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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: June 30, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Tony Staffiere, who has been a head coach and worked as an assistant, will be the new Colby College assistant women's basketball coach when the 2010-11 season begins in November.
Christine Clancy, the assistant coach for the Mules for the past two years, is the interim head coach and selected her replacement.
"I am really excited to have Tony join my staff," Clancy said. "From the first day I met him, I have been impressed with his diversity of experience in the basketball world and his excitement to work with our great group of players on and off the court."
Staffiere was a men's basketball graduate assistant at the Univeristy of Maine last year while working on a Certificate for Advanced Studies in Higher Education.
Staffiere was the head men's basketball coach at Division II Mercy College for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He also was an assistant women's basketball/recruiting coordinator at Mercy during the 2006-07 academic year. Staffiere also had head women's basketball coaching stints at Northern Essex Community College in 2005-06 and Regis College from 2002 to 2004.
Staffiere earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications from Westfield State College in 1999 and then earned master's degrees at LeMoyne College (2002, education) and Mercy (2007, organizational leadership). He graduated with honors at all three schools.
Staffiere has been a recruiting coordinator at a Five-Star Girls Basketball Camp for the past three years and has worked at both boys and girls Five-Star Basketball Camps for 10 years.
Colby finished 24-5 last year and set a program record for victories in a season. The Mules made the New England Small College Athletic Conference title game and made the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time. Colby has nine of the 11 players on last year's roster returning for the 2010-11 season.