Greg Herenda

Greg Herenda (born April 2, 1961)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Elon Phoenix (Head coach: Billy Taylor)
Current conference: Coastal Athletic Association (CAA)
Teams coached: Cabrini Cavaliers, UMass Lowell River Hawks, Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
Cabrini record^: 12–14 (.462)
UMass Lowell record^: 95-54 (.638)
Fairleigh Dickinson record: 105-164 (.390)
Overall record^: 212-232 (.477)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (2016, 2019)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NEC Regular Season Champion:  1  (2019)
  • NEC Tournament Champion:  2  (2016, 2019)
  • NEC-10 (Div II) Tournament Champion:  1  (2010)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  4  (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)


  • NEC-10 (Div II) Coach of the Year:  1  (2008)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present Elon (asst)
2013-2022 Fairleigh Dickinson
2008-2013 UMass Lowell
2007-2008 Cabrini
2006-2007 Elgin CC
1999-2005 East Carolina (assoc. HC)
1997-1999 Yale (asst)
1994-1997 Seton Hall (asst)
1989-1994 Holy Cross (asst)
1985-1989 Merrimack (asst)
1983-1985 Lowell State (asst)

Greg Herenda Facts

  • Greg Herenda
  • Born April 2, 1961
  • Hometown: North Bergen, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: Merrimack College (BA, 1983)
  • Played four seasons for Bert Hammel at Division II Merrimack College in North Andover, MD
  • After graduation spent two years as an assistant at then-Division II UMass Lowell under head coach Don Doucette
  • Returned to Merrimack in 1985 and worked as an assistant under Hammel for four seasons
  • Joined George Blaney‘s staff at Holy Cross in 1989 and then followed him to Seton Hall five years later, working on his staff for a total of eight seasons between the two programs
  • Spent two years at Yale under coach Dick Kuchen before becoming Bill Herrion‘s associate head coach at East Carolina in 1999
  • After six years at ECU, Herenda spent one year as the head coach at Elgin CC (IL) where he went 18-11
  • Went 12-14 in one season as the head coach at Division II Cabrini College (now University)
  • Returned to UMass Lowell in 2008, spending the next five years as the River Hawks’ head coach
    • Led the team to four Division II NCAA Tournaments during his five-year tenure
  • Hired in April 2013 to be the head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, his fourth head coaching job but first at the Division I level
    • Herenda’s team won the 2016 NEC Tournament, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament First Four
      • It was the program’s fifth ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and first since 2005
    • Won a share of the NEC regular season title in 2019 and returned the Knights to the NCAAs by way of another NEC Tournament crown
    • Fired in April 2022 after going 4-22 in the previous season and 24-56 combined in the previous three
  • In June 2022, Herenda was hired as an assistant at Elon by new head coach Billy Taylor

Greg Herenda Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels; UMass Lowell was a Division II program during Herenda’s tenure, but has since moved up to Division I