ROSEMONT, Pa. – The Rosemont College Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Bob Hughes as the Head Coach of their Men’s Basketball program. Hughes inherits a team in its fourth season of competition and a squad that competed in the post-season for the first time in 2012.
Hughes most recently was an Assistant Coach at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, where he has worked since 2010. Washington College reached the conference semi-finals last season. He was a lead recruiter and key fundraiser for the program.
Between 2008 and 2010, Hughes was an Assistant Coach at Drew University (Madison, NJ). Prior to that, he worked for The Hoop Group as a Camp Coach, Talent Evaluator and Tournament Site Director. Hughes got his first exposure to coaching at the collegiate level at Saint Joseph’s University from 2005-2008, where he was the Head Coach of the Junior Varsity team.
When asked about what he would be doing initially as Rosemont’s Head Coach, Hughes identified three areas of immediate focus. First coach Hughes wants to focus on transition. “(Rosemont’s first coach) Ryan Tozer laid a great foundation. I want to harness the good and take the team to the next level. I want to take Rosemont’s program to places it has never been, and I am looking forward to new and positive firsts for the program.” Players are the second area of focus, Hughes added. “I will work with the team through their difficulties and challenges. As their coach, I want to harness their abilities to be as successful as possible, to prepare them to be put into a position to be as successful as possible.” The third challenge, according to Hughes, will be “the adjustment to being a Head Coach.” Bob considers this aspect of the opportunity as “exciting.”
When asked about the CSAC (Colonial States Athletic Conference), Bob thinks that the conference does not get the respect that is ceded to other conferences. “The conference contends on a national level and is deserving of respect nationally.” He believes it is Rosemont’s goal to “jump into the top half of the conference consistently and to build a tradition of winning. The team can get to that high level of success through recruiting, practice and conditioning.”
Regarding the squad that he is inheriting, “The core group has built a foundation of talent and maturity. The upper-classmen want to work and blossom into what stamp they can put on the program” from a historic perspective. “I want to make sure we channel the team’s emotional investment and energy into areas that give us the best chance to succeed.”
Coach Hughes is familiar with Philadelphia-area basketball, earning his Bachelor of Science degree at St. Joseph’s in 2003 before continuing his education at Washington College, where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in 2012. Hughes graduated from the Malvern Preparatory School in the class of 1999.
A fan of the Jersey Shore, Hughes resides in West Chester, Pa., where he also enjoys playing golf.