PSU Greater Allegheny names Care men's basketball coach
At 24, Tyler Care is among the youngest head coaches in college basketball after Penn State Greater Allegheny named the former junior college coach to lead its men's program.
He succeeds Clyde Manns as part of a reshuffling of the school's athletic department, announced Tuesday.
Care, a Hopewell native who attended Lincoln Park Charter School, says he's ready for the challenge, having already spent time around programs in the Penn State University Athletic Conference as a four-year guard at Penn State Beaver, where his teams won three conference titles and reached the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II championship game in 2011.
Following his playing days at Penn State Beaver, Care spent one year each as associate coach at NJCAA Division II Community College of Beaver County and as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division II Cal (Pa.).
“I loved my time at Cal U last season. It was a wonderful experience,” he said. “When the opportunity at Greater Allegheny came about, I was excited because I'm familiar with the league, and I just wanted to jump in and duplicate the success we had at Beaver.
“We have a great core group of guys coming back.”
Three starters return from a 9-17 team (8-9 PSUAC), led by senior guard Petrie Addison, who averaged 24.5 points per game.
The departure of director Jim Chester has created a domino effect in the PSUGA athletic department. Chester left the dual position of AD and baseball coach to take a job Aug. 15 as baseball coach at Lock Haven.
PSUGA also announced that assistant athletic director and women's volleyball coach Tracy Gibbs has moved into a position of interim athletic director, filling the vacancy created by Chester's departure.
Sports information director Amanda Baldinger will take on added duties as an assistant AD and well as coach of the women's soccer program, and Missy Baldwin has been named women's assistant soccer coach.
Also, assistant baseball coach Eric Kuczma has been elevated to interim baseball coach — succeeding Chester, who led PSUGA to three PSUAC Tournament championships and one USCAA Small College World Series runner-up — and Jen Smith remains as women's softball coach following the resignation of co-coach Amanda Maksin.
Gibbs said she's looking forward to taking the athletic department reigns, even on the interim basis.
“There is so much potential at Greater Allegheny,” she said. “With well over 100 athletes on campus, there's really a buzz about our programs (from) the players and coaches.”
The first scheduled regular-season event at PSUGA this season involves Gibb's women's volleyball team on Friday in the USCAA Preseason Invitational at Penn State Beaver.
PSUGA will face Rochester at 5 p.m., Penn State Beaver at 6 p.m. and Alfred State at 7 p.m. to kick off the two-day event that concludes Saturday.
Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com.