Moments after Pat Skerry was named as the Tigers’ head coach, the first call he made was to his former Rhode Island colleague, Kevin Clark. He immediately hired Clark as an assistant coach.
Since joining the staff at Towson, Clark has played an integral role in helping the Tigers complete one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history.
Clark is a consummate professional and has worked as a head coach at the Division I and Division III levels. Skerry said that Clark is a great fit at Towson as he boasts a wealth of experience with recruiting contacts on the Eastern Seaboard and throughout the country.
A native of Stamford, Conn., Clark has been a key figure on the college basketball scene for almost three decades. He has worked at five different Division I schools in the BIG EAST, Atlantic 10, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Patriot League.
Clark, who begins his fourth year with the Tigers, came to Towson after a seven-year stint as an assistant to Coach Jim Baron at Rhode Island.
During his tenure, the Rams compiled a 129-97 record that included three trips to the National Invitation Tournament and a berth in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational Tournament. URI completed its fourth-straight 20-plus win season in 2010-11 with a 20-14 mark.
Prior to his affiliation at URI, Clark was the associate head coach at St. John’s from 1998-2004. He helped the Red Storm to a 114-78 record that included the 2003 NIT championship. Clark was named St. John’s interim head coach on December 20, 2003, and coached the Red Storm for the remainder of the 2003-04 season.
In his first season at St. John’s, the Red Storm posted a 28-9 record and reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. In his second year, the Red Storm turned in another impressive season, winning the BIG EAST championship and earning another berth to the NCAA Tournament.
After going 14-15 in year three, St. John’s bounced back with a 20-12 campaign, earning their third NCAA Tournament berth in four seasons. The 2002-03 season saw the Red Storm defeat Georgetown, 70-67, to win the NIT championship at Madison Square Garden.
Clark took over as the interim head coach in the middle of the 2003-04 season after Mike Jarvis resigned. He guided a depleted St. John’s team to wins over UCLA and Georgetown at Madison Square Garden.
Clark’s first run in the Atlantic 10 was as an assistant coach under Jarvis at George Washington (1993-97). The Colonials compiled a 78-45 mark that included the best record in school history (24-9) during the 1997-98 season. On Clark’s watch, GW captured two Atlantic 10 championships and earned two NCAA tournament bids.
From 1991-94, Clark was an assistant coach at Fairfield.
Prior to that, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Clark University, from 1987-91. He guided the Cougars to the 1988 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship on the strength of a 20-7 record.
In four seasons as the Cougars’ head coach, he led Clark to a 61-43 record.
He was an assistant basketball coach at Clark under Coach Wally Halas from 1984-87. He also served as the head men’s and women’s track coach during those years.
Clark began his coaching career at Holy Cross, where he was a Crusaders’ assistant coach during the 1982-83 season.
A 1981 graduate of Clark University with a degree in sociology, he was a three-time All-American. A four-year starter, he was also a two-year captain for the Cougars.
As a senior, he was named as the New England Division III Player of the Year by the ECAC and United Press International. During his playing career, he led the Cougars to four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and his teams reached the national quarterfinals twice.
The fourth-leading scorer in Clark history with 1,605 points, Clark still holds school records for rebounds (1,447), rebounding average (14.4) and field goal percentage (.600). On January 28, 1995, he was inducted into the CU Athletic Hall of Fame.
In September, 2003, Clark was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Clark lives in Owings Mills with his wife Robin, son Korey and daughter Kyla. Korey attends Rhode Island, while Kyla plays soccer at Charlotte.
Assistant CoachPat O'Connell
A Baltimore native, O’Connell has been named an assistant coach for the Towson University men’s basketball team. Prior to working at the University of Southern California (USC) last year as the Director of Basketball Operations, O’Connell served three seasons as the Director of Student-Athlete Development on the Tiger men's basketball coaching staff.
During his time at Towson, the 2012-13 team made the largest single-season turnaround in NCAA history and the 2013-14 team won a program Division I record 25 games. Towson also made its first postseason appearances as a Division I program and won two games. Last year, the Tigers won 20 games for the second time in three years.
Entering this season, Towson has the most CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) conference victories with 42 since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
“We are thrilled to bring Pat back on staff,” Towson head coach Pat Skerry said. “He was outstanding in his three years for us as we helped build the program. He has certainly benefitted from working under coach Andy Enfield at USC and coach Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. He’s a local guy and it’s good to get him back in Baltimore. He knows our system, our culture and he knows our players.”
O'Connell spent the two seasons prior to joining Towson coaching staff as a graduate assistant at Florida State. He assisted Hamilton, the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year, and his staff with both practices and individual workouts. At Florida State, O'Connell played a pivotal role in advance scouting, film breakdown and certain aspects of recruiting.
“Words cannot express how excited I am to return to Towson,” O’Connell said. “Having previously worked for coach Skerry, I know his work ethic is second to none and he is the ultimate competitor. Coach Skerry and his staff continue to push Towson men's basketball to new heights. I believe the best is yet to come and I'm ready to positively affect this process"
O'Connell graduated from Johns Hopkins University where he was a four-year standout for the Blue Jays' basketball team. He was a member of the 2007 Centennial Conference championship team that went 24-5. O'Connell served as the team's captain and earned all-conference honors in 2010.
