Al Seibert Named New Haven Head Coach

Insiders Report alum Al Seibert Thursday was named the men's basketball head coach for Division II University of New Haven. Our congratulations to Al!

University of New Haven Director of Athletics Deborah Chin announced today (Thursday, July 14, 2005) that Al Seibert has been selected as the school's head men's basketball coach.

Seibert comes to UNH from the University of Hartford, where he has been a member of the Hawks' staff for five seasons. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach at Hartford at the start of the 2004-05 season after serving as the first assistant coach since his arrival in 2000.

Said Chin, "I am delighted to welcome Al Seibert to the University of New Haven and our Athletics Department. He joins our men's basketball program with top-notch credentials from the Division I ranks. He is ready to become a successful head coach and continue the excellence that our men's program has achieved in recent seasons"

Seibert also spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky University (1994-95 through 1997-98). In 1994-95, the Hilltoppers posted a 27-4 record and were ranked a high as number 21 in the AP poll. Western Kentucky captured the Sun Belt conference title in '94-95 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA's WKU defeated the University of Michigan in the first round before falling to the University of Kansas by only five points in the second round.

Coach Seibert worked as administrative assistant for the men's basketball program at the University of Pittsburgh during the 1993-94 season, and he also has experience coaching at the high school level in Pennsylvania.

"I am extremely excited to join the University of New Haven as head men's basketball coach," said Seibert. "I look forward to continuing the program's winning ways on the court, and I also look forward to helping mold the quality student-athletes that attend UNH off the court. I tip my hat to Jay Young for the fine job he did elevating the program to regional prominence, and I hope to lift the program even more in the future."

He replaces Jay Young, who left New Haven after five years, to become assistant coach at Division I Stony Brook University.

The UNH men's program has posted four consecutive winning seasons, and the Chargers have appeared in the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament following the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. Last season, New Haven finished the year with a flourish winning 10 of its final 12 games, including a victory over top-seeded Adelphi in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Seibert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from SUNY-Fredonia.

University of New Haven Sports Information Department

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