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Damien Strahorn, who played under and was an assistant for legendary head coach Dick Whitmore, enters his third year as head coach of the Colby College men’s basketball team in the 2013-14 season.
Strahorn was the head coach at Plymouth State University three years ago and an assistant coach for four years at Columbia University. He is the first head coach, other than Whitmore, to lead the Mules since 1970. Strahorn is the seventh head coach in Colby men’s basketball history dating back to the 1937-38 season.
“Damien has the right mix of terrific basketball knowledge and high level recruiting experience that we need, combined with his knowledge of the traditions and history of the men’s basketball program at Colby,” said Marcella Zalot, Colby's Harold Alfond Director of Athletics.
Strahorn is a 2002 graduate of Colby, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in administrative science.
Despite taking over a Plymouth State team with just one returning starter and a squad predicted to finish last in the Little East Conference, Strahorn helped the Panthers to a sixth-place finish and an 11-14 record.
Strahorn was in the Ivy League at Columbia for four years under then head coach Joe Jones, who is now the associate head coach at Boston College. Strahorn was named interim head coach for the spring after Jones left for Boston College. He was in charge of spring workouts and did some home visits to the incoming first-year players.
Strahorn started out at Columbia as a third assistant and quickly worked himself up to Jones’ top assistant for his final two years with the Lions. Strahorn helped Jones lead Columbia to the most Ivy League wins during a three-year span since 1994 and helped them tie for most wins in one season in 30 years with a 16-12 record in the 2006-07 season. Columbia had the best four-year record during Strahorn’s time with the Lions since 1980.
Strahorn coached four years with Whitmore, first as a volunteer and then working himself into a paid assistant coach position.
Strahorn, a native of Menlo Park, Calif., was a two-year player at Colby after transferring from Foothill College. During his senior year at Colby, Strahorn earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference First Team honors and was named to the All-New England Second Team. A captain his senior year, Strahorn averaged 22.9 points per game.
Besides his new job coaching the Mules, Strahorn also will have the opportunity to keep his fellow Colby basketball alumni active and engaged in the program.
“As a graduate of the program he has experienced the energy, the enthusiasm, and the sense of family within the men’s basketball program that transcends generations of players,” Zalot said. “He is the perfect person to continue building this family while simultaneously putting his own stamp on the program. I watched Damien play as a student and lead his team as a captain. He now has the opportunity to lead the entire program as our new head coach. It is a great challenge and opportunity, and Damien will be terrific.”
Damian Farley, Assistant Coach
Phone: 207-859-4912; Fax: 207-859-4965
Damian Farley heads into his third year as assistant coach at Colby in the 2013-14 academic year.
He joined the Colby staff after serving as the top assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Clarkson University for three seasons.
During his tenure, Farley helped lead the Golden Knights to a 41-35 record, including their second consecutive Liberty League Conference Tournament appearance in 2009, when they finished the season with a 15-11 record. The Golden Knights produced back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 45 years after finishing the 2009-2010 season at 14-11.
Farley helped coach eight members of the All-Liberty League team during his time at Clarkson and was instrumental in the recruitment of two Liberty League All-Rookie team members.
Prior to Clarkson, Farley coached at Wheelock College in Brookline, Mass., helping revive basketball at that institution.
Farley graduated from Springfield College in 2007. While playing for the Pride, he averaged 8.9 points per game and 4.8 rebounds over the course of his career and tallied 100 assists. He played in the NCAA Tournament during his sophomore season.
Greg Rosnick, Assistant Coach
Phone: 207-859-4959; Fax: 207-859-4965
Greg Rosnick, who worked for Haverford College last year, enters his first season as assistant coach for the Colby College men's basketball team in the 2013-14 academic year.
"I am really excited about Coach Rosnick joining our staff," Colby head coach Damien Strahorn said. "He brings a great combination of experience from his playing days as a successful student-athlete at Haverford to his time coaching and recruiting high academic young men."
Rosnick, a 2009 graduate of Haverford, ranks third all-time at the school in career assists and steals. He was on the All-Centennial Conference basketball team in 2009, earned league all-academic honors for three years, made the conference's Sportsmanship Team in 2008, and was a two-year captain.
Rosnick also excelled off the court, earning the Stephen G. Cary Award in 2009 for the senior with the greatest impact on Haverford's athletic department. He also was awarded the W.W. Smith Scholarship in 2008 and 2009 for being a top college/community leader at the school. Rosnick earned the LGB Education Scholarship for academic excellence in 2007.
Rosnick, who earned a master's degree from Smith College in 2010, is the co-founder and president of DiverseCity Hoops. He started the basketball camp in 2007 and a goal of the program is to utilize basketball to teach racial, cultural, and gender diversity.
Before taking the assistant coaching job at Haverford, Rosnick spent one year as assistant coach at Belchertown (Mass.) High School.
Nick Pelotte, Assistant Coach
Nick Pelotte, a 2005 graduate of Plymouth State University, had a decorated college and high school basketball career. He begins his first year as an assistant coach with the Mules.
Pelotte was a 2005 All-American and was the ECAC Player of the Year. He earned Little East Conference First Team honors and All-Northeast Region honors the final three years with the Panthers.
Pelotte, a Valedictorian at Valley High School in his senior year, led a team that went 84-0 and won four straight state titles. He was the Morning Sentinel and Sun Journal Player of the Year in 2001. He also earned all-state honors and was on the McDonald's All-Star and All-Academic Teams.
Pelotte was the founder of the Matt Budrow Memorial Scholar Fund (2008-present). He also has been a camp counselor at Colby's Pine Tree Basketball Camp (2001-08) and from 2011-13.