The Penn State Abington basketball program is excited to announce the addition of three experienced coaches to join Head Coach Jon Tanous’ staff. The new coaches include Mike Evans, Julian Falana, and Matthew Kittner with all bringing a multitude of experience with them. They will join Tanous who enters his third year as the head coach and D’Wayne Duncan who will begin his second year as an assistant.
Mike Evans arrives at Penn State Abington after 16 successful years as the Head Boys Basketball coach at Norristown High School. During his tenure at Norristown, he compiled a record of 288-74. Evans was named Times Herald Coach of the Year in 2009, 2012 and again in 2014. He was inducted into the Norristown Hall of Fame/ Hall of Champions in 2013. His 2009 team finished as PIAA District One champions. In 2008, Evans’ team finished as PIAA District One and State runners-up. Several of his teams were ranked in the top 10 in Suburban One for 10 consecutive years. Tanous shared his thoughts on Evans vast amount of experience.
“Mike brings years of successful coaching to our program. He values the process which shows in his coaching record, but even more so in the number of players he coached that went on to play in college. Mike’s understanding of the game, development of players, and head coaching experience will help the growth of our program and myself as a head coach”
Julian Falana arrives at Penn State Abington after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Arcadia University. In the 2015-16 season, the Knights hosted their first ever MAC Conference championship game.
Before his time at Arcadia, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Gwynedd Mercy University. His recruiting efforts came to fruition as Gwynedd Mercy won the CSAC Conference championship during the 2015-16 season and made the NCAA Tournament.
He started his career as an assistant coach at his high school and local powerhouse, Abington High School in 2010-11.
“Julian is well known around the region as a strong recruiter who develops strong relationships,” said Tanous. ” Almost every gym I went in to watch guys play during the last two years, I would see Julian. In addition to his recruiting ability, Julian brings a wealth of knowledge from being involved with two high-level programs. Julian is an educator on and off the court and his ability to motivate others beyond their potential will be invaluable to enhancing our program. ”
Matthew Kittner arrives at Penn State Abington after spending the previous seven seasons as the Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Bogota High School in New Jersey. During his time at Bogota, he was under the tutelage of head coach Jay Mahoney who has amassed 600+ wins and has the most wins of active head coaches in Bergen County in New Jersey.
He served as the Director of Basketball Operations for Fastbreak Sports in New York City from 2015 to 2017. Kittner created an educational basketball curriculum and directed coaches on proper execution of the plan. He was the lead instructor in classes, camps, and individual/group based training. During his time with the company he also coached multiple AAU teams.
“Matt brings an energy and passion for the game that is unmatched. He studies the game and is a great teacher in his ability to communicate with players to get the best out of them. Matt wants to learn and his attention to the details in all he does will help make our program better daily.”