#11 GW (10-20) at #6 Dayton (19-11) | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | UD Arena | 7 p.m.
GW (10-19, 5-10 A-10) at Dayton (18-11, 8-7 A-10) | Sat., March 3, 2012 | UD Arena | 12 p.m.
Hundreds of students put down their books Monday evening to attend the 26th annual Midnight Breakfast
Pete Strickland is in his third season as assistant coach for men's basketball at The George Washington University under head coach Mike Lonergan. Strickland came to GW in 2011 after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at NC State under Sidney Lowe.
"Pete is a well-respected basketball coaching veteran," said Coach Lonergan said. "It is a luxury to have someone of Pete's stature and experience on our staff, and I plan to lean on him for his insight and wisdom.
Strickland has 23 years of Division I coaching experience overall, including serving for seven years as a head coach at Coastal Carolina from 1999-05. He earned Big South Coach of the Year honors in 1999-00 and left CCU with the second-most career victories in school history. While at Coastal Carolina, Strickland helped produce three All-Americans. One of Strickland's players was the Big South Player of the Year three times in his last five years at Coastal, while three players made the All-Rookie Team, and two were named Rookie of the Year.
"It is a pleasure to join Mike Lonergan and his staff at GW," said Strickland. "I've admired the GW basketball program going back to my days in the A-10 at Dayton and as a player in the Eastern Eight at Pitt. With the staff Mike is assembling here, I'm very excited to be a part of what promises to be a bright future for Colonials Basketball. I am most excited, though, about joining Mike to learn from - and hopefully contribute to - his successful ways. As a head coach, Mike has earned success that few others in our profession have earned. It is energizing to be here in Foggy Bottom with such an accomplished coach and respected colleague."
Strickland's teams also excelled off the court, posting the highest graduation rate of any Division I football, baseball or basketball program in the state of South Carolina in 2004-05, according to NCAA statistics.
Strickland's 1999-00 squad was picked to finish at the bottom in their league in the preseason, but Strickland guided the Chanticleers to a third-place showing, earning league coach of the year honors for his efforts. That season, his squad ranked third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, and posted the ninth-most improved RPI in the nation.
Prior to his stint at Coastal Carolina, Strickland spent 10 seasons at three different Division I schools as an assistant coach including Atlantic 10 member Dayton from 1994-98. During his tenure at Dayton and Old Dominion (1992-94), he served as the top assistant to current DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell. He also spent three seasons on the staff at VMI (1989-91) under Joe Cantafio.
Dayton posted six victories over top-25 ranked opponents in Strickland's last two seasons with the program, with the 1998 squad winning the A-10 West Division regular season championship and advancing to the NIT's second round. At ODU, Strickland helped the Monarchs to three consecutive postseason tournaments, the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1992. The Monarchs posted a 42-18 record during the next two years and won back-to-back regular season titles.
A 1979 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Strickland completed his playing career ranked as the Panthers' all-time leader in assists. He ranks among Pitt's all-time leaders for single-game assists when he handed out 13 against Villanova in 1978. A four-year letterwinner at Pitt, he was a three-year starter and two-year captain. Strickland prepped at DeMatha High School where he played for Hall of Famer Morgan Wootten. As a senior in 1975, he helped lead the team to the D.C. City Championship and was named a first-team all-state performer.
Strickland and his wife, Mary Catherine, have been married 27 years and have three children: Meaghan, who lives in Chicago; Michael, who is an assistant men's basketball coach at Roanoke College; and Conor, a sophomore at Salisbury University.