O'Connell ranks second all-time in career steals at Johns Hopkins, the same school where USC head coach Andy Enfield ranks first in career points scored.
“Pat is a tireless worker who has an enthusiastic personality mixed with a creative basketball mind,” Enfield said. “We will surely miss Pat, but our basketball staff looks forward to following his success and the continued success of Towson basketball.”
Added Hamilton: “Pat is one of the sharpest, most intuitive and hardest working guys we have had working with our staff at Florida State. There was never any doubt that he would become a college coach and he is destined to do very well in this profession. Towson head coach Pat Skerry is an outstanding teacher. Pat will learn a great deal and benefit tremendously simply from being around Coach Skerry every day.”
O'Connell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Business Management from Hopkins in 2010. He obtained his Master of Science in Sports Management from Florida State in May of 2012.
“Pat will be heavily involved with scouting, recruiting, player relationships, player development as well as other tasks,” Skerry said. “He reminds me a lot of other good assistants we’ve had here in that he can coach, recruit and handle administrative tasks and develop great relationships with student-athletes. He’s the total package.”
Assistant CoachBranden McDonald
McDonald comes to Towson after working the last two years at a successful Manhattan College program under head coach Steve Masiello.
McDonald spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for the University of Pittsburgh under head coach Jamie Dixon. Skerry worked on Dixon’s staff in 2010-11. At Pittsburgh, McDonald helped the Panthers qualify for a pair of postseason appearances, including the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He assisted in player development, film breakdown and scouting reports.
Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, McDonald worked with The Hoop Group while balancing stints at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland and the prestigious Team Takeover program run by Keith Stevens that is a part of the Amateur Athletic Union.
A native of Glen Arden, McDonald played his collegiate basketball at renowned Division II Virginia Union University. Following his graduation in 2011, McDonald worked as a paraprofessional in New Carrollton, MD.
Director of Basketball Operations
Oliver Brown is entering his third year with the Towson University men’s basketball program and his second as the Director of Basketball Operations.
As Towson’s Director of Operations, Brown oversees all day-to-day aspects of the Tiger program. He handles team travel arrangements, schedules games, coordinates practices and oversees the basketball managers. Brown was also responsible for coordinating all aspects of Towson’s recent summer trip to Montreal.
He also oversees the Towson Basketball team and individual summer camps, while assisting in video breakdown, film exchange and scouting upcoming opponents.
Brown was the Tigers Director of Student-Athlete Development during the 2015-16 season. He was a key part of helping Towson win at least 20 games for the third time in four years. Brown coordinated all things relating to technology, worked with assistant coaches to prepare and finalize all scouting films, created daily edits from practice to share with players and staff members and spearheaded community service efforts.
He also successfully oversaw an academic game plan for the men’s basketball program and he evaluated and made edits on all targeted recruits.
Before Brown came to Towson, he worked two years as a graduate manager at Mount St. Mary’s. In his role with the Mountaineers, Brown handled all of the video and social media responsibilities for the coaching staff. In addition, he played an important part in the daily improvement of the players, especially in skill work. He also oversaw the nutritional game plans for all of the student-athletes on the squad.
Brown was a member of the Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball team from 2009-13. Brown was a graduate assistant for the 2014 Mount St. Mary’s squad that won the Northeast Conference and competed in the NCAA Tournament.
Brown graduated from MSM in 2013 with a degree in business management. He earned his MBA from MSM in 2015.
Director of Student-Athlete DevelopmentParfait Bitee
A University of Rhode Island graduate and member of the Cameroonian men's national basketball team, Bitee enters his first year as Towson's Director of Student-Athlete Development.
Bitee's responsibilities will include organizing all game and practice edits and assisting the coaching staff in formulating scouting efforts; devising and implementing class check schedule for all men's basketball student athletes.
He will also assist in programming and education of the development of student-athletes and provide mentoring as needed. Bitee will also assist with Towson's Total Tiger program and help organize team community service efforts.
"I'm excited to add Parfait to our staff, having had the pleasure of coaching him as a student athlete he has always been someone I've had my eye on," Skerry said. "Now that he has finished playing I'm looking forward to him mentoring our student-athletes and especially our perimeter players on what it takes to become a successful collegiate student-athlete and beyond that."
Bitee understands the challenges many international student-athletes that come to the United States face in hopes of bettering their lives through academics and athletics.
Bitee was a standout at Rhode Island in which he was named to the Atlantic-10's All-Defensive Team. He also departed Rhode Island as the school's all-time leader in assists, three-pointers made and three-point field goal percentage.
Bitee enjoyed a sensational senior season where he helped lead the team to 21 victories and a trip to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
The Yaounde, Cameroon native registered career-highs in several statistical categories: scoring (11.8), field goal percentage (.496), field goals made (128), three-point field goal percentage (.512), three-point field goals made (65), assists (156), steals (26). His .512 three-point field goal percentage was among the tops in the nation and was just one 3FG make short of setting a new URI single-season record for 3FG proficiency.
Bitee played on the Cameroonian men's national basketball team that won the silver medal at the FIBA Africa Championship 2007. Bitee has played professionally for seven years in five countries (Morocco, Qatar, France, Belgium and Angola).