Maurice Kearney has been hired as an assistant coach of New York University’s men’s basketball team, becoming the second addition to Head Coach Dave Klatsky‘s staff.
Kearney comes to NYU after working in multiple capacities at SUNY Cortland since 2014. He was an assistant coach of the Red Dragons’ men’s basketball team from 2014-18 and served as Associate Head Coach from 2018-22. Kearney also worked as an admissions advisor at the University from 2015-20 and was promoted to Senior Admissions Advisor at the start of 2020.
Kearney assisted in all facets of the program while at Cortland, including recruiting, on-court instruction, scouting, budgeting, and compliance. After being promoted to Associate Head Coach, Kearney took on the role of recruiting coordinator and became heavily involved in player development and fundraising.
“I’m very excited to welcome Mo to the NYU family,” Klatsky said. “He has an infectious personality and is someone that clicks with whomever he is around. Mo was given a lot of responsibility at Cortland and will bring those experiences south to NYC and help our players both on and off the court. I am confident he will be a key cog in helping NYU get to the top of the UAA.”
A highlight of Kearney’s time with the Red Dragons basketball program was his recruitment of Austin Grunder, who earned the program’s first-ever conference and regional Rookie of the Year awards while being named an All-American by the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) and D3hoops.com.
Within the Cortland Admissions Office, Kearney reviewed and processed freshmen applications in a database of 12,000 applicants and followed the school’s criteria to make admissions decisions. As a senior admissions advisor, he also served as a liaison to the athletics department, led the Educational Opportunity Program, assisted with the marketing and communications of the office and managed over 100 partnerships with secondary schools and community organizations in the region.
“I am very thankful to have been recognized by Stuart Robinson, Janice Quinn and Dave Klatsky as someone they feel can come in and assist with giving the student-athletes a first-class experience both on and off the court,” Kearney said. “Saying that I am excited to join the staff would be an understatement. I cannot wait to get to work with the players and help them attack their everyday goals.”
A member of the NABC and Basketball Coaches Association of New York since 2015, Kearney earned both of his degrees from Cortland, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 2015 and a Master’s of Science in Health Education in 2019.
A native of Uniondale, NY, Kearney resides in Westchester, NY.