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Shaheen Holloway prepares to lead men's basketball at the University of San Pedro

For the men's basketball program at the University of San Pedro, it is the beginning of a new era.

After spending the past eight seasons as an associate trainer at his alma mater, Seton Hall, under Kevin Willard, Shaheen Holloway was ready to take the next step on his journey.

Holloway's position as the male basketball coach of San Pedro had a bittersweet start.

Early on Thursday morning Holloway's uncle died, and later in the afternoon, he had to attend his press conference at Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. The Recreational Life Center gym at the university will be introduced as the Peacocks' next coach.

"Many emotions are happening right now," said Holloway. "This is an amazing day, I'm very excited, it will not be long, but it's not really about me, it's about these student athletes: the team, I'm here to try to guide these guys, not just on the court. , but also in the classroom and also in life.

"I went to Seton Hall when I was a child and I left as a man. I learned many values, I learned a lot about what I should not do, which was also very important. Everything I learned there goes to help me here. It was an easy transition for me. It saddens me that I'm gone, but at the same time I'm excited about my new beginning. "

With Holloway on the bench as Willard's best assistant, Seton Hall became one of Big East's top programs , winning the Big East Tournament title 2015-16 for the first time since 1993. In the last three seasons of 2016-18 Seton Hall recorded three consecutive seasons of 20 wins, the first time the program did so from 1991-93, and three consecutive seasons in Big East of 10 wins or more for the first time in the program's history.

Holloway also served as the Pirates' main recruiter during his tenure.His recruiting ability helped Seton Hall produce one of the 15 best national recruiting classes in 2014, which included Isaiah Whitehead, the first McDonald's All-American since 2001, which went on to be selected for the 2016 NBA Draft, Angel Delgado, National Center of the Year 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award and world leader of Big East rebounds; and Khadeen Carrington, who finished his career at Seton Hall as the ninth all-time scorer in the program's history.

"I have to thank coach (Kevin) Willard," said Holloway. "He gave me a lot of rope to do what I had to do to be ready for this position." When you're a former player, you know what you're going to do and how you're going to do it.

"I'm happy to give the Next step on my trip. I spoke with the players (from San Pedro) yesterday, we had an incredible time and we had a great training. I hope these guys understand the path that lies ahead. from them. And once again, it's not about me, it's about these guys. I am very excited, I am very happy and I want to thank everyone for coming this afternoon and spending this time with me. "

Holloway began his coaching career serving as an assistant coach in high school at Bloomfield Tech.

Holloway excelled for four years at Seton Hall from 1996-2000 and helped his team reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2000, where he landed the winning tray of the game in overtime to defeat Oregon in the first round of the NCAA Awarded in 2012 to the Athletics Hall of Fame of Seton Hall, Holloway's outstanding career as a player placed him in Seton Hall's record books as the absolute leader of attendance with 681, 17th in scoring with 1,588 points and fourth in robberies with 231 robberies.

"It was fundamental that we find someone of great integrity, who possessed an untiring work ethic and, most importantly, fit into our renewed culture of excellence within San Pedro athletics, "said Athletics Director Bryan Felt. "Transition is something that is never easy, but this is a tremendous group of young men who represent our university with great absolute light, and I know they are excited like all of us for the next chapter of San Pedro basketball."

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"With his outstanding experience as a Division I coach and student athlete, Shaheen Holloway is the perfect choice to take the men's basketball program to the next level," added Saint Peter University President Eugene J. Cornacchia. "This election further reinforces our deepest commitment to the future of San Pedro's athletic program as a whole"

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