Rob Kurzinsky enters his sixth season as the head coach of the
In his first season the Cougars advanced to the New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time since 2000-01, finishing third in the NJAC South Division. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, his team was honored by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association with the Sam Schoenfeld Award. The Schoenfeld Award is presented to the college or university, which in the judgement of the CBOA membership best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators."
The Cougars have since made the NJAC Tournament every season since, marking post-season appearances for every season that Kurzinsky has been coaching.
During the 2010-11 season the team posted its best record in over a decade, finishing 18-8 overall and capturing the program's first New Jersey Athletic Conference South Division title. For his efforts, Kurzinsky was voted the NJAC "John K. Adams" Coach of the Year by his peers. The year was highlighted as senior forward Jonathan Jones was a unanimous first-team All-American and the top player in the Atlantic Region after leading Division III with 24 double-doubles and ranking eighth in the nation in scoring (23.9 points per game) and second in rebounding (13.7 rebounds per game). Jones is just the second player in school history to earn first-team All-American honors.
With 20 years of experience, Kurzinsky most recently worked for a pair of tri-state area Division I schools. He was the assistant men's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Peter's College last season and the director of men's basketball operations at Columbia University in 2005-06.
Prior to his arrival at the Ivy League school, Kurzinsky was the head men's basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y., for five seasons. During his tenure at Rockland, all 23 of his players graduated with associate degrees and advanced to four-year institutions to continue their academic and athletic careers. Kurzinsky helped revive a program that had won just nine games in the four years prior to his arrival, steering Rockland to a 40-38 record in Region XV play during his five seasons at the helm.
Kurzinsky began his coaching career in 1992 as the assistant varsity boys' basketball coach at Church Farms School in the suburbs of Philadelphia while completing his undergraduate degree at West Chester University. Two years later, Kurzinsky moved to girls' basketball when he was named the assistant varsity coach at Unionville (Pa.) High School, a post he held until 1996.
In 1996, Kurzinsky earned his first collegiate coaching job when he was named the head coach of the women's basketball and softball teams at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa. He then moved to Harcum College as the head coach of women's basketball and volleyball before making the jump to Division I Manhattan College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, where he was the assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator from 1998 until 2000.
A 1994 graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education, Kurzinsky currently resides in Woodbridge, N.J. with his wife Hitomi and their daughter Ai Lee.
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Tom Wagenblast joins the Cougar staff for his fifth season on the sidelines.
Wagenblast completed his studies at Rutgers University, where he was a four-year member of the men's basketball staff as a student manager. During his tenure, Wagenblast assisted in on-campus recruiting visits, recruiting correspondence and game and practice filming, breakdown and analysis.
Wagenblast has also been involved in several camps and clinics over the past five years.
He earned his degree in exercise science and sport studies with a sports management option from Rutgers University in July of 2008.
Kyle Taylor is in his second season with the Cougar staff.
Taylor comes to Kean after spending five years at Plymouth State University as both a student and assistant coach. His coaching experience also includes two years at the AAU level with both the Lake Region Rebels and Raritan Roundballers. Taylor has participated in several camps and clinics including Hoop Mountain, Hoop Group and Five Star.
Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Plymouth State in 2009 and is currently employed as a teacher’s assistant in Nathan Hale Elementary School in Carteret.
Rob Lewis joins the Cougars for his second season on the sidelines in 2012-13.
A three year player for the Cougars, Lewis appeared in 68 games recording 166 points, 105 rebounds and 54 steals. One of two seniors during the 2010-11 campaign, Lewis was a starter for a team that collected more wins (18) in a season for more than 15 years. During his junior and senior seasons, the Cougars were awarded by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association with the Sam Schoenfeld Award. The award is presented to the college or university, which in the judgment of the CBOA membership, best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators."
Lewis graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Kean in 2011.