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Honorary Coach Program - Men's Basketball

Honorary Coach Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In an effort to share the college student-athlete experience with the campus community, the Office of Academic Services, the Dean’s Office and the Men’s Basketball Program have developed an Honorary Coach Program. The Mission of the Honorary Coach Program is to connect the faculty and the athletic department as partners in the education and transformation of Providence College student-athletes. The program provides randomly selected faculty members an opportunity to witness first- hand the physical and intellectual demands of preparing for competition, as well as the teaching techniques that coaches employ to enhance performance and inculcate a spirit of healthy competition.

Dr. Deirdre G. Snyd​er, Assistant Professor of Management

November 15, 2014 - Providence College vs. Albany

“As a new faculty member I had no idea the level of commitment that went into being a student athlete. Perhaps that sounds naïve, but I don’t think I really understood how much time was spent in additional team activities beyond practice and games. When I think about the amount of work I assign and my expectations for student preparation in the classroom, the student-athlete commitment becomes even more impressive. I simply would not have known this without this program.”

Ann Kelley, Professor of Accountancy and Director of the Business Studies Program 

December 10, 2014 - Providence College vs. URI 

“I found it truly insightful to be able to go into the locker room and hear the coaches prepare the players before the game.  I hadn’t realized how intense and how hard the players work previously.  It was also great to be able to sit directly behind the bench and watch first hand and closely watch the finer points of the game and the players’ reactions.  I’ve always had players in my class but never truly understood exactly what was expected of them.”

James Keating, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Development of Western Civilization Faculty Member

February 11, 2015 - Providence College vs. Villanova

“With respect to the program as a whole, I believe it well serves the purpose of integrating the athletic programs and the academic community…The more faculty that have the experience I had, the more informed our conversation and thoughts will be. Indeed, the next time the issue of whether PC cares about the education of their scholarship players, I have something positive, and a bit informed, to say.”

​2015-2016 Honorary Coaches 

  • PC vs. Harvard - Dr. William Bonney, Theology
  • PC vs. Boston College - Dr. Zophia Edwards, Sociology
  • PC vs. Seton Hall - Dr. Tobias Harper, History
  • PC vs. Butler - Dr. Colin King, Philosophy