Geoff Hensley has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at Thomas College, athletic director David Roussel announced in a news release Monday.
Hensley takes over the Terrier program from Dick Whitmore, who served as interim coach since mid-February.
Hensley comes to Thomas after serving as an assistant coach at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, for the past two seasons. As a member of the Centre coaching staff, he helped the team post a two-year record of 44-11 with a pair of Southern Athletic Association Championships and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
At Centre, Hensley served as the recruiting coordinator, co-director of summer basketball camps and the head coach of the junior varsity program.
“We are pleased to have coach Hensley join the Thomas coaching staff and college community,” Roussel said. “He will bring a great knowledge and passion for the game of basketball, and we look forward to him developing our young men on and off the court.”
Hensley also was an assistant at Springfield College for two seasons.
He played four years of collegiate basketball for former Thomas head coach Paul Booth at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, where he amassed 1,200 points and 400 assists, while being a four year starter.
“I am extremely honored and excited for this tremendous opportunity to be the men’s basketball coach at Thomas College,” Hensley said.
Thomas did not publicize its coaching change, and Roussel said he could not provide any insight into the matter.
USM, St. Joe’s begin NCAA regional play
The University of Southern Maine baseball team (31-12) is among the 56 teams selected to play in the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship as the Huskies received one of the 14 at-large berths announced Monday.
USM is the second seed for the eight-team, double-elimination regional tournament to be held at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Massachusetts, where Saint Joseph’s College of Standish, the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference champ (28-13), received the sixth seed.
Regional tournament play gets underway Wednesday and continues through Saturday. St. Joe’s will face No. 3 Tufts at 4:30 p.m., and USM will take on Worcester State University at 8 p.m.
In the other games, No. 4 Endicott will play No. 5 MIT at 9:30 a.m., and No. 1 Eastern Connecticut State University will take on No. 8 Mitchell College at 1 p.m.
Husson golf team to tee off in NCAA Tourney
The Husson University men’s golf team will compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships Tuesday through Friday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The championships feature 210 participants from over 41 teams.
The Eagles earned the berth when the team claimed its eighth straight North Atlantic Conference title last fall.
Husson coach Ed Meo is optimistic regarding Husson’s play heading into the championships.
“Coming off a short spring, the team had an abbreviated practice time but is playing well. Lance Bernier and Porter Gervais seem to be almost in summer [form], and Greg Martin is playing well and is very consistent.
“Our goal is to make the cut after two days of competition, the cut line is the top 15 teams. The team is capable of doing it, and, if they all play well, it is possible,” he added.
Colby women’s lacrosse set for NCAA’s third round
The Colby College women’s lacrosse team will play Williams College at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in an NCAA Division III Tournament third-round game hosted by Cortland State (New York).
With graduation at Cortland State this weekend, the regional games will be played at nearby Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York. Cortland will face University of Redlands in one regional semifinal at 11:30 a.m. The winners of the two games meet in an NCAA quarterfinal (regional final) at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Colby is playing in the NCAA tourney for the eighth time. The Mules had advanced as far as the NCAA quarterfinals on three occasions.