SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna's head men's basketball coach Frank Marcinek has announced the hiring of Don Friday as his new assistant coach, announced on Monday.
Friday comes to SU from Division I St. Francis (Pa.) where he was the head coach from 2008-12. He led the Red Flash to the Northeast Conference (NEC) playoffs in 2010 and 2011, the program's first playoff berth since 2005.
"I look forward to having Don become a vital part of our program," Marcinek stated. "He did a great job at Lycoming and St. Francis and brings a strong work ethic along with invaluable coaching and recruiting experience. He has recruiting contacts throughout the entire country which will certainly benefit our program."
Friday was also the head coach at Lycoming from 2003-08 where he led the Warriors to the 2008 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth regular season title and was subsequently named the Coach of the Year that season.
He was also named the MAC Coach of the Year in 2006 and led the 2004 squad to the MAC Freedom Conference Tournament title. His 2004 team was ranked first in the conference in defensive field goal percentage and second in all of Division III in rebounding.
Friday also had stints at Bucknell (1994-2003) and Lebanon Valley (1989-94), where he was an assistant on the 1994 DIII national champion Lebanon Valley team.
"I have known Don since his days at Lebanon Valley and have the utmost respect for him and how he goes about conducting business," Marcinek continued. "He was a big part of Pat Flannery's staff at LVC as they won the DIII national title and was with Pat at Bucknell when they took the program to a national level."
Friday graduated from Lebanon Valley with a MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Management. He currently resides in Ebensburg, Pa.