Men's Basketball

Head Coach: Jeff Charney (4th Year)

JeffCharney.JPGCharney had the interim tag removed from his title at the end of the 2008 season and was thusly appointed the full-time head men’s basketball coach at Purchase in 2008-09. He led the Panthers to an amazing turnaround in his first season, taking Purchase from three to 15 wins and a playoff berth in the Skyline Conference Tournament.

If that wasn't good enough, Charney followed his first full season in Orange and Blue with a Skyline Conference Tournament crown and the college's first ever berth in the NCAA DIII Tournament in 2009-10.

The greatest season in Purchase men's hoops history was capped for Charney with a pair of Coach of the Year honors. Charney received the All-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year award and the All-Met Coach of the Year for guiding the Panthers to a 20-9 overall mark last winter.

A longtime local baseball, football and basketball coach, Charney turned around a poor year for the Panthers in the second half of the 2007-08 campaign, using his success in previous coaching endeavors to spark that turnaround.  

In his last five seasons coaching high school basketball, the Rye Brook, NY native sports a 106-10 record. His Blind Brook H.S teams won a Federation Championship game, a State Championship, and made 5-of-5 County Center Final Four appearances. Overall, Charney boasts a 238-85 record in 15 years of coaching at the high school level.

For his success on the high school hardwood, Charney received numerous accolades, including Madison Square Garden Tri-State Coach of the Year in 2002, presented by Mike Quick of the MSG Network.

Charney has also been recognized for his success on the diamond and the gridiron. On the baseball field, Charney received coach of the year honors from both the NY Daily News and The Journal News. In 1992, he was named Junior College National Coach of the Year after coaching Westchester Community College to the Junior College World Series. He’s also enjoyed success at the high school level where he won a Section 1 record six sectional championships, four regional championships, 10 league championships and made four State Final appearances in 16 years.

In 26 years of coaching football, Charney never had a losing season at the JV level at Rye High School, winning three state titles (2005, 2006, 2008).

Assistant Coach: Chad Charney (2nd Year)

CCharney.jpgA successful two-sport athlete and four-year letterman in both baseball and basketball during his college career at Purchase, Charney joined the Panther coaching staff last season one year after starring on the basketball team. With the departure of top assistant Nat Harris, the younger Charney has now been named his father's primary assistant for the 2010-11 campaign.  

Charney, nicknamed the “3-point Bomber,” finished his Purchase career with 216 total 3s. He held the NCAA record for most consecutive 3s made in a row – nine, which he set on Jan. 19, 2008 against St. Joseph’s College. It was later broken by George Mason's Dre Smith (Jan. 2008).

He captained baseball and basketball at Purchase, earning an All-Conference selection his junior year in baseball. As the team’s ace pitcher, Charney, a former Port Chester High School standout in baseball and basketball, was in the top five in league strikeouts all four years he pitched, totaling 16 career wins – the most in Purchase history.    

Assistant Coach: Branden Gibson (3rd Year)

BGibson.jpgGibson returns to the Purchase coaching staff for his third season. A graduate of Newburgh Free Academy in 2002, where he was a two-year starting captain, Gibson moved on to play college basketball at Dominican, earning his degree in 2007.

Following his playing days, Gibson took to coaching. As an assistant program director for the 76ers basketball camp, Gibson would train over 30 Division I and DII college ballplayers before joining the Purchase staff as an assistant in 2008-09.

Gibson was honored recently. Read all about it:

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