team famous.” Ironically, football was discontinued at Saint Joseph’s following the 1939 season. But it has been the connection with the storied tradition of the Saint Joseph’s men’s and women's basketball programs that has given The Hawk mascot its prominence on the national level, making it one of the most recognized mascots in college athletics.

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The national ranking Saint Joseph’s earned in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls of March 8, 2004. It marked the first time ever that the Hawks were the nation’s top-ranked team during the regular season. The other number-one spot in SJU history came when Sports Illustrated gave the Hawks the top preseason ranking prior to the 1965-66 season.

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Atlantic 10 titles won by a select group of Hawk players in 2014 and 2016 - Javon Baumann, DeAndre’ Bembry, Brendan Casper, Isaiah Miles, Kyle Molock, and Papa Ndao.

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Number of Middle Atlantic Conference Championships that Saint Joseph’s won from 1959 through 1974. SJU competed in that league, which also included current Atlantic 10 Conference members La Salle and Temple, from 1957-58 through 1973-74 before joining the now-defunct East Coast Conference. The Hawks joined the A-10, their current league, in 1982.

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Uniform number worn by Jameer Nelson, which was retired after the 2003-04 season. Nelson was the consensus National Player of the Year, and the school’s first-ever Wooden Award winner, while leading the Hawks to the magical perfect regular season and a berth in the NCAA Elite Eight.

Consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season titles won by the Hawks (from 1999-00 to 2004-05) to share the conference record with the Massachusetts’ teams of the mid-1990’s.

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Number of players referred to as the "Mighty Mites,” which helped put Saint Joseph’s on the national basketball map in the 1930’s. The "Mites" – Jim Smale, Matt Guokas, Sr., John Kenney, John McMenamin, Dan Kenney and Joe Oakes – compiled a 54-17 overall mark from 1934-38.

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Number of Saint Joseph’s alumni that have been head coaches in the NBA. Only Indiana has had more graduates (11) coach in the league.

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Number of Hawks to foul out of a January 10, 1976, double overtime loss at Xavier. SJU finished the game with two eligible players as the NCAA, at the time, had a 10man limit on travel parties. That restriction was soon lifted following the contest. The eight disqualifications is still an NCAA Division I basketball record.

Jack Ramsay (here with Joe Spratt) led his Hawk teams to 10 postseason appearances in 11 years, with a Final Four berth in 1961.

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Number of times legendary coach Dr. Jack Ramsay guided his teams to postseason appearances in his 11 years. Ramsay, who compiled a 234-72 record over his tenure at SJU (1955-56 through 1965-66), led the Hawks to the NIT Final Four in 1956 and the NCAA Final Four in 1961. (Continued on page 58) 59


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Second most wins in school history recorded by the 2015-16 team which captured the program’s second Atlantic 10 title in three years.

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School record for wins achieved by the 2003-04 team, which finished with just two losses en route to a final national ranking of fifth. The 2013-14 season marks the 10th anniversary of that memorable year.

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Points scored by Delonte West in his “perfect game” on January 17, 2004 at Xavier. West made 12-of-12 field goals, went 3-for-3 from three-point range, and 6-for-6 from the foul line.

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SJU record for rebounds in a game set by John Doogan against then-West Chester State on February 18, 1953.

Delonte West had the “perfect game” at Xavier on Jan. 17, 2004, making all of his shots - 12-for-12 from the field, 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

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Number of games played by the 2004-05 squad, which is a school record. The Hawks played six games in the NIT as they reached the final.

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Number of field goals made in a game by George Senesky against Rutgers-Newark on February 3, 1943. Senesky received the Helms Foundation Award given to the National Player of the Year and is the only Hawk player to lead the nation in scoring (23.4 ppg) in a season.

Record for points scored at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse set by Ed Garrity in a 111-92 win over Rhode Island on February 4, 1953.

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Individual season scoring average, a mark rarely eclipsed by the normally balanced SJU offense over the years. Before Marvin O’Connor averaged 22.1 points per game during the 2000-01 season, the last Hawks to accomplish the feat were Pat McFarland and Mike Bantom, who both averaged 20.3 points per game during 1972-73. McFarland edged Bantom by one point for the scoring title that year, the closest race in SJU history. Jameer Nelson then achieved the feat in 2003-04 with his 20.6 mark.

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Number of consecutive wins for the 2003-04 team which became the first team to go through the regular season without a loss since UNLV in 1990-91. The streak stands as the longest in SJU history.

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Ed Garrity set the Fieldhouse record for points in a game with 40 against Rhode Island on February 4, 1953. The record has lasted for over 50 years.

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Victories compiled by the winningest four-year class in Saint Joseph’s history – Tyrone Barley and Jameer Nelson.

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The Centennial of Saint Joseph’s basketball was celebrated in the 2009-10 season.

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This is the 110th season of Saint Joseph’s

basketball.

120 Jack McKinney amassed 144 wins coaching the Hawks and then went on to earn NBA Coach of the Year honors in 1981 with the Indiana Pacers.

