Basketball returns to Westchester CC

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Westchester Community College has announced the return of its men’s and women’s basketball teams with the new seasons beginning later this year.

New coaches have been hired and were introduced at a press conference on Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hartford Hall Boardroom on the college’s Valhalla campus. A national search attracted more than two hundred highly qualified applicants including former professional basketball players and highly touted coaches from a variety of competitive levels. Sean Kelly has been named the men’s coach and Nesta Felix has been tabbed as the women’s coach.

“This promises to be an enriching experience for many of our students, not only those who will field the teams,” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College. “The student athletes will have an opportunity to showcase their skills on the court, while their fellow students will be able to show their enthusiasm and exhibit school spirit during the upcoming season. This will truly enhance the overall college experience for all,” she adds.

“I am pleased to be able to announce that basketball is returning to Westchester Community College,” says the college’s Athletic Director Mike Belfiore. “We have begun to recruit players for both teams and look forward to the fall when our student-athletes will again be able to compete against other institutions in the region.”

Kelly, whose Bronx Community College teams posted a 74-43 record over five seasons, advancing to an NJCAA regional title game and two regional Final Fours, also coached at Bergen Community College. At that New Jersey institution, he led the team to an undefeated 30-0 regular season campaign (2009). Prior to Bergen, he was an assistant coach at Mercy College. Kelly earned his BA at the University of Scranton and his Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Felix was the women’s basketball coach at Yeshiva University (2012-2015) and was named the Hudson Valley Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year (2014). She also has coached at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, New York (15-5 record), currently coaches a Scarsdale, New York Eighth Grade TriCounty girls basketball team (2011 to present), and was assistant women’s basketball coach at Monroe College (2002-2008). She received her BA from Iona College and her Masters at Monroe College. This fall marks the return of the men’s and women’s basketball after a two year hiatus. Both teams will compete at the Division Two level. Practices for the new teams begin in October with the regular season games commencing in November 2017.

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