Head Coach Greg Herenda and the Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball program announced the addition of Patrick Sellers as Assistant Coach on Monday morning.
Sellers joins the Knights after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at DePaul on head coach Dave Leitao’s staff.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Coach Sellers’ coaching acumen and experience to join us here at Fairleigh Dickinson University,” said Herenda. “Pat will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff and our athletic department.”
Sellers arrived at DePaul in April of 2015 after spending two years as an assistant coach at Creighton. His roots within the Northeast Conference trace back to 1991 when he graduated from Central Connecticut State after an illustrious career with the Blue Devils.
Along the way, Sellers’ resume boasts coaching stops at Central Connecticut State (1999-03), Massachusetts (2003-04), Connecticut (2004-10) and Hofstra (2011-13).
In his first season on the DePaul staff, Sellers assisted Leitao in laying the foundation for sustained future success in the program. The Blue Demons recorded a pair of wins over ranked opponents including DePaul’s highest-ranked win since Dec. 2006 with a victory over No. 11 Providence. Off the court, the team placed an impressive 11 players on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and was honored with the NABC’s Team Academic Excellence Award. Individually, Eli Cain was named to the BIG EAST’s All-Freshman Team.
In his two seasons in Omaha, Sellers helped the Bluejays transition into the BIG EAST Conference while the Bluejays lead the nation in three-pointers made, three-point percentage and assist/turnover ratio in his first season led by National Player of the Year – and current New York Knick – Doug McDermott.
Before his arrival in Omaha, Sellers spent the two seasons as an assistant coach at Hofstra. In his second season with the Pride, Sellers was named the program’s interim head coach before accepting the position on the Creighton staff.
While at UConn, Sellers was instrumental in recruiting players such as Jeremy Lamb, Tyler Olander, Shabazz Napier and Roscoe Smith who helped form the nucleus of the 2011 and 2014 national champions. His primary on-court responsibility was working with Connecticut’s frontcourt, including future NBA players Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien.
Sellers, who was a team captain and named East Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1991 after leading CCSU in rebounding, graduated from the University in 1991 with a degree in accounting.
Following college, the South Carolina native played professionally in the British Basketball League for three seasons before returning to the U.S. to begin his coaching career.
Herenda added, “Pat’s recruiting tentacles reach extremely far and wide but ultimately he will be a tremendous teacher and exemplary role model for all of our student-athletes. Our players will benefit from his presence immediately.”
The Knights open the 2017-18 season on Friday, November 10 against Seton Hall at the Prudential Center.