Longwood basketball coach Griff Aldrich announces additions to coaching staff

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long woodLongwood Men’s Basketball Coach Griff Aldrich announced the addition of three new staff members to complete its squad heading into the 2022-23 season.

Assistant coach Quinn McDowell joins the Longwood bench, along with special assistant to head coach and director of recruiting Graham Bousley and video coordinator Brian Smith.

“Identifying and attracting exceptional staff members has been a key part of building the program at Longwood,” Aldrich said. “We have been blessed with some exceptional men and coaches during my tenure – and I am delighted that we have again been able to recruit top men and coaches to lead our team this year. The addition of Quinn , Graham and Brian will have a significant and positive impact on our players and our community, and I am truly delighted to have them join the program at this special time.

McDowell comes to Longwood after three seasons as an assistant at Lehigh University, and he brings with him a decade of experience as a coach and professional player.

“Quinn is not only a great coach, but an exceptional man,” Aldrich said. “His approach to coaching and the reasons why he does it really stood out to me during the research process. Pursuing his profession as a vocation for a greater purpose, Quinn really focused on bringing his players both as athletes and young men.I know that he and his wife, Lindsay, and their children will be a great addition to the Longwood community.

While at Lehigh, he helped guide the Mountain Hawks to a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League last season, and the team advanced to the Patriot League semifinals in the conference tournament.

Seven players he coached earned all-conference honors during his three seasons at Lehigh, including four last spring. Nic Lynch and Evan Taylor were both named All-League Third Team, and Keith Higgins Jr. and Tyler Whitney-Sidney earned All-Rookie honors.

In his second season on the Lehigh staff, Marques Wilson earned NABC All-District Second-Team honors as well as All-League Third-Team honors.

Prior to Lehigh, McDowell was an assistant at Taylor University after beginning his coaching career at Virginia Wesleyan University in the Division III ranks.

As a player, McDowell was one of four players in William & Mary history to record at least 1,600 points and 500 rebounds, and he set program records for games played and minutes played in a career. He was a three-time CAA Academic All-Star and was named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS award, becoming the first CAA men’s basketball finalist for the award.

After his college career, McDowell played professionally in several basketball leagues, including the G League, VTBL League in Russia, LEB Gold in Spain, and SBL in Australia.

Bousley comes to Longwood after three seasons at George Washington University, where he was named one of the top 50 medium-impact assistant coaches by Silver Wave Media.

“I’ve known Graham since before he returned to coaching full time and have always been impressed with his work ethic and pleasant style,” Aldrich said. “A very experienced coach who has served under some of the best coaches in the game in recent years, Longwood is truly fortunate to have a coach of Graham’s experience and caliber to join our staff. Beyond her background, Graham also embodies much of what we look for in a staff member through her selfless approach and eagerness to help the program succeed. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to our team and look forward to watching him grow and thrive here at Longwood.

He was the attacking coordinator during his first two seasons at GW, helping the side lead a prolific attack which also saw a pair of players set the single-season record for three in 2019-20. Last season, he was the team’s defensive coordinator for a team that ranked in the top 50 nationally in three-point defense percentage on the way to earning the program’s top seed in the tournament. A-10 since the 2016-17 season.

Additionally, Bousley helped recruit and develop a trio of players who ranked among the A-10’s top five scorers during his three seasons at George Washington in Jamison Battle, James Bishop and Joe Bamasile.

Prior to his time at George Washinton, Bousley served on Jamion Christian’s staff at both Mount St. Mary’s and the University of Siena. During his season at Siena, Bousley helped recruit and develop Jalen Picket, the 2018-19 Metropolitan Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and the first rookie in program history to win the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 1 first-team honors.

At Mount St. Mary’s, the team won 38 games in its two seasons on the staff while going 26-10 in the Northeast Conference (NEC). In his first season on the team, his team won regular season and tournament championships and earned a trip to the NCAA National Tournament. That trip culminated in a top four win over New Orleans. Additionally, he helped Junior Robinson win NEC Player of the Year honors in 2017-18.

Bousley began his coaching career at Virginia Commonwealth as a graduate assistant, and he later worked as the director of basketball operations at Rice University from 2014 to 2016 under the current head coach. of VCU, Mike Rhoades. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wisconsin, where he also served as a student manager, and he completed his master’s degree at VCU.

Smith comes to Longwood from Lynchburg University as the former Randolph College star begins his professional career.

“We are thrilled to have Brian join our team as Video Coordinator,” said Aldrich. “Having faced Brian as a player and hearing about him personally from his coaches and former bosses, it was very clear that Brian would be an ideal fit for us at Longwood. We are delighted to welcome him to Longwood and look forward to him joining our community.

For the past two seasons, Smith has served as a graduate assistant for the Hornets. While there, the team once qualified for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship while posting a 20-16 record.

As a player at Randolph College, Smith was a dynamic scorer for the WildCats. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals after draining 180 in his four seasons. He also became the sixth player in team history to score 1,000 career points.

As a senior, he averaged a career and team high 12.2 points per game, to go with career highs in rebounds (3.7) and assists (3.2) per game. . He scored in double figures 19 times.

For his career, Smith totaled 1,021 points while recording 279 assists, ranking third in the team’s history books. He is second all-time with 147 steals and sixth in blocked shots.

A native of Prince William County, Smith received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Randolph and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Lynchburg University.

The Lancer men, fresh from an NCAA Tournament run after winning both the regular season and Big South Conference Tournament titles, will take to the field in November. The team’s program will be announced at a later date.

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