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MARIST MEN BEGIN PRACTICE

Year 2 Of The John Dunne Era Officially Underway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

POUGHKEEPSIE – Everybody is here.

Both on campus and at home.

Everything is complete for Marist College men’s basketball coach John Dunne as he begins his second year at the helm of the Red Foxes with a young team but with high expectations.

A group that includes just one senior hit the court at McCann Arena on Friday afternoon for the first official practice of the season. Coming off a 12-19 record in his first year, Dunne is relaxed and comfortable.

And he should be.

He spent the first season shuttling back and forth between the Poughkeepsie campus and his home in New Jersey, where he and his family lived for the 12 years that he coached St. Peter’s. When Marist lured him away in April of 2018, he and his family made the decision that they wouldn’t uproot from their home until the spring of this year, when his daughter – the older of his two children – completed middle school.

So Dunne spent some nights in Jersey, some nights at the Residence Inn, and also supervised the building of a new home in LaGrange.

The house is done, his wife and children arrived earlier this summer, and Dunne is ready to go.

“It wasn’t that bad. I lived off of Route 287 in Jersey so it was only a 90-minute commute,” he said. “We’re 12 minutes from campus and we couldn’t be happier. My wife works out of home and we wanted a spacious enough place, so we ended up building a house.”

Now it’s time to rebuild a program that has suffered 11 consecutive losing seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To say Marist is young is an understatement. Tobias Sioberg is the only senior. Juniors Ryan Carmello, Tucker Lee and Michael Servetas, and sophomore guards Matt Herasme and Darius Hines are the returning players.

Newcomers include redshirt junior guard Michael Cubbage, redshirt junior forward Jordan Jones and redshirt guard Matt Turner, all of whom transferred in but sat out last season. Junior forward Zion Tordoff and sophomore forward Braden Bell are set to go, as are freshmen Jack Cavanaugh, Henry Makeny, Tyler Sagi and Tyler Saint-Furcy.

Junior center Victor Enoh will sit out this season after transferring from Memphis.

Dunne said last year was about setting a culture from the program in a year where the Red Foxes lacked athleticism and length.

This year, the coach believes his team has those qualities.

“We definitely have talent, but we have zero experience. Early in the season, you’ll see some good moments and some not-so-good moments,” he said. “If we can be consistent by the end of the year, we have enough athletes to be one of the top three teams in the league. That’s my goal, for sure.”

Marist opens the 2019-20 season on Friday, Nov. 8 at VMI. The first of the Red Foxes’ 14 home games this season takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 12 against Hartford. For season ticket information, please visit MaristTickets.com.

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