|Jayson Hyman returns to the Immaculata sidelines, though this time he'll be the men's head coach instead of the women's assistant coach.
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Immaculata has only had men's basketball for 11 seasons, but that's long enough to choose an alum as its next head coach. Jayson Hyman takes over the Mighty Macs program, replacing Terrence Stewart who moved on to Division II.
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Immaculata University Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia Canterino announced Hyman's selection on Thursday afternoon.
"We are excited to welcome back Jayson Hyman," Canterino said. "Jayson's commitment and passion for the game, along with his love of the university is a winning combination. His vision for our basketball program is to build a culture enriched in success on and off the court. Jayson is a role model for our student-athletes, working just as hard as they do on and off the court."
Hyman spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant men's basketball coach at Division II West Chester University, where the Golden Rams played for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament. West Chester players earned the PSAC Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of Year during the 2015-16 season.
"I am humbled to accept the position of head coach of the men's basketball program at my alma mater," Hyman said. "I owe so much of my accomplishments to Immaculata, and I am dedicated to putting this program in the best possible position to be successful. I would like to thank John Stafford, Vice President for Student Development & Engagement, Patty Canterino, and the committee for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to the challenges ahead with heightened enthusiasm. Patty Canterino has been a mentor since I was a student at Immaculata, and I am honored she has continued faith in my abilities to lead the men's basketball program. I look forward to instilling the values that I have developed throughout my experiences learning from Patty Canterino and Damien Blair to continue the success of the program."
Prior to West Chester, Hyman spent three seasons (2011-2014) as an assistant coach on the Immaculata University's women's basketball staff under Canterino. He was previously on the women's basketball coaching staff during the 2009-10 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach. During his four seasons total with the Immaculata women's team, the Mighty Macs played for a CSAC championship once, and reached the conference semifinals twice.
Hyman helped to develop defensive skill strategies, assisted in the preparation and management of practices, scouted opponents, and created individual workout plans to help in player development.
Hyman also has experience as a regional AAU basketball coach with the Mt. Pleasant Bulldogs and working with the Philadelphia 76ers camps as an executive director.
Hyman played for the Mighty Macs for two seasons (2006-08). He helped lead the men's basketball program to the 2008 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PnAC) championship, and its first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. For his efforts in the conference title game, Hyman was named the PAC Tournament MVP. Hyman was also selected to the Second Team All-PAC for the 2007-08 season.
Hyman finished his two-year Immaculata career having started 48 of the 52 games in which he appeared with 582 points, 360 rebounds, 75 steals, 30 blocked shots and 33 assists. He was also 228-for-536 (.425) from the field and went 123-for-168 (.732) from the free throw line.
Hyman still holds one record at Immaculata and ranks among the career leaders in several categories. He holds the single-game record for rebounds with 16 against Centenary during the 2007-08 season. His 360 career rebounds rank seventh on the Mighty Macs ledger, his 30 blocked shots are ninth on the career list, and he listed 10th in career steals with 75. He also ranks 10th in both career field goals and field goals attempted (228-536), and is sixth in career free throw percentage (.732).
Immaculata finished 10-16, 9-9 in the CSAC last season.