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.
No stranger to the Colonial Athletic Conference, Jim McCarthy enters his second season on the Towson University men’s basketball coaching staff.
In his first season with the Tigers, McCarthy helped TU to its most successful season at the Division I level. The Tigers recorded 25 wins and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
McCarthy joined the Tigers after helping Northeastern win the CAA regular season title in 2012-13.
McCarthy joined the NU staff as assistant coach in 2006, and distinguished himself as a dedicated recruiter and on-court coach.
During the final year of McCarthy’s tenure at NU, the Huskies enjoyed one of the best seasons in program history. NU collected 20 wins, equaling its best win total in eight years, and returned to the postseason for the third time in five years with a NIT berth.
At NU, McCarthy worked closely with the team’s perimeter players, where he helped three players earn All-CAA honors.
Off the court, McCarthy served as a liaison for Student-Athlete Academic Support Services, scheduled non-conference games and worked on NCAA compliance.
Before joining the Huskies staff, McCarthy spent three years as an assistant coach at Yale, where he was active in recruiting, scouting and game preparation. He was also responsible for the development of the team’s perimeter players, two of whom were named All-Ivy.
Before coaching at Yale, McCarthy spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Williams College, helping the team win the 2002-03 NCAA Div. III national title.
During those two years, the Williams staff produced an All-America player, a Final Four Most Outstanding Player and three all-conference performers, while posting a combined record of 53-7. The team won consecutive NESCAC championships and was the first NESCAC and New England school to win a Div. III national title.
Professionally, McCarthy is the CAA representative for the NABC’s Assistant Coaches Committee. For the past five years, he has participated in the prestigious Villa 7 Consortium for assistant coaches across the nation.
A 2001 graduate of Hamilton College, McCarthy played for Northeastern assistant coach Tom Murphy and was an All-UCAA selection in 2000. Murphy is one of the all-time winningest NCAA Division III coaches.
McCarthy earned the school’s Ned Doyle Award for leadership, athletic success and academic achievement.
McCarthy and his wife, Katie, reside in Lutherville with their son Nathan and daughter Hannah.
Bruce Shingler enters his third season as one of the Tigers’ assistant coaches, after coming to Towson from Morgan State.
Shingler has helped turn the Tigers into one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.
In his first season, he helped the Tigers set the NCAA Division record for largest single-season turnaround. His second season saw TU record 25 wins, their most at the Division I level, and advance to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
Shingler, who served as an AAU head coach of the DC Assault 17-and-Under team, came to Towson after serving on Todd Bozeman’s staff at Morgan State.
Skerry has called Shingler a great communicator and extremely energetic. Known as an excellent recruiter, Shingler has strong ties in the Maryland, DC and northern Virginia areas.
Prior to his year at Morgan State, Shingler was the head coach at Bladensburg (Md.) High School. While at Bladensburg, he led the Mustangs to an 18-5 record and a No. 12 ranking in The Washington Post final poll.
With DC Assault, Shingler coached a number of prominent players, including McDonald’s All-Americans Michael Beasley (Kansas State/Minnesota Timberwolves), Wally Judge (Rutgers), Quinn Cook (Duke) and approximately 40 other Division I players.
Prior to his years coaching at the AAU and high school levels, Shingler spent a season as an administrative assistant at Kansas State under Coach Frank Martin.
“Bruce is one of the bright young stars in this business,” says Martin, who is now the head coach at South Carolina. “He is a former high school teacher and coach who has a tremendous rapport with kids.”
Shingler was a four-year starter and Academic All-American point guard at St. Augustine’s College from 2001-05. He averaged six points and more than seven assists per game.
Shingler earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Communications in 2005.
Shingler resides in Upper Marlboro. He has a son, Giovonni.
Director of Student-Athlete Development
Towson head men's basketball coach Pat Skerry announced the hiring of Oliver Brown as Director of Student-Athlete Development.
Brown comes to Towson after spending the previous 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.
A walk-on for the Mount, Brown started on senior day against St. Francis Brooklyn, and scored the game's first basket in the Mountaineer win. He scored his first collegiate points against No. 16 Georgetown, and also scored against No. 22 Marquette during his career.
Brown graduated from MSM in 2013 with a degree in business management. He earned his MBA from MSM in 2015.