Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bobby Hurley announced his coaching staff for the 2011-12 season on Monday. Joining Hurley, top assistant Brendan Twomey, and Michael Collins will be 2008 Stevens Institute of Technology graduate Waleed Farid and former Cornell University team captain Jonathan Jacques (Clifton, N.J.).
A two-year captain at Stevens, Farid led the Ducks to 46 wins in his final two seasons, one of which included a trip to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament. He graduated as the all-time leader in points, rebounds, and steals and was fifth in the Stevens record book in assists.
Jacques played 65 games during his Big Red career, shooting better than 43 percent from three-point range. As a senior captain, he averaged 6.7 points per game, shot 50 percent from the floor, and 81 percent from the free-throw line. His 45.2 three-point field-goal percentage in 2009-10 is fifth all-time in Cornell men’s basketball history.
Faird is currently employed at Equinox Fitness in New York City. He is certified by NASM as a Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist. He is also certified by Precision Nutrition as a Level 1 Nutrition Coach.
Jacques currently writes a college basketball blog for Slam Magazine called “Blue Chips” and has been published on several occasions in the monthly print magazine. From 2008-2010, he wrote for The Quad, the New York Times’ online college sports blog.
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