April 8, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Head Coach Jimmy Patsos announced today that Brian Blaney and Terrell Stokes will be joining his men's basketball staff as assistant coaches next season. Patsos, named Loyola College's head coach one week ago, brings in experienced help with Blaney from Stony Brook and Stokes, the former University of Maryland standout.
"I'm very happy to have Brian and Terrell on my staff," says Patsos. "With their connections up and down the East Coast, I'm excited to see what we can do."
A 1994 graduate of Roanoke College, Blaney was a point guard for the Maroons from 1991-1994. As a senior, he helped guide Roanoke to a 26-2 overall record and a berth to the 1994 NCAA Division III national tournament. Blaney led his team to an impressive 61-9 record in his four seasons at Roanoke, lifting the Maroons to a No. 4 national ranking his senior season.
"Loyola has everything you need to become successful," says Blaney. "It has great academics, a great location and they play in a very good league. Everyone else is successful here and I think we can be too."
Upon graduation, Blaney joined the men's basketball staff at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. for one season before moving on to Miami of Ohio in 1995. He joined the George Washington University basketball staff in 1996 and spent three seasons as an assistant with the Colonials before his appointment at Stony Brook.
"I've known Brian Blaney from his days at George Washington," says Patsos. "He's a great recruiter and he knows the game, just like Terrell Stokes, who I coached at Maryland. It's very exciting to work with people who know how to get it done."
Stokes, a Philadelphia, Pa. native, was a three-year starter at the University of Maryland. A two-time All-ACC pick, he ranks third on the all-time assists list and fifth on the all-time steals list at College Park. Guiding the Terrapins to the NCAA Tournament each season, Stokes was one of three Maryland players to start all 34 games his senior season.
In four years at Maryland, Stokes' squad racked up an overall record of 87-40 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen three times. His single game assist record (15 versus Western Carolina on November 11, 1998) still stands. Stokes' 213 assists his senior season is also a Maryland record.
"Coming from Maryland, it's important to teach these guys how to win," says Stokes. "It may sound simple, but when you don't know how, you have to learn how to win games. Hopefully we'll be doing that soon."
A high school All-America at Simon Gratz in South Philadelphia, Stokes was rated the nation's top prep point guard along with Stephon Marbury in several publications, including the USA Today and Street & Smith Magazine. He played two seasons with current NBA star Rasheed Wallace and finished his high school career as the school's all-time assist leader.
While at Simon Gratz, Stokes set the record books ablaze with four quadruple-doubles his senior year, including a 29-point, 17-assist, 11-steal and 11-rebound performance while guiding his team to a public league title. During his sophomore year, Simon Gratz went 31-0, capturing a national championship.
Stokes received this bachelor's degree in family studies from the University of Maryland and spent last season as the head assistant coach at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C.
Both Blaney and Stokes will be involved in all aspects of coaching with Patsos. Their duties will include recruiting, scouting, player development and floor-coaching.
"I've known Jimmy Patsos for nine years now and I'm excited because I know he's a winner," says Blaney. "Building this program into a winner is what I'm really looking forward to."