WEST HARTFORD – The University of Hartford men’s basketball team has added John Linehan to its staff as an assistant coach, Head Coach John Gallagher announced today. Linehan comes to the Hawks after spending time on the staffs at Brown, Drexel and Temple.
In addition to his coaching career, Linehan was a standout player at Providence College in the early 2000s. He was a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year (2001, 2002), Bob Cousy Award winner (2002) and NCAA Defensive Player of the Year Award winner (2002) for the Friars. Furthermore, Linehan is the NCAA’s all-time career record holder for steals (385).
“Adding someone with as strong of a basketball background as John Linehan is absolutely huge for our players and our program as a whole,” Gallagher said. “John remains one of the best defensive players in NCAA history, and our players are eager to have him pass along his knowledge to them. I have a tremendous amount of respect for John as a man of high character, and I couldn’t be more excited to add him to our staff.”
Linehan spent the 2016-17 season under Mike Martin at Brown, where the Bears finished 37th in the nation and first in the Ivy League with 7.6 steals per game. Steven Spieth, a First Team All-Ivy selection, led the way with his 1.4 steals per contest, while three other players posted more than one swipe per contest.
“I’m honored to become a part of the Hartford Basketball program,” Linehan said. “Coach Gallagher’s passion for teaching young men the game of basketball is something I’ve always admired, and I’m so excited to work alongside him. I’ve seen such a commitment to winning from everyone in the Hawks family – from players to coaches to staff – and I’m convinced we have a great year ahead of us.”
Linehan came to Brown from Drexel, where he was an operations assistant in 2015-16. He worked as a graduate assistant coach at Temple in 2014-15, and as a volunteer assistant for the Delaware 87ers and Philadelphia 76ers in the summer of 2015. Linehan also has AAU coaching experience, working with Team Phoenix in Greensboro, N.C., and Youth Interlock Society in Chester, Pa.
A professional player from 2002-14, Linehan excelled in the French Pro A League, starting and captaining the SLUC Nancy squad (2006-07 and 2010-13) and the Cholet Basket squad from 2009-10. He was a four-time France Pro A-League Defensive Player of the Year (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011) and was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Estonian Pro A League (2009).
He also has experience in the Continental Basketball Association with the Dakota Wizards and with the Greenville Grove of the NBA D-League. Linehan played for the Harlem Globetrotters in 2004.