Seton Hill College, which will become Seton Hill University on July 1st, named Anthony L. Morocco of Trafford, PA, as the institution’s first head men’s basketball coach. The team will compete in the NAIA Division II American Mideast Conference.

Morocco is presently recruiting for the team’s inaugural season in 2003-2004. The veteran coach’s career includes positions with Saint Francis College, the University of Iowa, Long Beach State University, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Saint Vincent College and most recently, Point Park College. In addition, he has coached professional teams including the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association and Arecibo of the Puerto Rican Superior League.

“I’m pleased to be coaching back in Westmoreland County and particularly at Seton Hill. My goal is to build a successful men’s team very early,” Morocco said, noting that he plans to recruit ambitious and academically talented students locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. “Seton Hill offers a world-class education—my role will be to recruit scholar athletes who will enhance our ability to compete. Seton Hill’s administration took a bold step to initiate the men’s basketball program and continues to make a tremendous commitment to athletics in general. The planned recreation complex best represents Seton Hill’s understanding of the importance of competitive athletics and lifetime wellness activities for students.”

Morocco wants his team to reach out to the community-at-large and plans for his new players to serve as Seton Hill ambassadors. Morocco commented, “Members of the team will work with younger players in area schools. Mentoring opportunities like these are critical to our youth and will help Seton Hill foster interest and enthusiasm for its team.”

Former head coach at the University of Arkansas, Lanny Van Eman, commented, “I have known Coach Morocco for more than thirty years and have had the good fortune to work with him at several NCAA Division I universities as well as in the professional ranks. He brings a host of valuable associations from the sports world. He is quite knowledgeable and is a seasoned tactician of the game of basketball.”

“We are delighted to have Coach Morocco join Seton Hill,” President JoAnne Boyle said. “He has received national and international accolades for his recruitment efforts and his ability to develop solid athletic programs. As Seton Hill continues to expand and enhance its athletic programs in a coeducational environment, I know that his talent and expertise will move us forward at a fast pace.”

Westmoreland County Commissioner, Tom Balya agrees that Morocco will be a tremendous asset to Seton Hill and said, “Coach Morocco’s appointment at Seton Hill is such exciting news for our area, especially for Greensburg and Hempfield Township. We are fortunate to have a premiere coach come in to recruit a premiere team for the region and this leading academic institution.”

For information about athletic programs at Seton Hill, please contact John Fogle, Athletic Director, at 724-838-4259.