Rob Kurzinsky enters his 10th season as the head coach of the Cougars in 2016-17. In nine years under his direction, the Cougars have accumulated 88 victories and won an NJAC Division Championship.
In 2016, Kurzinsky helped mold the NJAC Rookie of the Year.
During the 2010-11 season the team posted its best record in over a decade, finishing 18-8 overall and capturing the program's first New Jersey Athletic Conference South Division title. For his efforts, Kurzinsky was voted the NJAC "John K. Adams" Coach of the Year by his peers. The year was highlighted as senior forward Jonathan Jones was a unanimous first-team All-American and the top player in the Atlantic Region after leading Division III with 24 double-doubles and ranking eighth in the nation in scoring (23.9 points per game) and second in rebounding (13.7 rebounds per game). Jones is just the second player in school history to earn first-team All-American honors.
In his first season the Cougars advanced to the New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time since 2000-01, finishing third in the NJAC South Division. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, his team was honored by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association with the Sam Schoenfeld Award. The Schoenfeld Award is presented to the college or university, which in the judgement of the CBOA membership best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators."
In 2013-14, Kean had a 16-14 record, made the NJAC semifinal and the Championship Game of the ECAC Metro Tournament. The team also had a turn in the national spotlight when a halfcourt shot was featured on the Top 10 Plays of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
With over 20 years of experience, Kurzinsky most recently worked for a pair of tri-state area Division I schools. He was the assistant men's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Peter's College and the director of men's basketball operations at Columbia University in 2005-06.
Prior to his arrival at the Ivy League school, Kurzinsky was the head men's basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y., for five seasons. During his tenure at Rockland, all 23 of his players graduated with associate degrees and advanced to four-year institutions to continue their academic and athletic careers. Kurzinsky helped revive a program that had won just nine games in the four years prior to his arrival, steering Rockland to a 40-38 record in Region XV play during his five seasons at the helm.
Kurzinsky began his coaching career in 1992 as the assistant varsity boys' basketball coach at Church Farms School in the suburbs of Philadelphia while completing his undergraduate degree at West Chester University. Two years later, Kurzinsky moved to girls' basketball when he was named the assistant varsity coach at Unionville (Pa.) High School, a post he held until 1996.
In 1996, Kurzinsky earned his first collegiate coaching job when he was named the head coach of the women's basketball and softball teams at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa. He then moved to Harcum College as the head coach of women's basketball and volleyball before making the jump to Division I Manhattan College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, where he was the assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator from 1998 until 2000.
A 1994 graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education, Kurzinsky currently resides in Woodbridge, N.J. with his wife Hitomi, daughter Ai Lee and son Rocklan.
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Former professional basketball standout Jonathan Jones will return to his alma mater in 2016-17 to coach the Kean University men’s basketball program. Jones played professionally overseas from 2013-15 after earning All-American honors with the Cougars in 2011.
Jones played for professional teams in Argentina, Finland, Norway and Luxembourg and was named the Eurobasket.com BLNO Forward of the Year, the Import Player of the Year and the All-Imports Team during his professional career.
While with Kean, Jones was a First-Team All-American, the ECAC Player of the Year, the Met Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year, the D3Hoops Atlantic Region Player of the Year and the NJAC Player of the Year. He is second on Kean’s all-time rebounding list (915) and third on the all-time scoring list with 1,359 points.
Kyle Taylor returns for his sixth season with the Cougars in 2016-17 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Taylor arrived at Kean after spending five years at Plymouth State University as both a student and assistant coach. His coaching experience also includes two years at the AAU level with both the Lake Region Rebels and Raritan Roundballers. Taylor has participated in several camps and clinics including Hoop Mountain, Hoop Group and Five Star.
Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Plymouth State in 2009 and is currently employed as a teacher’s assistant at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Carteret.
Matt McDuffie joined the Kean University men’s basketball staff for the 2016-17 season. McDuffie served as student assistant coach at NJAC rival Montclair State University for the past three years and helped lead the Red Hawks to 30 wins.
Since 2013, he has been an analytics specialist and lead scorekeeper for the Nike EYBL AAU circuit. McDuffie currently works as a Client Service Associate at Beacon Wealth Management Group, a financial planning firm.
McDuffie earned his BA in general humanities from Montclair State in 2015.
Anthony Calabrese will join the Kean University men’s basketball program as assistant coach for the 2016-17 season. Calabrese was the head coach at Berkeley College for five seasons until the elimination of the program in 2014 due to budget restraints. He has also been assistant coach at Montclair State University.
In addition to his time at the collegiate level, Calabrese coached with the Next Level and Radiant Suns AAU programs, as well as the Rutgers University, Monmouth University, Hoop Group Elite, Junior Elite and Hurley Basketball Camps.
Calbrese earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 2001 and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2004. He is a partner and founding member of an independent financial planning firm.