Assistant Jack Castleberry has been elevated to head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, the school announced on Tuesday. Castleberry has been at FDU for just one year, but was part of the Knights’ historic upset last week over 1-seed Purdue. He has been working in college basketball for the last sixteen seasons after playing for four years at VMI.
“I am extremely happy to promote Jack Castleberry to be our next head coach,” AD Bradford Hurlbut said in a release. “I have watched him closely for the last 10 months, as if he was doing a live audition. The way Jack interacts with our players on and off the court, coupled with the respect that they have for him, made him the perfect choice to keep the FDU momentum headed in the right direction. Like Tobin, Jack is a terrific recruiter, having played a major role in landing our impressive incoming class. But most importantly is his high moral character and how he matches our core values: Integrity, Pride, Resilience, Respect and Unity. The future remains extremely bright for the Knights with Jack leading the charge.”
Castleberry takes over for Tobin Anderson, who left for Iona this week after one season with the Knights. He arrived in New Jersey last year after spending the previous six seasons on staff at The Citadel. Other gigs include time at his alma mater, VMI, one season at Tennessee-Martin and two years as an assistant with the Siena women’s program.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead America’s newest Cinderella as the FDU men’s basketball head coach,” said Castleberry. “I am beyond thankful to Tobin and Jodi for bringing me on board and allowing me to be a part of such an incredible run. I’m grateful to Dr. Avaltroni, Brad and Jason for their confidence in me to serve in this new role and continue to build a special program at FDU. Above all, I want to thank our players and look forward to continuing to support them academically, socially and athletically.”
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