Current Men’s Assistant, Women’s Head Coach to Share Leadership of Caimans
BRONX, N.Y. (APRIL 4, 2011) – Current women’s head coach Jason Geleski and current men’s assistant coach Marvin Patterson have been named the co-head coaches of the Hostos Community College men’s basketball program, director of athletics Carol Kashow has announced.
“I am extremely excited to have two excellent coaches taking over the guidance of our program,” said Kashow. “Both men are dedicated to the four-pronged attack that we believe will make our program one of the most outstanding in NJCAA basketball: excellence in recruiting, excellence in academic support, excellence on the court, and excellence in moving our student-athletes on to four-year schools.”
Geleski just completed his first season leading the Lady Caiman basketball program, coaching four student-athletes who earned all-Region XV and/or all-City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) accolades. Leading that list was sophomore Myra Molina (New York, N.Y./St. Vincent Ferrer), who was selected the 2011 Region XV Player of the Year and was a member of the CUNYAC All-First Team. In addition to the improvement on the court, Geleski’s charges also engineered a dramatic change in the classroom, with a team GPA approaching 3.0 last semester.
“I am looking forward to the most challenging experience of my basketball career,” Geleski stated. “This is a unique opportunity for Marvin, myself and the Hostos basketball program.”
Geleski served as a volunteer assistant coach at William Paterson University for two seasons (2004-05, 2008-09), working as a member of Pioneer head coach Jose Rebimbas’ staff. A walk-on player at Montclair State University when Rebimbas was a Red Hawk assistant coach, Geleski finished his career (1993-95) as MSU’s all-time three-point field-goal percentage leader. Known for his shooting, hustle and defense, he helped lead the Red Hawks to two straight New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and NCAA Tournament appearances.
Geleski became the associate head coach at Division II Felician College in 1995, eventually assuming the head coaching responsibilities of the program. Several of his former players went on to successful high school coaching careers in the Garden State, including Damon Wright at Paterson Catholic H.S., Eugene Robinson at Irvington H.S. and Chris Chiera at Colonia H.S.
A member of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division who served in Iraq as an infantry officer, Geleski has worked in the information technology recruiting field for the last 13 years. A member of Delta Chi Fraternity, he completed a bachelor’s degree in history at Montclair State in 1995.
Patterson served as an assistant coach with the men’s program during the 2010-11 season, helping to direct the Caimans to a 12-10 overall record and 5-3 mark in CUNYAC play. He has experience working with local camps and AAU programs, including the Queens Bridge Outreach Summer Camp (2010), Staten Island Iron Men AAU (2009-present) and Triple Threat All-Stars (2006-09). Patterson served as the sports coordinator of the Jacob Riis Settlement Center from 2004-08, managing all recreational activities while teaching basic skills and organizing basketball tournaments for the local youth.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to move the Hostos men’s basketball program forward,” Patterson said. “I love the school, the program and the student-athletes. I look forward to working with Jason to bring success back to this proud program.”
A graduate of La Salle Academy, Patterson attended Oneonta State before completing an associate’s degree at Borough of Manhattan Community College. He led BMCC in scoring (20.5 ppg, first in CUNYAC) and assists (5.0 apg) en route to being named the CUNYAC Player of the Year and a member of the CUNYAC All-Tournament Team in 1994. He led the nation in assists while playing at Southern University during the 1994-95 campaign, and paced the 1995-96 Hunter College team in scoring (17.9 ppg), assists (6.0 apg) and steals (3.0 spg).
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968. Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students. The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.