OFFICIAL: Glynn named Head Basketball Coach at Rivier University first reported this one late yesterday afternoon (D3 DIRT). It’s now been made official. Here’s the release Rivier has issued on the hiring of Tom Glynn:

Rivier University and the Athletics Department have announced that Tom Glynn will be the next Head Men’s Basketball Coach. 

“I am thrilled to welcome Coach Glynn to the Rivier Athletics family,” said the Director of Athletics, Jonathan Harper, “His experience and success as a head coach for two outstanding programs have prepared him well for the next chapter of Rivier basketball. Coach Glynn is very familiar with the GNAC and is committed to the student-athlete experience built on leadership, accountability, and culture,” Harper concluded.

Glynn comes to Rivier after spending five seasons at Rhode Island College. Glynn’s career was highlighted by a third-place Little East finish in 2019-20. While with the Anchorman, Glynn consecutively recruited Region and Little East Rookie of the Years in Dante Law (2021) and Shion Darby (2020). He finished his time with RIC sporting a 52-56 record. 

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be the next head coach of the Rivier University men’s basketball program,” Glynn stated, “I want to thank Jonathan Harper and the entire search committee for this opportunity,” he continued, “Rivier is truly a special place, and I can’t wait to be a part of this great college community and work with the student-athletes.”

Before Rhode Island College, Glynn spent four seasons guiding the Nichols College men’s basketball program to the top of New England. Under Glynn’s watch, the Bison posted four-consecutive 20-win seasons and combined for a 94-20 record, which was good for a winning percentage of .825. Under his leadership, the Bison tied the program record for wins (25) in 2017-18 and captured their second-straight CCC Championship, earning Glynn the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season, as well as the CCC Coach of the Year. During the 2016-17 campaign, the Bison won the CCC Championship, advancing them to the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, where they defeated No. 11 Neumann University, earning their first tournament win in program history. 

Prior to Nichols, Glynn spent two seasons as the Associate Head Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he helped the Engineers to back-to-back 20-win seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. The Engineers were ranked No. 1 in the nation for five consecutive weeks during the 2012-13 campaign and topped the country in defense, holding opponents to just 54.9 ppg. They went on to capture both the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and tournament championship. In 2014-15, the Engineers were the No. 3-ranked team in the nation in rebounding margin, grabbing close to 10 more boards per contest than their opponent (9.5).

Glynn started his coaching career as an Assistant Coach at UMass Lowell, where he spent two seasons on the River Hawks bench. During that time, they were still a member of the Northeast-10. The River Hawks appeared in the national rankings and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons, with Glynn as a member of the coaching staff. 

A 2006 graduate of Springfield College with a bachelor of science degree in physical education, Glynn received his master’s degree in secondary physical education from Salem State in 2010. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and has spent time as an assistant boys basketball coach at the Cambridge School of Weston (2005-08) and Arlington High School (2008-10).

The Waltham, Mass. resident is an active summer camp clinician and lecturer for Hoop Mountain, Hoop Group, Five-Star, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Yale University, Brown University, Bentley University, Providence College, Boston College, and the Boston Celtics.

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