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Jon Furbush '05 enters his 10th season as head coach of the Bates College men’s basketball team in 2017-18, with a 119-109 overall record and seven NESCAC Championship tournament appearances through nine seasons, including three appearances in the NESCAC semifinals.
In the 2014-15 season, Furbush led the Bobcats to their most victories in program history (21) and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament (second overall, after the 1960-61 NCAA College Division Tournament team). The Bobcats were 19-5 in the regular season while playing the second most competitive schedule in Division III, in terms of opponents' aggregate winning percentage. They finished in third place in the NESCAC with a 7-3 conference record. Furbush was named 2014-15 Maine Coach of the Year by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association.
Furbush has produced three 1,000 point scorers (Graham Safford '15, Mike Boornazian '16, Marcus Delpeche '17). Two players (Marcus and Malcolm Delpeche '17) have signed pro contracts in Germany.
In his first season, during which Furbush was the youngest head men’s basketball coach in the NCAA, the Bobcats posted a 13-12 campaign and made an appearance in the quarterfinals of the 2009 NESCAC Championships. In his second year, Furbush led Bates to a 14-12 record, and the Bobcats advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 NESCAC Championships.
Furbush was named the new men’s basketball coach at Bates after the 2007-08 season, succeeding his former coach, Joe Reilly. Furbush, a 2005 Bates graduate and native of South Portland, Maine, became the college’s 21st head men’s basketball coach.
Furbush was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Springfield College in 2007-08 and held the same position for two seasons at Bates after graduating with a degree in American cultural studies. Furbush has a masters degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University Irvine. He currently resides in South Portland with his wife, Rachael, and two children Anabelle and Jonathan.
“I strive to use basketball as an extension of the classroom, preparing our student-athletes for the next step in life,” says Furbush. “The players in my program will all be respectful and valuable members of the Bates community and will take pride in striving towards excellence on the court and in the classroom.”
Assistant Coach/Assistant Athletic Director
Tommy Verdell enters his fourth season overall as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Bates College in 2017-18. Coach Verdell assists in all aspects of the Bobcat basketball program, including game management, practices, scouting, and recruiting. He spent two years with Bates on the sidelines in 2011-12 and 2012-13 before taking a position at Johnson State College. He returned to Bates as an Assistant Athletic Director in 2015 and made his return to the sidelines last season.
At Johnson State College, Tommy served as the Head Men's Basketball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director. In his dual role, he was responsible for directing all aspects with the men's basketball program, and all NCAA Division III compliance-related issues for the college's 13 varsity teams, their student athletes and coaches. In his role he provided educational programming for coaches and administrators, and for scheduling contests and practices in alignment with NCAA, North Atlantic Conference and college guidelines.
At Bates, Verdell serves as an Assistant Athletic Director and oversees all aspects of ensuring compliance with NCAA, NESCAC and Bates College policies, while also assisting more broadly with the daily operations of the department.
Coach Verdell has experience at all levels of basketball. He served as an assistant coach for the Springfield Armor of the NBA Developmental League for Head Coach and former Boston Celtic Dee Brown. Alongside coaches Dee Brown and Kevin Whitted, Tommy helped develop Armor players including former Division I First Team All-American Scottie Reynolds and Philadelphia 76er Craig Brackins. He also has extensive experiences working with other professional and college players with their off-season skill development.
Coach Verdell has vast camp experiences both here and abroad. He has worked at the Hoop Mountain, Hoop Group, and Five Star basketball camps throughout the U.S., as well as other showcase events. Internationally, he has worked several camps in Beijing, China, for Five Star Basketball, as well as conducting coaching clinics in Beijing as well.
The native New Yorker is known for his relentless and tireless dedication to recruiting as well as his energy, passion, professionalism, and commitment to teaching the game of basketball. He graduated from UMass with a bachelor’s degree in coaching and is currently working towards completing his master's degree in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia University Irvine. Coach Verdell resides in Lewiston with his wife Kristin, their four year old son Trace, and their daughter Macy who turns one in late September.
Morin played four years of varsity basketball at Salem State in Salem, Mass. and was team captain as a senior. Morin was part of teams that went on to win three MASCAC regular season titles, along with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012.
Prior to coming to Bates, Morin was an assistant coach at Colby-Sawyer, Bradford Christian Academy in Haverhill, Mass., as well as a Graduate Assistant at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. Morin is also involved in numerous summer camps throughout the country including Hoop Mountain, Snow Valley Basketball School, The Academic All American Camp, and various New England Recruiting Report events.