FDU Basketball Crew Update – HoopDirt

FDU Men’s Basketball Coach Tobin Anderson He announced his coaching staff Monday as he prepares to start his first season on the banks of the Hackensack in 2022-23. Anderson was appointed May 3 as the Knights’ eighth men’s basketball coach.

Next season, the FDU seat will consist of assistant coaches Jack CastleberryAnd Tom BunacumCam Morell and the Legend of the Knights Mike Holloway Jr. ’19 who returned for his second season as a graduate assistant on the program. Bonacum and Morell had both been with Anderson at St. Thomas Aquinas (Division II – ECC) where Morell also spent two seasons in the Spartans uniform under Anderson’s tutelage after starting his football career at George Mason (Division I – A-10) before moving to training classes.

“I am delighted to be a fantastic team that brings experience, energy and passion to help our players achieve their potential on and off the field,” Anderson said. “Jack, Tom and Cam are not only great people who will represent FDU with integrity and class. They are excellent basketball coaches who can lead, teach and develop our players individually and collectively. We have already begun the process of building a program that can compete on the NEC championships and the NCAA championships sidewalks.”

Castleberry comes to FDU via Charlotte, NC where he joined the Queens (NC) men’s basketball team in the off-season after spending the previous five campaigns at The Citadel (Division One – SoCon), most recently as Assistant Manager Coach and Recruitment Coordinator. Castleberry was a student-athlete at Virginia Military Institute (Division I – SoCon), eventually worked to earn an athletic scholarship and grew to become a critical player for the Keydets, including being named captain of the 2006-07 campaign and helping lead to the most wins in a single season since more than a decade. After graduation, he began his coaching career at the University of Tennessee Martin where he spent one season and later returned to his alma mater to principal Duggar Bowcom and worked in a variety of positions at VMI, including player development, recruitment, scheduling, and as the team’s academic coordinator.

“My family and I are thrilled to join the FDU Knights community,” Castleberry said. “I am grateful to the coach [Tobin] Anderson for giving me the opportunity to be a part of building a special program. Coach Anderson is a great guy and a proven winner. I’m excited to go to work! “

After a stint with the Siena Women’s Basketball Program (Division One – MAAC) from 2012-14, Castleberry arrived in Charleston, SC to begin his tenure with the Bulldogs. Beginning his time at Castle as Director of Basketball Operations, Castleberry worked for three seasons as an assistant coach before being promoted to Associate Head Coach, a position he held during the 2021-22 season.

“I have known Jack forever, since our five-star basketball days and have always wanted to work with him. Jack has an infectious personality that helps him connect with our players and everyone associated with our program. Jack’s experience, knowledge and passion for the game will be a great asset to FDU Basketball,” he added Anderson.

A five-year student-athlete in nearby Ramapo (Division III – NJAC), Bunacomb spent his last three seasons with road runners as team captain and SAAC President from 2016 to 2018. A 6’6 striker, Bunacomb was named Player of the Year by the Basketball Writers Association In the Capital (MBWA) after his junior season and received numerous awards in conferences, districts and territories as well as scoring over 1,500 career points. A graduate of Po with a degree in Business Administration and minor in Psychology, Bonacum worked as a player development intern with the Dallas Mavericks (NBA) before being hired to join the Anderson team in time for the 2019-20 season at STAC.

During his time at Sparkle, not far from where a college student attended, Fanwood, NJ, helped the team run a record 67-12 in his three seasons, leading to three ECC Championships, and three NCAA tournament appearances with two of those Courses culminated in The Sweet 16. As an integral part of STAC’s student-athlete skills development, Bonacum helped train several All-Region and First Team All-ECC recipients and also helped coach Grant Singleton while earning NABC All-America recognition in 2021.

“I am very excited to be joining Coach Anderson and the FDU programme,” Bunacomb said. “I can’t wait to work with our wonderful student athletes and staff.”

In addition to his basketball coaching duties, Bunacomb served as the head coach for the Spartans esports program and tripled the size of the varsity team in two seasons. Under his leadership, the Spartans added five teams to the program and led the team to tournaments in ECAC and ECC.

“Tom and I have worked together for the past three years at STAC and he has been an integral part of our success. He is a true student of the game and brings incredible toughness and a blue-collar demeanor to our program. His previous NBA experience is a huge benefit to the development of our players and he is relentless in helping our players achieve their potential,” Anderson added.

A seasoned student-athlete at George Mason and Lenderson at STAC, Morrell returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the 2021-22 season after spending time in his hometown of rock ‘n’ roll as an alumnus assistant to Memphis (Division I – American). In Memphis, Murrell used software including Sports Code, Fast Scout, Fast Draw, Synergy, and Second Spectrum to explore opponents, code game movies, and create video clips for players. In addition, he collaborated with the Tigers Analytics team to generate pre- and post-match statistical reports for the coaching staff while also maintaining and monitoring the program’s daily recruitment database.

“It feels great to be a knight,” Morell said. “It is a blessing to be a part of such an amazing program and coaching apparatus. I am really excited to be a part of the FDU family and ready to get started!”

“Cam brings the players’ perspective to our squad because he plays in our system and has a great sense of the way we play and what we’re trying to do,” Anderson commented. “Cam has a competitive firefight and has brought incredible passion to our program and will live in the gym to help our players improve every day.”

Stay tuned for more information on the Knights’ 2022-23 non-conference schedule and ticket information as the Burgundy and Blue prepare for their 72nd season of FDU men’s basketball.