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Hostos Athletic Department Announces the Hiring of Coach Jody King, Ph.D. for the Head Men's Basketball Program

Monday, October 24, 2011 (Bronx, NY)- The steady progress of the Hostos Athletic Department signals the unwavering commitment of Athletic Director, Carol Kashow of bringing Hostos student-athletes to the foreground of inter-collegiate competition. For this reason the department is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Jody King, Ph.D., as the new Head Coach for Athletics and for the Men’s Basketball Program.

Dr. King holds a doctorate in Developmental Psychology with a Specialization in Risk and Resilience among At-Risk Urban Youth from Yeshiva University. Currently, Dr. King is an Applied Behavior Science Specialist/Psychologist for Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State. Additionally, Dr. King lectures about psychology at Westchester Community College, Farmingdale State College, and the College of New Rochelle. He comes to Hostos with scores of experience and willingness to instill athletic dexterity and academic distinction to young adults.

"The opportunity to lead the Hostos Men's Basketball Program will be a rewarding challenge.  There are not too many coaching positions in the region that offer the staff and student support services that Hostos does.  Coupled with the opportunity to restore the known tradition that is Hostos Basketball makes being the Head Coach at Hostos special and unique. I am proud to be a new member of the Hostos community and a Caiman," indicated Dr. Jody King, Ph.D.

Last year, Dr. King was a Regional reporter for D3Hoops.com providing weekly on-air commentary for the “Hoopsville” internet show and game commentator for NCAA Division 3 Basketball. His color commentary for Regional Games on D3Hoops.com provided a voice for the Skyline Conference, NJAC, Empire 8, and the NCAA Division III Tournament.

As the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at SUNY Maritime College, Dr. King, led a remarkable resurgence within the basketball program in just three seasons. He left Maritime with a career NCAA record of 47-35, more than doubling the win total in the five years combined before his program arrived. Additionally, the program is one of the most successful by winning percentage in school history. The basis of the program; strong academic progress and community service was met with non-stop energy on the basketball court. The program averaged close to 16 wins per season, appeared in 3 consecutive NCAA Skyline Conference Tournament Semi-Finals and the ECAC Post Season Tournament in 2008-09 for the second time in college history. The 2009-10 season was met with the most single seasons wins at Maritime (19).

His coaching track record includes time at SUNY-Maritime College (2007-2010); Farmingdale State College (2006-2007); Yeshiva University (2005-2006, 2000-2002); Tilden High School [Brooklyn, NY] (2003-2005); and Southern Vermont College (2002-2003).

About the Athletic Department
In 2001, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the funding for athletics at Hostos Community College. History was made the following year when Hostos established the Office of Athletics. Shortly after, the Caiman became the college’s athletic logo. Three sports were launched: Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s Basketball. A year later, Women’s Basketball was added and in their first year the team won a CUNY Athletics Conference Title.

In 2005, the Men’s Basketball team earned a trip to the NJCAA Division III Championship and became the first community college in New York City history to win a national title. Also in 2005, the Lady Caimans in Women’s Basketball won their fourth straight conference title, Women’s Volleyball picked up its first conference championship, and Men’s Soccer took home the NJCAA Sportsmanship Award.

By 2010 Hostos athletes demonstrated academic prowess. The Women’s Basketball team had an NJCAA All-American and NJCAA Academic All-Region and in Men’s Soccer a student-athlete received the NJCAA Academic All-American award.

Hostos Athletics, recreation, and intramurals continue to provide students with opportunities to grow through physical and mental development by supplementing higher education through competition, social interaction, and sportsmanship. www.HostosAthletics.com

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves nearly 7,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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