INTERIM TAG REMOVED: Boateng named Head Basketball Coach at CCNY

Spencer Boateng, interim men’s basketball coach at The City College of New York, has been named head coach of the program in a full capacity. His appointment was announced by CCNY Interim Director of Athletics Steve Macias.

“I’m pleased to announce that Spencer will be taking over the reins of the CCNY men’s basketball program,” said Macias. “Spencer did an excellent job this year, recruiting, coaching, and rebuilding the program while representing City College in a positive manner. We look forward to Spencer leading our basketball program now and in the future.”

Boateng has been with the CCNY men’s basketball program for the last three seasons, serving as the interim head coach since the fall of 2020. Due to the COVID pandemic, CCNY did not compete in 2020-21.

“I am beyond humbled to have the opportunity to lead this historic program,” Boateng said. ” As a first-generation American from the Bronx, born to Ghanaian parents, coaching at CCNY is fitting. CCNY has always been a hub for individuals who embody the pursuit of the American dream, and being a collegiate head coach has always been a dream of mine. I would like to thank President Boudreau and our interim  athletic director, Steve Macias, for believing in my vision for this program. The leadership at CCNY gives me great resolve that a special experience for current and future student-athletes is on the horizon.I look forward to helping cultivate a first-class organization, but more importantly, first-class student-athletes!”

During the 2021-22 campaign, Boateng guided the Beavers to a 7-17 overall record, their best finish in four seasons, leading the team to their first postseason appearance since 2017. Two Beavers earned postseason recognition, with Yassine Sakhi earning CUNYAC Second-Team All-Conference honors, while Dashaun Galloway was selected to the league’s All-Sportsmanship Team.

In his first season at CCNY, his primary duties were on and off-court player development, scouting, game planning, and recruiting. That season, CCNY’s Yassine Sakhi was named the CUNYAC and Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year.

Before CCNY, Boateng spent one season at Manhattanville College as an assistant coach, helping lead the Valiants to an 11-14 overall record. With the Valiants, he helped lead recruiting efforts and on-court development. Boateng was also instrumental in the development of Sean Smith, who was named the 2018-19 MAC Freedom Player of the Year and earned All-Atlantic, ECAC, and NABC postseason honors.

Boateng is the founder and director of the AAU travel program, We Got Next, based out of New York City. Additionally, he has coached in numerous camps and clinics throughout the New York Metro area. 

Boateng graduated from Iona College in 2016, earning a degree in Business Management. At Iona, he served as a team manager for the men’s basketball program before making the team as a walk-on in 2012-13. With the Gaels, he was part of the team that won a MAAC championship in 2013 and earned an NCAA tournament berth.

Boateng played at Salesian High School, winning back-to-back CHSAA City Championships (2010-11) and the 2011 CHSAA State Championship. Later, as an assistant coach of the varsity boys team, he helped lead Salesian to a CHSAA State Championship in 2016.

Boateng resides in Edgewater, NJ, with his wife, Erica.

Story Courtesy: Sebastian Bush, Assistant AD/Communications and Sports Information

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