Beaver hires new women's basketball head coach

MONACA, Pa. — Sean Strickland, a 1993 graduate of Penn State, will begin his first season at the helm of the Penn State Beaver women's basketball program.

Strickland replaces Tim Moore, who left to coach at Carlow University.

Strickland comes to Penn State Beaver from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. In his seven years as the leader of the men's program, Strickland coached 12 All-AMCC performers, including an AMCC Conference Player of the Year and an AMCC Newcomer of the Year. Off the court, his Bobcats earned 22 AMCC Academic All-Conference Team awards, and earned the highest team GPA in men's basketball program history.

He also coached seven of the 12 1,000-point scorers in school history.

Strickland's 2015-16 team is the most decorated team in the history of the Pitt-Greensburg Men's basketball program. The Bobcats captured the 2016 AMCC Championship and earned Pitt-Greensburg's first ever NCAA Tournament berth in men's basketball history. That team featured four players that broke the 1,000-point scoring barrier. Overall, Strickland's high-powered offense set school records in scoring, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, total assists, and assists per game.

Previously, Strickland worked at Baldwin Wallace University where he served as the top assistant women's basketball coach and head women's golf coach. His two-year tenure in basketball included an average of 20 wins per season, a conference championship appearance, and an NCAA tournament appearance. As the head women's golf coach, Strickland recruited two classes that went on to be the most successful and decorated women's golf team in school history.

Strickland is no stranger to the Penn State Beaver campus as he competed for the men's basketball team from 1989 to 1991. Strickland scored more than 1,000 points in his two seasons at Penn State Beaver and left the program with single-game records for points (46), assists (12) and 3-pointers (8).

He earned his bachelor's degree in business logistics from Penn State and his master's degree in sports management from Slippery Rock University. He also is the owner of Strick Hoops and president of the Central Valley Youth Basketball program.