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Men’s basketball announces addition of new assistant coach and promotion of Billmeier


Seton Hall Athletics announced Thursday that Donald Copeland, a former male basketball player from Seton Hall, is returning to the squad as an assistant coach.

Copeland has spent the last six years of his coaching career with Wagner, first joining the Seahawks as a graduate assistant before taking on the assistant coaching role for the past four years. In his first season as an assistant coach, he helped take the team to a 23-11 record and one of three Northeastern Conference regular season championships during his tenure. with Wagner. Donald Copeland compiled a 64-44 record with the Seahawks.

Copeland’s college basketball career began in 2002 at Seton Hall, where he played for four seasons with the Pirates and helped the team win two NCAA tournament nominations during their second and senior seasons. He graduated from Seton Hall in 2006 with a degree in Communication and Media Studies before embarking on a professional basketball career overseas for nearly a decade. During Copeland’s career, he won two professional championships while playing in Puerto Rico in 2011 and 2015.

“We are delighted to bring Donald home to Seton Hall, where he had so many fond memories,” said Willard. “Donald is a great coach, and his work ethic and in-depth knowledge of the basketball scene here in New Jersey will help us continue to identify, recruit and develop talented players in the area. “

In addition to the hiring of Donald Copeland, assistant coach Grant Billmeier was promoted to associate head coach after spending the past six years as an assistant coach.

“Grant has been an integral member of our staff and the success we’ve been able to achieve here at Seton Hall,” said Willard. “The passion and energy he brings to work every day is contagious, and he works very hard to make sure our players improve on the pitch, in the classroom and in life. Our program wouldn’t be what it is today without Grant’s dedication, and he earned this promotion to Associate Head Coach.

Billmeier and Copeland were teammates during their playing careers at Seton Hall and are required to maintain that connection for future Big East and NCAA Championship races.

The men’s basketball team’s first game is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the University of Michigan for the Gavitt Tipoff Games. This will be the first time these programs have each been played since 1989 and only the second since Michigan defeated Seton Hall in the 1989 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by a single point.

Thomas Donnelly can be contacted at [email protected]

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