Dollars – the cost of the first Hawk costume purchased by Jim Brennan prior to the 1955-56 season. The most decorated mascot in the nation, the Hawk has “flown” at every game since debuting at The Palestra against La Salle on January 4, 1956.

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Most points scored by an SJU team. The Hawks defeated Nevada, 128-66, at The Palestra on December 15, 1971.

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144

School record for points set by Jack Egan against Gettysburg on January 21, 1961 and later tied by Tony Costner against Alaska-Anchorage on December 30, 1983.

Number of seconds it took Marvin O’Connor to score 18 points in the Hawks’ 91-90 loss to La Salle on March 3, 2001. The guard finished the game with a careerhigh 37 points. O’Connor would also go on to score 37 points later that year in the heartbreaking 90-87 loss to Stanford in the NCAA Second Round.

Record for games played in a career, set by Rob Ferguson from 2003-08.

Number of coaching wins by Jack McKinney (1966-67 thru 1973-74), who later went on to coach in the NBA, winning Coach of the Year honors with the Indiana Pacers.

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Number of seasons at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The Hawks returned to campus in 2009-10 to the expanded and renovated Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena.

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Years for the Hawk mascot this season, which has been flapping its wings since January 4, 1956. The first game was a win over La Salle at The Palestra.

79.9

Free throw percentage for the 2005-06 Hawks, which was the best in the nation.

84

Three-point field goals made by Taylor Funk in 2017-18, which was the most by an SJU freshman.

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The Hawks captured their fourth Atlantic 10 title in program history in 2016, and the second in three years.

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Total number of blocked shots posted by the 2011-12 Hawks, which is a school record.

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Combined point total in Hawks’ 127-120 win in four overtime periods over Utah in the national third place game at the 1961 NCAA Final Four. It still stands as a school record for overtimes played by an SJU team and combined point total by two teams in a game.

1,624

Number of wins by Hawk teams over the 109 seasons of intercollegiate basketball. The 1,600th win came on January 3, 2018 when SJU defeated VCU, 87-81, in overtime.

2,094

SJU record for points scored in a career, established by Jameer Nelson from 2000 to 2004.

3,200

343

Previous capacity at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, which had more than 125 sellouts over the past 12 seasons.

419

Average number of times the Hawk flaps its wings during a regulation basketball game as estimated by ESPN’s “flap-o-meter.”

Career record for three-point field goals set by Langston Galloway in 2013-14. The previous mark was 294 held by Pat Carroll. Career blocks record established by Rodney Blake from 1984-88. When he finished his career, Blake was the NCAA’s all-time leader in career blocks. That record has since been broken.

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The 2016-17 season opener vs. Toledo will be the 500th game played on Hawk Hill (Hagan Arena/Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse).

3,500

4,200

Capacity at the Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena, which was dedicated on October 17, 2009, with the first game being a 77-67 overtime win over Drexel on November 13, 2009. This season marks the tenth year of Hagan Arena.

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Great Fieldhouse Moments Saint Joseph’s win over Xavier on March 6, 2008, marked the final game in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse before an extensive expansion and renovation project was to begin. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable games in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse history, in chronological order. November 26, 1949: Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse hosts its first college basketball game as Rhode Island defeats Saint Joseph's, 62-46. February 4, 1953: Ed Garrity pours in 40 points in a 11192 win over Rhode Island, setting a Fieldhouse scoring record that has lasted for over 50 years. December 6, 1955: Saint Joseph's defeats Millersville, 76-60, in the Fieldhouse debut of new coach Jack Ramsay. December 7, 1965: In their final season together, alltime greats Jack Ramsay, Cliff Anderson, and Matt Goukas play only one Fieldhouse game (a 98-68 rout of Bellarmine). January 17, 1974: The first Saint Joseph's women's basketball team, coached by Ellen Ryan, makes its debut against three-time national champion Immaculata. The Mighty Macs win, 59-24. February 5, 1974: In his final season as head coach, Jack McKinney's "grim, grisly, and gruesome" Hawks defeat Georgetown, 70-64. March 8, 1976: Women's basketball, with former Immaculata star Theresa Grentz coaching, defeats Rutgers, 80-52. February 25, 1978: Under coach Rene Portland, another former Immaculata star, the women's team defeats No. 10 Montclair State, 85-76. It is the Hawks' third win over a Top 10 team at the Fieldhouse that season. March 4, 1981: Coach Jim Lynam’s Hawks, playing without injured star Bryan Warrick, leads the Hawks to a 60-55 win over Temple in the East Coast Conference quarterfinals. January 15, 1985: National women’s coach of the year Jim Foster leads Saint Joseph's to a 71-63 win over No. 10 Penn State. February 27, 1986: Saint Joseph's defeats Penn State, 59-51, in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal game which eventually leads to its first Atlantic 10 title at the Meadowlands. March 11, 1987: The women's basketball team wins the first NCAA Tournament game in program history, defeating South Alabama at the Fieldhouse, 67-56. January 4, 1990: Philadelphia native Bo Kimble sets a new Fieldhouse record with 54 points, including a near-halfcourt shot at the buzzer, as Loyola Marymount nips the Hawks, 99-96. February 4, 1991: First-year coach John Griffin leads an upset of Elite Eight-bound Temple, 66-60. It is believed to be the first time the Saint Joseph's student section ever stormed the court at the Fieldhouse. February 25, 1993: Bernard Blunt, Rap Curry, and Carlin Warley combine for the most dramatic finish in Fieldhouse history. The Hawks go the length of the floor in the final 2.7 64

