Rider hoops coach to become AD
Lawrenceville, NJ (Sports Network) – Rider basketball coach Don Harnum has
decided to step aside for the 2005-06 season to become the full-time interim
athletic director in the wake of Curtis Blake’s retirement.
The move will become effective September 1.
Harnum has been the head coach at Rider for the past eight years and is
expected to return to those duties once a permanent athletic director is
selected. The university expects to fill that position by the end of the
2005-06 academic year.
“I am delighted that Don has agreed to serve in this capacity during this
transitional period,” said university president Mordechai Rozanski. “His
leadership of the men’s basketball program and his commitment to his student-
athletes and the institution augur well for athletics at Rider. He has my full
confidence and support and I know that the Rider community will offer its
support of Don as well.
“It is Don’s intent to return to his head coaching position once a permanent
director has been named.”
Harnum has a record of 127-104 during his tenure at Rider, including a 19-11
mark last season when the Broncs lost in the championship game of the Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
“It was a difficult decision because I have enjoyed coaching college
basketball for 18 straight years,” said Harnum, who was an assistant at Rider
for eight seasons before taking over as head coach. “I feel very good about
the overall strength of the basketball program. I look forward to the
challenge of serving in this administrative capacity until the position is
Harnum has recommended assistant Tommy Dempsey as his replacement to guide the
basketball team for next season. The school said a final decision will be made