Begly named Head Basketball Coach at D3 Washington College

Washington College Athletic Director Thad Moore has named Corey Begly the new head coach for the Shoremen basketball program. 

“I am thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to be the head men’s basketball coach at Washington College,” Begly said. “I’d like to thank Director of Athletics Thad Moore, Assistant Director Kim Lessard, and the entire search committee for their belief in our shared vision for a new and exciting era of Washington College men’s basketball.”

“We couldn’t be happier welcoming Corey to our department,” expressed Moore. “The committee and I were very impressed with Corey’s vision for our program and the steps he laid out on how he plans to achieve it.  His engaging personality and thoughtful conversations will be an immediate impact on our entire college community.  Please join me in welcoming him to our family.”

Begly comes to Chestertown after serving as an assistant coach under Tim Sweeney at Connecticut College since 2019. He served as the lead assistant and defensive coordinator for the Camels for four seasons. 

This past season, the Camels achieved their best NESCAC record since 2001-2002 which paved way for the program’s first NESCAC quarterfinal appearance since 2011. The Camels also notched a victory over a top ten opponent (Middlebury) for the first time in 20 years. Begly’s efforts on the defensive side of the ball led the team to the second-best defensive ranking in the conference and a top 30 ranking in the nation. Begly also spearheaded the recruiting efforts for the Camels, bringing in talent from throughout New England and players from Tennessee, New Zealand the U.K. to the program. 

Begly arrived at Connecticut College from St. Lawrence University, where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach after lettering with the program from 20018-12. As an assistant for the Saints, he served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and recruited two Liberty League rookies of the year in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. His six-member recruiting class of 2022 also helped the team post an 11-win improvement in the 2018-19 season. St. Lawrence advanced to the semifinal round of the 2019 Liberty League Tournament. Begley, along with his colleagues, were collectively recognized as the 2019 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year.

Prior to rejoining his alma-mater, coach Begly served as the head coach of the boys’ varsity basketball team at Hyde School in Bath, Maine for four years. He accumulated a 58-20 record and piloted the program’s transition from the smallest public school league in Maine to the NEPSCAC (New England Preparatory Athletic Council) Prep League. Begly earned 2016-17 NEPSCAC Class C Co-Coach of the Year after finishing the season with a 20-7 record, winning the league title, and advancing to the final four in his final year at the school.

Begly lettered with the St. Lawrence basketball program from 2008 to 2012 and was a member of the 2008-09 Saints team that advanced to the “Sweet 16” round of the NCAA Tournament. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history in 2012 as well as his master’s in educational leadership in 2019 from St. Lawrence. 

Coach Begly will serve as the 15th head coach of the Shoremen and is eager to get to the Eastern Shore and get things started. 

“I would like to recognize a few key people in my journey,” expressed Begly. “Special thanks to Connecticut College men’s basketball coach Tim Sweeney, St. Lawrence University men’s basketball coach Chris Downs, and my parents and siblings for their mentorship of and belief in me. Most importantly, thank you to my wife Meghan, who has been there every step of the way, and always is. We can’t wait to move to Chestertown and begin our time with the team and the community!”

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