seconds and Blunt's jumper nips George Washington, 74-73. February 15, 1994: Reserve Kevin Connor hits two foul shots with no time left as the Hawks upset No. 10 Massachusetts, 81-80. January 10, 1996: Three free throws by Terrell Myers with no time left send a game with No. 1 Massachusetts into overtime, but the Minutemen prevail, 94-89. January 2, 1997: The women's basketball teams hosts No. 8 Tennessee before an overflow Fieldhouse crowd, with the Lady Vols prevailing, 64-52, February 25, 1997: Many claim the Fieldhouse was at its all-time loudest as the Hawks end Massachusetts' streak of five consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season championships with a 78-63 victory. November 18, 2001: Former Hawk Cindy Griffin returns as women's basketball coach and defeats No. 23 Rutgers, 64-58, in her second game. March 5, 2003: All-America David West of Xavier outlasts counterpart Jameer Nelson of the Hawks in an 88-80 overtime victory for the No. 18 Musketeers. March 2, 2004: Saint Joseph's defeats St. Bonaventure, 82-50, to complete a perfect regular season (27-0). March 21, 2005: Saint Joseph's wins its third consecutive National Invitation Tournament game in six days at the Fieldhouse, 68-60, over Holy Cross, and eventually reaches the NIT championship game. March 6, 2008: The “Fieldhouse Finale” saw many former SJU coaches, players and mascots in attendance, including Jack Ramsay, Mike Bantom and Jameer Nelson. The on-court Hawks added to the celebration with a 71-66 upset of No. 8 Xavier, the highest ranked team ever beaten at the Fieldhouse.

Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse provided a true homecourt advantage for the Hawks as they won 79 percent of their games in 59 years in the building, and played to standingroom only crowds during the “Perfect Season” in 2003-04.

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SJU Tradition & Spirit F IG H T S O NG S “Oh When the Hawks Go Flying In!” (Sung to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In”)

Why Hawk Hill? In the early 1920’s, former University president Albert G. Brown, S.J., decided to move the college campus from its location just north of the city at 17th and Stiles to its current site on Philadelphia’s city line. He selected the location in part because its hilltop perch overlooking downtown Philadelphia provided a dramatic setting for the construction of the college’s main building, Barbelin Hall. In fact, for many years Barbelin’s signature carillon tower ranked as the highest point from sea level in the city of Philadelphia. Later, according to oral tradition, students and faculty frequently saw real hawks circling the skies above Barbelin, before swooping down on their prey. The familiar scene eventually led to the coining of the moniker “Hawk Hill.”

Crimson and Gray The college colors of crimson and gray date back to the 1890’s when it is related that a young seminarian leading a pep rally saw the colors on a book he was holding. Thinking they looked attractive together, he announced that these would be the school colors.

Oh, when the Hawks, go flying in, Oh, when the Hawks go flying in, I want to be in that number, When the Hawks go flying in. (Repeat above) Let’s Go St. Joe! Let’s Go St. Joe! Let’s Go St. Joe!

“Mine Eyes” (Sung to the tune of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Hawk, He is flying through the doorway ‘cause he never, ever walks, He is flying through the rafters like a loyal, loyal Hawk, The Hawk will never die. Glory, glory what a helluva way to fly, Glory, glory what a helluva way to fly, Glory, glory what a helluva way to fly, The Hawk will never die! We have been to Cincinnati and we’ve been to Buffalo, We have been to Carolina flying high and flying low, And when we get to Maryland let everybody know, The Hawk will never die. Glory, glory what a helluva way to fly, Glory, glory what a helluva way to fly, Glory, glory what a helluva way to fly, The Hawk will never die!

“The Hawk Will Never Die!” The Hawk is one of the most famous mascots in the country, best known for staying in constant motion by flapping its “wings” from tip-off to the final buzzer of every game, as well as for “flying” in figure eights around the court during timeouts. The constant flapping, coupled with the scrappy play of the University’s athletic teams, helped to spawn the school’s familiar slogan “The Hawk Will Never Die!”

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The Saint Joseph’s University Pep Band, under the direction of Tim Laushey (front), with his wife Sue, is made up of students from every class. They are often joined by other musicians who are alumni, friends and fans of the Hawks. When not leading the SJU band, the Tim Laushey Orchestra entertains many and backs numerous singers on the East Coast. Laushey was honored by SJU basketball with the “Sixth Man” Award in 1996-97.

The SJU Dance Team (above) and the Saint Joseph’s Cheerleaders (below).

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