August 13, 2013

Justin Mann Tabbed Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

QUINCY, Mass.- Justin Mann joins the Eastern Nazarene men's basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Jim Aller announced.

Mann comes to Eastern Nazarene after serving as an assistant coach at Urbana University. Prior to his time with the Blue Knights, Mann worked at Meridian Community College as an assistant coach and at Metamora High School as the boys' junior varsity head coach. He has also coached at the Bradley Basketball Camp, serving as a camp coach as well as a supervisor.

Mann graduated from Lander University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications in 2009. He was a member of the Bearcats' NCAA Division II men's basketball program for two seasons. Mann spent one season at Kishwaukee College where he averaged 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He began his collegiate career at Northland Community and Technical College, averaging 12 points and eight boards per game in one season with the Pioneers.

Mann replaces Brent Burris as assistant men's basketball coach at Eastern Nazarene. Burris obtained a full-time job with Nautilus in Vancouver, Wash. after serving on the Lions' staff for two seasons.

"I am excited about the addition of Justin to our program as an assistant coach. He brings with him a wealth of basketball knowledge which will greatly benefit our players and program," stated Aller. "I would also like to thnak Brent for his hard work and dedication towards improving our program and wish him the best of luck in his new job at Nautilus."

The Lions are coming off of a successful 2012-13 season which saw the program log its best record since 1996-97 and first home playoff contest in 16 years. Eastern Nazarene finished the 2012-13 campaign with an 18-9 overall record to go with an 11-4 mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Eastern Nazarene suffered an 82-76 loss to top-seeded Curry in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament after downing Salve Regina 78-64 at home.

Aller is entering his fifth season on the Lions' bench and was selected as the Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year last year.