Terrell Stokes has been named as the new Head Men’s Basketball Coach at D2 Cheney University (PA).
A former standout at Maryland, Stokes had been an assistant at the University of District of Columbia since 2009. He also worked as an assistant at Loyola (MD), and Elizabeth City State.
“Cheyney is a perfect fit to bring my coaching experience to a university that prides itself on history and culture, while looking to strengthen an athletic program that can support the academic growth it is currently experiencing,” Stokes said in a statement. “A critical part of building a team is defining and developing a representative set of core values such as hard work, dedication to the team, respect of the game, a competitive spirit and high character. Teams that possess these core values will establish a culture that will be the bedrock of a highly successful program for years to come.”
During his time playing for Gary Williams at Maryland (1995-99), Stokes was a three-year starting point who helped lead the Terps to two Sweet Sixteen Tournament appearances. While at Maryland, he was named All-ACC honorable mention as a senior, was a team captain, and currently holds the school record for assists in one game with 15. Coach Stokes is a graduate of Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Coach Stokes chose Cheyney as the next step in his professional career and to lead our young men back onto the court this season,” said Cheyney president Aaron A. Walton in a statement. “he places a high value on players being students first and creates an environment where academic staff and instructors ensure student athletes are progressing toward their degree. We look forward to his continued success with us and providing academic guidance to our students on and off the court.”
“It is a great honor to return to my hometown and bring my coaching and playing experience to Cheyney,” Stokes said in a statement. “Since playing at Gratz, I’ve learned that players must take responsibility for their individual performance, work habits and commitment to the team and the institution. As a coach, I will provide the team with the leadership, training and education necessary to achieve these goals.”