Fairleigh Dickinson University introduced Jack Castleberry as the ninth men's basketball head coach in program history in a press conference held at the Stratis Arena inside the Rothman Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Castleberry was promoted to head coach after Tobin Anderson accepted the head coaching position at Iona College. Castleberry served as an assistant coach under Anderson, doing plenty of multi-tasking with recruiting, scouting reports, game strategy, and day-to-day operations.
The Knights had a magical 2022-23 season where the team notched 21 wins and two victories in the NCAA Tournament, including the historic upset of No.1 seed Purdue.
Before joining FDU, Castleberry was an assistant basketball coach at The Citadel, his alma mater VMI (Virginia Military Institute), Siena College women's Basketball Team and UT-Martin.
"There's no way to fully articulate the emotion you go through," head coach Jack Castleberry described. "There's a little bit of nervousness, ton of excitement and you recognize the opportunity. It's just an awesome experience, but I recognize the responsibility that comes with it. There's an obviously a tradition of excellence here."
"There's not much that's going to change, and we have the structure in place, "Castleberry said. "We're going to continue to do what has made us successful and build upon what we just accomplished and still stuff and there's progress to be made. I'm looking forward to pushing the boundaries and we'll continue to play an up-tempo brand of basketball. We're going to continue to be one of the best teams in the NEC, continuing to win and that's the standard. We've been to seven NCAA Tournaments and there's no reason why we can't continue that."
"We're going to do some incredible stuff, work incredibly hard and max out our potential both individually and as a group on the basketball court and in the classroom and continue to recruit high-character student-athletes," Castleberry said about how FDU is going to build off its historical 2022-23 season. "We're going to get out in the community and Bergen County has done an incredible job supporting us."
"It started from the beginning of the season to the number of people we have here day in and out particularly at the end of the season when we played St. Francis Brooklyn and that was electric," Castleberry said about the support from the FDU fans. "We want to make sure that we're giving back and showing the county all the thanks and work they have done for us. We want to make the community proud the way we go about our business and the way we treat people and work in the classroom and representatives of the university at the highest level."
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