Maryland assistant coach Grant Billmeier, who previously spent eleven years on staff at alma mater Seton Hall, has been hired as the new head coach at NJIT. Billmeier is originally from Pennington, NJ, graduating from St. Patrick HS in Elizabeth and playing for the Pirates from 2003-07.
“I am excited to welcome Grant to NJIT as our next Men’s Basketball Head Coach,” said AD Lenny Kaplan. “Grant is a tireless worker, great recruiter and very much a champion of student-athlete success on and off the court. His New Jersey roots, both as a student-athlete at Saint Patrick High School and Seton Hall University, along with his coaching experience for the Pirates and Terrapins, make him an ideal candidate for our coaching position. I hope Highlander Nation is as excited as I am for him to be the leader of our Men’s Basketball program!”
This past year was Billmeier’s first in College Park, following Kevin Willard over from Seton Hall after spending eleven of the previous twelve years on staff there. Working his way up from CBO to associate head coach during that tenure, Billmeier also had a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson.
“I want to thank President Lim and Lenny Kaplan for the opportunity to return to my home state and become the head men’s basketball coach at NJIT,” Billmeier said. “My staff and I will strive daily for excellence in every aspect of our program, do things the right way, and compete for championships. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of Highlander Nation and can’t wait to get started.”
Former NJIT head coach Brian Kennedy resigned last month after seven seasons at the helm. Kennedy finished above .500 just once with the Highlanders, who have never played in the D-I NCAA Tournament (moved up in 2006).
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