Friday , Mar , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Lange named men’s basketball coach at Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD (Sports Network) – Billy Lange was named the 19th men’s head
basketball coach at the Naval Academy on Friday. Lange replaces Don DeVoe, who
retired following the 2003-04 campaign.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at what I believe is the
finest educational institution in the country,” said Lange. “The Naval Academy
possesses the best student-athletes in the nation and together we will create
a positive environment that is built on teamwork and respects the tradition of
the Academy and Navy Basketball.”

The 32-year-old Lange spent the last three seasons on Villanova’s coaching
staff. He played a major role in the daily operation of the men’s basketball
program, serving as both an assistant coach and coordinator of operations.

The Wildcats made it to the National Invitational Tournament in each of
Lange’s three years, reaching the quarterfinal round this season before losing
to Rutgers.

Lange was appointed head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in
1999 and guided his team to a 39-19 record in two seasons, while claiming two
Skyline Conference crowns and a berth in the 2001 NCAA Division III Sweet 16.

“Billy Lange is one of the great young basketball coaches in the country,”
said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “He was invaluable to us in everything
we’ve done to try and build our program at Villanova in one of the toughest
conferences in the country, the Big East.”

Navy finished last in the Patriot League this past season with a 5-23 record,
including a 2-12 mark in the conference.