Jim Ferry Named New Head Coach

August 19th, 1998 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. –Plymouth State College has filled out its coaching staff with the naming of a new coach for men’s basketball and men’s tennis, according to Panther athletic director Steve Bamford.

The new coach is Jim Ferry, who spent the past seven years as assistant basketball coach at Bentley College. He is a 1990 graduate of Keene State College and a former three-year letterman for the Owls, and he coached one year at his alma mater before going to Bentley in 1991.

Ferry takes over a men’s basketball program from Paul Hogan, who resigned in June after eight years. Ferry inherits the men’s tennis program from Sal Leale, who remains at Plymouth State as hockey coach.

“When I talked with college coaches from around New England, they were all united in their praise of Jim Ferry,” said Bamford. “He’s one of the best young assistant coaches anywhere. He’s bright, intense, aggressive and full of energy and enthusiasm. He was the unanimous choice of our search committee.”

Ferry has been a top assistant at Bentley since 1991, handling responsibilities such as recruiting, scheduling, scouting, game and practice coaching, and working with student-athletes off the court on training and academic programs. He has been a physical education teacher since he joined the Bentley staff, and has been an active coach and lecturer at basketball camps throughout New England.

“This is extremely exciting for me and my family,” said Ferry. “It’s a great opportunity at a college with an outstanding reputation in both athletics and academics, all on a great campus in a beautiful town. The basketball tradition is outstanding, and I look to keep it going.”

Ferry played three years for the Owls basketball team, leading the team in scoring as both a junior and a senior. He served as a team captain as a senior, and earned several All-Tournament Team honors throughout his career.

The PSC men’s basketball program Ferry inherits is in excellent shape. The Panthers were 136-80 in the eight years under Hogan, and made five post-season appearances. PSC finished with a 19-8 record and a third straight playoff berth in 1998, and returns Little East Conference Player of the Year Adam DeChristopher back for his senior season. The men’s tennis team will have its third coach in as many years. The Panthers were 5-6 last season and placed fourth at the Little East Conference Tournament.

Ferry and his wife Kelly have three children, Victoria, 4, and twins James and Hannah, born 12-2-97.

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