The Washington Adventist University Athletics Department announces that Jerry McFarland has been promoted to head men’s basketball coach. McFarland has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the program and has been a vital component to the team’s success which included two NAIA National Tournament appearances (2019 & 2020), and in the 2019-20 season was instrumental in helping defeat two NCAA Division I teams (Howard University and Delaware St. University).
“I would first like to thank God for placing me in the Washington Adventist University community 4 years ago, he had a plan for me that I never imagined for myself. I must also thank Dr. Spence, Coach Crarey, and the entire Athletics Department for the opportunity to be impactful, teach and lead our next generation of leaders in the Men’s Basketball program. I can’t express how excited I am with the additional responsibility given to continue to grow the program left by Coach Crarey. We will daily pursue excellence on and off the court”
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Prior to coming to Washington Adventist University McFarland spent four years as the head boys basketball coach at Takoma Academy. During his time at Takoma Academy, he accomplished two 20 win seasons, three tournament championships, and two historic victories over national power Montrose Christian and Riverdale Baptist high schools. He has also spent time as an assistant on varsity and head JV coach at Coolidge, Riverdale Baptist, and Bishop Ireton while coaching AAU. His AAU career has allowed him to coach a number of current players overseas as well as current NBA players Rodney McGruder and Mike Beasley. He began his AAU career with the grassroots program D.C. Assault and most recently with Team Loaded (VA). He feels both AAU programs as well as his high school experiences have prepared him well for all aspects of collegiate coaching.
McFarland played for legendary Frostburg State University coach Webb Hatch at Marymount University (1987) and has his B.S. in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College.