Former Pitt-Greensburg coaches Strickland, Williams, land head coaching jobs elsewhere
A pair of former Pitt-Greensburg coaches landed lead positions at new programs.
Sean Strickland, who led the UPG men’s basketball team for seven years before a two-year stint as women’s associate head coach at Penn State Beaver, is the new associate head coach of the women’s program at Muskingum in Ohio.
Anthony Williams, meantime, UPG’s head baseball coach for five years — a tenure in which he collected 100 wins — was named head baseball coach at Frostburg State, a former AMCC foe of UPG.
Strickland, who runs Strick Hoops, a basketball skills training program, led Penn State Beaver to an 18-0 mark in the PSUAC and a spot in the USCAA Division II national tournament. At Muskingum, he reunites with an old friend: Erin Eaton, the former UPG head women’s coach who also had a seven-year tenure in Greensburg.
Eaton, who also coached at Catholic University and Baldwin Wallace, led the Bobcats to five straight AMCC playoff trips, including a conference title in 2015.
At UPG, Strickland led the high-scoring Bobcat men (81.8) to the NCAA Division III Tournament and an AMCC title in 2016.
Strickland was a standout at Penn State Beaver where he scored over 1,000 points in two years and set single-game records for points (46), assists (12) and 3-pointers (8).
Williams was an assistant at Frostburg in 2009 and ’10. For the last two years, he was the head coach at Clarion, which won 19 games this past season.
At UPG, he led the Bobcats to their first winning season, in 2012, and broke single-season win records in 2014 and ’15. The team made five straight AMCC tournament trips and reached the title game in ’14.
Williams also managed the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer league and worked as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ video advance scouting department from 2011-15.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .