OSWEGO — On Monday, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) released its New York Hoop Report that included postseason honors for coaches and players from the high school and college ranks. For the third time in his career, Oswego State men’s basketball coach Jason Leone was named BCANY’s Division III Coach of the Year. Laker big man Tyler Pierre was also recognized, earning one of just 10 spots on BCANY’s 2018-19 All-Upstate Team.
Pierre joins Brian Sortino, Hayden Ward and Chad Burridge as Oswego State players to make the exclusive All-Upstate Team in the past decade. The center had one of the most efficient seasons of any player in the country, shooting 66.8 pecent from the field, the fifth-best mark in Division III. He was also a menace on the boards, ranking 23rd nationally in offensive rebounds per game (3.77) and 31st in total rebounds (274). The Deer Park native combined his offensive efficiency and rebounding dominance to hold the 33rd-most double-doubles in Division III (13).
Leone adds to his mantle, as BCANY also named him its 2016 and 2012 Division III Coach of the Year. During the 2018-19 campaign, the Laker head coach guided Oswego State to regular season and tournament titles in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), clinching the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. In Oswego State’s fifth national tournament appearance in Leone’s eight seasons at the helm, the Lakers advanced to the Round of 16 for the second time. Both Sweet 16 appearances have occurred under Leone’s watch — each coming in the last four seasons — and is tied as the furthest postseason run in program history. Leone was one of 15 Division III coaches to be a finalist for the Glenn Robinson Award (National Coach of the Year) and was named East District Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Leone returns 12 to the Laker roster for the 2019-20 campaign, including All-Conference honorees Liam Sanborn and Brandan Gartland, as Oswego State looks to continue its postseason success.