Brooklyn College Director of Athletics Bruce Filosa announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches, Caroline Gehring and Jamar Harry, to the staff of the defending CUNYAC Champion women’s basketball team and head coach Alex Lang. The hires will replace departing assistants and women’s basketball alums, Brittany Bowen and Vanessa D’Ambrosi, while long-time assistant Amalea Sideris will remain with the team.
“Our women’s basketball program has set a high standard, and these two coaches are eager to be a part of the established culture, and to use their skills and experience to help the program to greater achievements,” said Filosa of the duo.
Gehring is a Long Island native who comes from a basketball family, each of her three older sisters played college basketball, as did she, graduating from Division II Chestnut Hill. As a Griffin, Gehring was a captain as a senior and was honored with the team coach’s award in addition to all-conference academic honors. As a high school senior, Gehring was team MVP at Southold, while playing AAU for Fundamental Sports Training.
“Cari is a gym rat who will bring great enthusiasm and an eagerness to improve at the craft of coaching,” says head coach Alex Lang. “She is a natural fit as a coach. She has the personality, knowledge and patience that will serve her and our team well.” Gehring, a former point guard will work with the backcourt.
Harry, a former basketball standout at John Jay, is a familiar face in the City University of New York Athletic Conference. As a Bloodhound, Harry was named CUNYAC Rookie of the Year in 2011 and Player of the Year in 2013, and also garnered national recognition as a senior, being named a Third Team All-American by the NABC. Harry scored 1,151 points in three seasons with John Jay, after transferring over from Monroe College.
While being recognized for his ability, Harry was always known as a player with a great basketball IQ. “Jamar will be a great addition to our staff,” said head coach Alex Lang. “He is someone who played all five positions on the court and can help our players with development and a different perspective with his experience in the men’s game”. Harry will primarily work with the post players in addition to other responsibilities.
The women’s basketball squad, following up their 24-4 season, starts play on November 13th as they host Kean University in a non-conference game.assisant coach DIII