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Bidlingmyer added as assistant coach

Binghamton University men’s basketball has added assistant coach Brian Bidlingmyer for the 2003-04 season. A six-year Division I assistant with ties to Central New York, Bidlingmyer joins a staff that also includes associate head coach Lawrence Brenneman and assistant coach Marlon Sears.

Bidlingmyer comes directly from Lamar University, where was an assistant coach for four years under head coach Mike Deane. While at Lamar, he served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and also assisted with on-the-floor coaching. During his tenure, the Cardinals captured the 2000 Southland Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years. He was also responsible for scouting, player development and strength and conditioning.

“We are extremely excited to have Brian join our staff,” head coach Al Walker said. “He had an excellent career at Siena for one of the terrific coaches in the business (Mike Deane), followed by a stint at Hobart, and six years with Coach Deane at Marquette and Lamar. He has proven excellent recruiting relationships in Canada, Texas, N.Y. and Ohio, and we anticipate with his leadership, we can continue to sign top shelf student-athletes.”

Prior to Lamar, Bidlingmyer worked two seasons for Deane at Marquette University, helping lead that program to the 1998 NIT quarterfinals. He began his coaching career as assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at Hobart College.

A native of Barberton, Ohio, Bidlingmyer played four years of Division I basketball at Siena College, serving as team captain his senior year. During his playing career, the Saints won an average of 17 games and advanced to the NIT semifinals in 1994. He played in 118 consecutive games as a collegiate athlete, and led the team in rebounding as a junior. Bidlingmyer still holds a pair of Siena single-game records for field goal percentage (8-for-8) and steals (10). The steals mark is also a Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference record.

Bidlingmyer received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Siena in 1995.

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