DURHAM, N.H.-- Chad O'Donnell and Stephen Curran were recently named assistant men's basketball coaches at the University of New Hampshire. The announcement was made today by first-year head coach Phil Rowe.
O'Donnell comes to UNH from the College of the Holy Cross, where he served as an assistant/recruiting coordinator since 1996. While in Worcester, he directed all national recruiting efforts for the Crusaders, handled post-player development and directed the school's summer camp. He also served as the head coach of the junior varsity team at the College during that same time.
In 1995-96, O'Donnell worked as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I.
From 1993-1995, O'Donnell was an assistant coach for the men's varsity squad and he was the head coach of junior varsity team at Division III Worcester State College, where he also served as assistant athletic director from 1994-95.
O'Donnell saw some time in the scholastic basketball ranks, working as an assistant coach at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Mass. from 1991 through 1993.
A veteran of various camps and clinics throughout the East region and the nation, O'Donnell has been seen roaming the hardwood of camps at Seton Hall, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, the University of Wisconsin and Purdue University, just to name a few.
O'Donnell is a 1994 graduate of Springfield College, where he earned a BS degree in Physical Education.
Curran arrives in Durham after serving as an assistant men's basketball coach at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. since 1993. During that time, he was responsible for recruiting and assisted with all aspects of coaching for the Warrior program. He also was the director of the Warrior Basketball Camp, handling the hiring of the staff, promotions, scheduling and lectures.
From 1993-98, Curran was the co-director of the Academic Basketball Awareness Camp (ABA), a program for 150 underprivileged kids from the city of Lawrence. Curran was also involved with the Five Star Basketball Camp out of Honesdale, Pa. and Pittsburgh, Pa., working as a resident coach from 1993-98.
From 1995-97, he was the league commissioner for the Pete Gillen Basketball Camp, and in the summer of 1994, he was a resident coach for the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp out of Trenton, N.J.
A 1992 graduate of Merrimack College, Curran earned a BS degree in Business Administration and majored in International Business. While at Merrimack, Curran captained the men's basketball team in 1991-92 and was named all-conference, an ECAC All-Star and he was an NABC New England second-team All-American.
He resides in Haverhill, Mass., with his wife Melissa.