Head Coach Greg Herenda and the Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball program formally announced the appointment of Darius Stokes as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations for the upcoming season.
Stokes, who played four seasons at the University of Iowa before graduate transferring to Fairleigh Dickinson for the 2014-15 season, rejoins the Knights now as a member of Herenda’s staff.
“I am so proud and happy to have Darius join our staff,” said Herenda. “Darius was an integral part of our rebuilding process as a student-athlete and now he will continue that tradition as a part of my staff.”
In addition to his college career, Stokes also played one season of professional basketball in Spain before returning to Iowa as an administrative assistant to the basketball program.
On the Knights’ newest addition, Stokes’ coach at Iowa, Fran McCaffrey said, “Darius is thrilled for the opportunity to join the basketball staff at FDU. He loved his playing experience and has tremendous respect for coach Herenda. He is smart, with an outstanding work ethic and I have no doubt that he will help bring many winning seasons to the FDU program.”
In his graduate season with the Knights, the 6’7″ forward started 28 of the team’s 29 games averaging 3.1 points and 3.3 rebounds on 51.3 percent shooting.
Stokes, who graduated from Iowa with a degree in Health and Human Physiology and earned his Master’s of Sports Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson, comes from a tremendous basketball family. His father Greg had a great career at Iowa and was drafted in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Stokes’ sister Kiah was a three-time National Champion at UConn and is currently a member of the WNBA’s New York Liberty.
Herenda continued, “Darius exemplifies everything that our current players should look up to. He has his undergraduate degree and his masters and his coaching career is in front of him.”
The Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball season officially tips off November 10 when they travel to Newark, New Jersey to take on Seton Hall at the Prudential Center.