Mount St. Mary's University head men's basketball coach Robert Burke has rounded out his coaching staff with the additions of Ahmad Dorsett and Mike Farrelly as assistant coaches.
"I am extremely excited to add two more experienced and well rounded coaches to the Mount basketball program," said Burke. "As we work to build on the successes of Coach (Jim) Phelan and Coach (Milan) Brown it is a plus to know that each member of our staff has competed in the NCAA Tournament."
Dorsett comes to the Mount after serving as the top assistant coach at Bowie State last season where he helped lead the team to a CIAA divisional title. His responsibilities included planning and executing practices, coordinating recruiting, preparing and implementing game plans as well as various administrative duties. Prior to his time at Bowie State, he was an assistant at Mount Olive College, helping guide the Trojans to their second straight Conference Carolinas regular season title and an 18-10 record.
Before going to Mount Olive, Dorsett was the head coach at Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Va. He started the basketball program at Freedom and lead his squad to two conference titles, three regional playoff appearances and a state semifinal appearance. During that span he twice won Coach of the Year honors. He also served as an assistant coach at Longwood University during the school's transition from Division II to Division I.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Dorsett graduated from George Mason University where he was a four-year starter for the Patriots. He was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Rookie team as a freshman while playing for head coach Paul Westhead. Over the next three years he served as co-captain for new head coach Jim Larranaga and helped lead the team to the conference title and a spot in the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
Dorsett played professionally for the Washington Justice of the National Rookie League and for the One on One National Travel team.
"We are very lucky to have Ahmad as part of our staff," said Burke. "He has won as a player. He has won as an assistant coach and he has won as a head coach. He brings an infectious enthusiasm and upbeat attitude to every situation, every day. He loves coaching, is extremely organized and has a tremendous reputation for developing players on and off the court."
Farrelly comes to the Mount after spending the past three years as the Director of Hoop Group Elite. Hoop Group Elite is the largest high school basketball exposure camp in the country. As director, he oversaw all camp activities, from on court fundamental instruction to recruiting student-athletes for participation in camps, clinics and AAU tournaments.
Prior to his time with the Hoop Group, he served as the top assistant coach at Wilkes University where he was responsible for assisting with all areas of the program. In particular he oversaw recruiting, player development, academic support and scouting of opponents. He is credited with recruiting Chris DeRojas, the 2008 Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year.
Farrelly played collegiately at Saint Joseph's University for Phil Martelli from 2000-2003 where he played with current NBA players Jameer Nelson and Delonte West. During his time at Saint Joseph's, the Hawks appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2003 while winning the 2002 NIT Championship.
After graduating from Saint Joseph's in 2003, Farrelly served as the junior varsity basketball coach for three seasons at his alma mater. In addition, he helped the varsity team in film preparation, player development and scouting during the 2005-06 season.
Farrelly is also a Certified Financial Planner who has worked for American Express Financial Advisors and Wachovia.
"During the interview process every person with whom I spoke knew Mike and every one of them had nothing but wonderful things to say about him," said Burke. "Mike is the consummate point guard. He is always making those around him better. His work ethic and exceptional way with people would make him successful in any area of business. Combine that with his knowledge and passion for the game of basketball and I believe Mike has a very long and bright future in college basketball. I am thrilled that he is part of our staff at Mount St. Mary's."
Dorsett and Farrelly round out Burke's coaching staff after Matt Henry was announced earlier this summer.