Bill Coen looks north of the border for reclamation at Northeastern

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Bill Coen head coach at Northeastern. Photo courtesy of Northeastern Athletics.

Interview with Bill Coen the head coach at Northeastern University in Boston.

The Northeastern Huskies are entering a year of transition heading into the 2020-21 season.

Bill Coen will begin his 15th year as the head coach and is just 10 wins shy of surpassing the great Jim Calhoun for most wins all-time at Northeastern University. 

While it is almost certain that Coen will achieve that historical landmark, aside from that, there is a lot of unknown for the Huskies on tap for 2020-21.

Gone to graduation is the likes of Jordan Roland who was first team All-CAA and led the conference in scoring with 21.9 points per game as well Bolden Brace who leaves No.23 all-time in points scored. Both were named to the CAA All-Tournament team after falling short in the conference title game to Hofstra following a 17-16 season.

Also named to the All-Tournament team was Maxime Boursiquot who has since announced his decision to leave Northeastern and will be immediately eligible as a grad transfer along with Tomas Murphy who has committed to play at Vermont as well as Myles Franklin who will return home to California and play D2 at Point Loma. 

Coen admits his job has been a little more challenging this offseason with such a precarious roster compared to years past. He said, “I think the transfer part is part of the landscape of college basketball now so you almost anticipate it.” Coen continued, “You can either get down about it or you can look at it as an opportunity.” 

Coen doesn’t seem overly concerned at the thought of having to replace so many pieces to the puzzle but rather he is brimming with optimism at the mention of his new signing class which he says is as good as any he has ever brought into Northeastern. 

The Huskies looked north of the border for reclamation ahead of 2020-21 with three of their new signings coming from Canada. 

6-foot-7 G/F Coleman Stucke from Oakville, ON. Can play three or four positions at the college level and is a lethal three-point shooter who played at Orangeville Prep which is the No.1 program in Canada. Stucke is a high major talent who chose Northeastern for their academics and location in Boston.

6-foot-8 F Alex Nwagha from Milton, ON. Was Stucke’s teammate at Orangeville Prep this past year where they went undefeated, winning the provincial (state) championship. He is freakishly athletic and a tenacious defender who originally committed to James Madison but switched late after their coach was fired. 

6-foot-7 G Jahmyl Telfort from Boucherville, QC Spent last year at New Hampton playing in one of the best prep leagues in New England but is originally from the Montreal area where he played at Brookwood Elite which has produced NBA players Luguentz Dort (OKC) and Khem Birch (Orlando) and dozens of top NCAA talent. 

Northeastern has also added J’Vonne Hadley a 6-foot-6 guard from Saint Paul, MN as well as Chris Doherty via transfer from Notre Dame where he played in 17 games for the Fighting Irish over his first two years.  

In speaking with Coen, he provides an inkling of his endearing sense of humour which no doubt helps provide balance in the stressful landscape of college basketball. That sense of humour could be tested this season with a very young roster that won’t feature one senior.

Coen said, “I think the key for us is for our freshman not to play like freshman and for our underclassmen to play like seniors and if we can speed up that maturity curve we’re going to take a run at our goals and standards.”

Regardless of the challenges ahead that will come with coaching a very young but talented group, Coen says his goals will remain the same as each of his previous 14 years at Northeastern.

He said, “Our goals never change and that is to win the CAA regular season title and then win the CAA championship so regardless of the make up of our roster those standards are the same.”

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