Former Seton Hall player and assistant Donald Copeland has been named the new head coach at Wagner, the school announced on Thursday. Copeland spent two years as a graduate assistant (2015-17) and four as an assistant coach (2017-21) at Wagner under Bashir Mason before taking a job at his alma mater last summer.
“We are proud to introduce Donald Copeland as our new head men’s basketball coach,” said AD Walt Hameline. “After discussions with current and former players as well as a thorough interview process, Donald stood out as the clear favorite for the job. This hire helps us build upon our recent success and brings a proven winner aboard to continue the rich tradition of basketball at Wagner College. We are confident that Donald will bring talented student-athletes to Wagner who will excel in the classroom and community while making our fans proud with their performance on the court.”
Copeland is from Jersey City and played for legendary head coach Bob Hurley, Sr. at St. Anthony (NJ) before joining the Pirates, where he appeared in 108 games and two NCAA Tournaments.
“Having started my coaching career here, returning to Wagner is a special moment for me and my family,” said Copeland. “Bashir Mason left this program in great shape and I’m thankful for our friendship. I’m excited to get to work with our student-athletes and promise that we will do everything we can to make our students, alumni, and fans proud on and off the court.”
Mason left Wagner earlier this month after ten seasons to replace Shaheen Holloway at Saint Peter’s. He led the Seahawks to three NEC titles and two NIT berths during his tenure, all coming in the last six years.
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