Leone Named Head Basketball Coach
Jason Leone has been named the 17th head coach of men's basketball at Oswego.
Leone previously coached Keystone College in La Plume, Pa., where he led the program to an overall record of 71-35 over the past four seasons.
"Jason Leone has a proven ability to recruit outstanding student-athletes and develop a winning program. We look forward to Jason continuing our winning tradition in men's basketball at Oswego State," said Oswego Athletic Director Timothy Hale.
In 2010-11, Leone guided Keystone to an overall record of 21-6 with wins over NCAA qualifiers Oswego State and Gwynedd-Mercy, en route to achieving the program's first-ever NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ranking. In addition to a .670 winning percentage, Leone's squads never finished below third place in the Colonial States Athletic Conference and qualified for post-season play all four years.
His players have been equally as successful in the classroom, as he has coached 22 CSAC All-Academic Team selections and has had his squads post a team GPA over 3.0 in six of his eight semesters as head coach.
"I am thrilled about being named the head men's basketball coach at Oswego State," said Leone, whose brother, Joe '01, was captain of the Lakers in 2000-01. His sister, Lindsay '02, also attended Oswego.
"Being a native of Central New York, I am excited to be back in an area that I love and have a lot of pride in," he said. "In addition, I am ready to take on the responsibility of continuing and building upon the success that the men's basketball program has experienced in recent years."
Prior to coaching at Keystone, Leone served as the assistant coach at Division II Mercyhurst College for four seasons from 2003 to 2007. Before joining Mercyhurst, Leone served as the assistant coach at Clarkson University, where the Golden Knights earned an ECAC title game berth.
As a player, Leone began his career at NCAA Division I Lafayette College, where he played for two seasons before transferring to the University of Rochester, where he earned a degree in economics in 1999. The three-time dean's list honoree was a captain of the 1998-99 U of R squad that qualified for the NCAA tournament.
Leone earned a master's in instructional technology and media management from SUNY Potsdam.
— Adele Burk
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