Mansfield men’s basketball has a new leader of their program that’s a familiar face.
The Mounties welcome veteran assistant John Szentesy as the new interim head coach for 2018-19. Szentesy replaces former head coach Pat Zipfel who left to pursue an opportunity with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves last week after three years with the program.
Szentesy has served as an assistant coach with Mountaineer men’s basketball since 2014, assisting in all aspects of the program. In his time at Mansfield, Szentesy helped coach five All-PSAC East selections including program all-time leading scorer Joe Bell.
He came to Mansfield University after coaching at Mansfield High School from 2007 to 2014. As an assistant coach with the Tigers, Szentesy helped the program capture three District IV medals including District and NTL titles in 2009. In that time, Mansfield qualified for Districts every season since 2007 except for two and won the 2013-14 NTL Small School Championship.
Szentesy got his start in coaching as a student-assistant with the Mansfield University men’s basketball program from 1994 to 1997. He was part of the 1996-97 team that won the PSAC East title before going on to win the PSAC Championship tournament at Decker Gymnasium. In that role, Szentesy worked under Head Coach Tom Ackerman who was named 1997 PSAC Coach of the Year.
The Mountaineers open the 2018-19 season at the Shaw University Tournament on Nov. 10-11.
(Information courtesy of Mansfield University Sports Information)