Ron Everhart Named Head Men's Basketball Coach
Ron Everhart, who in his last two coaching stops reversed the fortunes of the men's basketball programs at both McNeese State and Northeastern, has been named men's basketball coach at Duquesne University, Director of Athletics Greg Amodio announced today.
Everhart, 44, reached an agreement with Duquesne on Wednesday afternoon.
The 15th head coach in the 89-year history of Duquesne basketball, Everhart will be formally introduced at a media conference on Thursday afternoon.
"In Ron Everhart we've hired a head coach with a proven track record of turning programs around," said Amodio. "His ability as a teacher and passion for the game has enabled him to successfully rebuild programs at both McNeese State and Northeastern. His experience gives him a firm understanding of the task at hand. As someone who grew up in this area, Ron embodies the blue-collar work ethic which will be essential in his success as we move forward."
"I'm thrilled and excited and at the same time very proud to represent Duquesne University as the head basketball coach," said Everhart. "Having grown up in this area, I am very familiar with Duquesne and its tradition of success. I look forward to getting started."
Everhart, a native of nearby Fairmont, W.Va., has compiled a 174-172 (.503) record in 12 seasons as a head coach at McNeese State and Northeastern, while engineering dramatic turnarounds at both schools.
At Northeastern, he inherited a program that averaged fewer than nine wins in the six seasons prior to his arrival and produced 19, 21 and 19 victories in each of the past three years. In his five seasons at the Boston, Mass. school, the Huskies averaged 16.4 wins.
His 2004-05 team, which finished second in the America East Conference with a 15-3 record (21-10 overall), advanced to the postseason conference tournament championship game where it lost to NCAA Tournament Cinderella Vermont. The `05 Huskies went on to earn an NIT bid - marking Northeastern's first postseason appearance in 14 years.
This past season, he led the Huskies to a 19-11 record and 12-6 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. His starting point guard, Jose Juan Barea, was named CAA Player of the Year and forward Shawn James earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.
At McNeese State, Everhart ended a streak of six consecutive sub-.500 seasons by leading the Cowboys to a 15-12 mark in 1995-96 - his second season at the Lake Charles, La. school. His seven-year stay culminated with a 22-9 record and Southland Conference regular-season title in 2000-01. The 2000-01 Cowboys, who won 19 of their last 20 games before losing the Southland Conference championship game by a point, earned the school's first postseason bid in 12 years when they accepted a bid to the NIT.
A proponent of up-tempo basketball, Everhart saw his McNeese State teams led the Southland Conference in scoring twice and field goal percentage three times. At Northeastern, his Huskies led the America East Conference in scoring for three consecutive seasons from 2002-03 through 2004-05. He continued that stretch as his 2005-06 Huskies led the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring with a 75.2 ppg.
Everhart, who was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 2000-01 and America East Coach of the Year in 2004-05, has produced at least one first team all-conference player in nine of his 12 seasons as a head coach. He had at least one all-rookie team player in four of five seasons at Northeastern.
Prior to accepting the head coaching job at McNeese State, Everhart spent six seasons as an assistant under Perry Clark at Tulane. While at Tulane, Everhart recruited three-straight Metro Conference Freshman of the Year award-winners and accompanied the Green Wave to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1991-92 and 1992-93.
A 1985 graduate of Virginia Tech, Everhart got his start as a college coach as a graduate assistant for Bobby Cremins' 1985-86 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team. He then moved on to Virginia Military Institute for two seasons (1986-87 and 1987-88) before arriving at Tulane.
Everhart played his final season prep basketball for the legendary Morgan Wootten at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. where he earned first team Catholic Prep All-America honors. Prior to attending DeMatha, Everhart was a basketball and baseball letterman at his hometown Fairmont West High.
Everhart was a four-year letterman at Virginia Tech and served as captain of the Hokies 1984-85 NCAA Tournament team.
Everhart and his wife, Mirchana, who was born and raised in Grafton, West Virginia, are the parents of twins Ronnie and Gianna (7).
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