Thiel names Clune head coach
Former PAC Coach of the Year returning to conference
GREENVILLE, Pa. — Following a national search, Thiel has hired of Rob Clune as its new women's basketball coach.
“I am thrilled to welcome Rob Clune as our new women's basketball coach.” athletic director Jack Leipheimer said.
“His experience, knowledge and integrity are impeccable and I am looking forward to a long lasting relationship.”
Clune is very familiar with the Presidents Athletics Conference having served as head men's basketball coach at Bethany from 1995-2002. During his tenure at Bethany, Clune successfully built the foundation for a championship basketball program. Bethany won back-to-back PAC championships during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Clune also recruited and coached four of the top six scorers in Bethany program history including the first two Division III All-Americans.
For his efforts Clune earned PAC Coach of the year honors in consecutive seasons.
Clune was also the head women's soccer coach at Bethany from 1995-2002. His 1999 team won the PAC championship leading the conference in every scoring category.
Most recently he served as the head women's basketball coach at Allegheny from 2002-10 where his teams qualified for every conference tournament during his tenure.
Clune's 2009-10 team finished third in the NCAC and led the conference in scoring.
Clune is looking forward to his opportunity at Thiel.
“I am very excited about being part of the Thiel College community and again coaching in the Presidents Athletic Conference,” he said.
Clune takes over a Tomcat squad that finished sixth in the conference last season with an 8-10 mark, the most wins in conference for the program since the 1987-88 season.
“I'm looking forward to working with a solid group of returning players, as well as the incoming freshmen,” he said.
The Tomcats' two all-conference performers, Barzak and Muffley will highlight the returning players for Clune who takes over for previous head coach Angie Zeuch.