SJC Welcomes New Basketball Head Coaches

May 16, 2013

Saint Joseph's College has hired Tom Church and Steve Harold to helm the men's and women's basketball teams. Church takes over for the men while Harold will lead the women.

Coach Church makes his return to SJC after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Florida Southern College. Before his three years at FSC, Church was an assistant coach for the Pumas 2007-2010.

In his three seasons at FSC, the Moccasins were 70-25 with Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championships in 2012 and 2013. The Moccasins made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament all three years and won the South Regional to advance to the Division II Elite Eight last season.

"My goal is to create a winning environment on the court, in the classroom, and in the community," said Church. "I plan to instill the values of SJC into the student-athletes and make the city, students, employees, and alumni proud of this program."

In Church's three years with SJC, the Pumas held a 53-37 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2010. In 2010, the Pumas won the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) North Division and won three straight games as the eighth seed in the Midwest Regional to advance to the Division II Elite Eight.

Harold comes to SJC after a successful six seasons at Drury University, where his squads compiled a 129-52 record, including an 81-27 mark in the GLVC. The Lady Panthers won two GLVC titles (2008, 2010) in Harold's tenure while capturing at least a share of the GLVC West title four times in six years. Drury qualified for the NCAA Tournament in Harold's first five seasons in Springfield, Mo., advancing as far as the Sweet 16 during the 2009-10 season.

"I am excited to lay a foundation and guide women's basketball to new heights at SJC," said Harold. "Community service is an important component in the groundwork of a successful team. I want the community to get to know the student-athletes on the team for the extraordinary young women that they are." Harold explained, "I want to create a culture backboned by work ethic and a winning attitude for the student-athletes. I will demand success on the court and in the classroom."

Last season, Harold's team led the nation in grade-point-average.

Prior to his tenure at Drury, Harold had a 262-107 record in 12 seasons at Glenville State College in Glenville, W. Va. That includes a 33-3 mark - the best mark in school history - and an NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 2006-07, where the Lady Pioneers fell to UC San Diego in the quarterfinals to complete their sixth straight NCAA Tournament trip. After the season, Harold was honored as the Division II National Coach of the Year.

Harold's Lady Pioneers were a combined 63-6 his last two seasons and posted 20 wins or more eight times, winning West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) championships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007 to go with three WVIAC tournament titles.

"I am happy to return to a close-knit community in Rensselaer," said Harold. "I was reminded of Glenville when I first visited SJC, and I feel like I am returning to my roots."

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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