Ongley named Assistant Basketball Coach at Dartmouth

Dartmouth men’s basketball head coach David McLaughlin announced the hiring of Steve Ongley as an assistant coach. Ongley comes to Dartmouth after spending the past season on the coaching staff at Columbia.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join our Dartmouth basketball family,” McLaughlin said. “Beyond being a person of high character and having a terrific work ethic, Steve prides himself in building relationships on and off of the court. His past experience in the Ivy League as well as the NESCAC will help in our national and international recruiting efforts. Steve is a great communicator, thorough and creative in his teaching and recruiting, and truly values what Dartmouth is all about!”

During his year at Columbia, Ongley coached the forwards and centers, helping Patrick Tapé improve from 4.4 to 11.3 points per game while ranking third in the conference in field goal percentage (.667) as he earned All-Ivy League honorable mention. Although the Lions finished 10-18 overall and 5-9 in the league standings, they ended the season in strong fashion by winning four of their last six contests, including victories on the road at Penn and the eventual Ivy League champion, Yale.

Ongley arrived at Columbia after a four-year stint as an assistant at Colby College — McLaughlin’s alma mater — in Waterville, Maine. Among his duties during his tenure with the Mules were recruiting coordinator, scheduling, team travel coordinator, player development for practices (specifically with forwards and centers), film breakdown, scouting reports and statistical analysis. Two of his big men scored over 1,000 points in their careers, one of whom was named All-NESCAC while the other led Division III in 3-point field goal percentage.

Between his stints at Colby and Columbia, Ongley served as the video coordinator at Boston University. He also coached at the prep level at Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Connecticut, from 2007-14. In addition, he has worked as a coach at the Dartmouth Elite Camps the previous four summers.

“I’m incredibly humbled and proud to be a part of the Dartmouth men’s basketball program and a member of the Big Green,” Ongley said. “I’ve long admired Coach McLaughlin from afar, and I look forward to getting to work with him and his staff, as well as the student athletes at Dartmouth.”

Ongley graduated from Southern Connecticut State with a history degree before earning his master’s of education from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. He spent two years at Colby-Sawyer College down the road in New London, New Hampshire, helping the Chargers to a Commonwealth Coast Conference title as a rookie and making the Athletic Academic Honor Roll both years.

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