Emmitsburg, Md. (October 24, 2011)--Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Robert Burke has announced the hiring of former North Carolina State point guard Tony Bethel as an assistant coach. Bethel comes to the Mount after serving as the video coordinator at North Carolina State the past two seasons.
"Our coaches and players are extremely excited to have coach Bethel join our staff," said Burke. "Tony is an outstanding teacher who has a wonderful way with people. His energy and playing ability will greatly benefit our players while his passion for Mount St. Mary's and his relationships throughout the basketball community will be a tremendous asset to our recruiting."
Bethel started 47 games in his two seasons (2004-06) at North Carolina State. He helped the Wolf Pack to a 33-14 mark in those games, and posted a career three-point percentage of .416, the seventh-best mark in school history.
Bethel was the recipient of the first Bob Bradley Courage and Spirit Award by the ACC in 2006, which recognizes an individual from the sport of basketball who has overcome serious injury, illness or significant adversity in life to be a valuable contributor to his/her team and university.
He went on to play professionally in Sweden, Bosnia, and Belgium. He last played with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBDL in early 2009.
After playing two seasons at Georgetown (2001-03), Bethel transferred to N.C. State. While at Georgetown, Bethel started 52 of 58 games, averaging 10.5 points and 3.1 assists while averaging 30.8 minutes in his two seasons.
Bethel is quite familiar with the Mount as his older brother, Eric, was a Mountaineer from 1995-99. Eric scored 689 points in 108 career games for the Mount, helping lead the team to the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
A graduate of North Carolina State with a degree in sociology in 2006, Bethel played earned Second Team All-Met honors by the Washington post as a senior at Montrose Christian. As a junior at Bishop McNamara, Bethel was an honorable mention All-Met selection.