New assistant coaches

Appalachian State head men’s basketball coach Dustin Kerns announced the hiring of his assistant coaching staff.

BOONE — Appalachian State head men’s basketball head coach Dustin Kerns has finalized his first Mountaineer coaching staff for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Patrick Moynihan, Bob Szorc and Frank Young have been tabbed as assistant coaches, while Bradley Fey has been named director of basketball operations. In addition, Jason Allison has been retained as special assistant to the head coach.

Moynihan, Szorc and Young were members of Kerns’ staff at Presbyterian, where Kerns coached until being hired by Appalachian State in March. Allison is a holdover from the Jim Fox staff before Fox was fired at the end of the 2018-19 season.

“Staff chemistry and alignment are critical, and we are very fortunate to have that here at Appalachian State with our coaching staff,” Kerns said in a statement. “These guys were impactful in our time at Presbyterian together, and I am thankful they will be joining the App State family alongside Jason Allison, who I’ve known for a long time and respect the job he does. This group has had great experiences in basketball as players and coaches, while also being a part of March Madness.”

Allison, who was promoted to associate head coach by Fox for the 2018-19 season, begins his sixth season on the App State staff. He was responsible for the recruitment of three-time All-Sun Belt honoree Ronshad Shabazz.

He spent nine seasons as an assistant at Virginia Military Institute, helping the Keydets make three appearances in the Big South Tournament championship game.

Allison has coached at the college level at King College and Lees-McRae and on the high school level at Gaston Day School and Lynchburg Christian Academy.

“I’ve known Jason for a long time through the coaching circles and always had a lot of respect for the job he does and the man he is,” Kerns said in a statement. “Jason will be a huge asset in the transition and I am very excited about him, Hope and his family remaining in Boone with the App State family.”

Moynihan owns five years of coaching experience. He served as an assistant with Kerns at Presbyterian for two seasons, seeing the Blue Hose win total increase from five to 11 in 2017-18 and from 11 to 20 in 2018-19.

Moynihan was a graduate assistant at Troy for the 2016-17 season where he helped spark a 13-win improvement. Troy won the Sun Belt Tournament title for the Trojans and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Moynihan also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at North Alabama, helping the Lions go 16-13 in 2015-16.

“Patrick is a rising star in coaching,” Kerns said in a statement. “He has a true passion and great coaching pedigree. He has a very good understanding and reputation in the recruiting world.”

Szorc boasts a background of coaching that began in the high school ranks, before moving into roles in Division II and Division I:

He worked as an assistant under Kerns in 2018-19 at Presbyterian, seeing the Blue Hose win two games in the CIT. Before coaching at Presbyterian, Szorc spent four seasons at Division II Delta State from 2013-17, including one year as associate head coach

In four seasons at Delta State, helped the Statesmen post 72 total wins, including a 23-9 record in 2016-17 and an appearance in the NCAA Division II South Region Semifinals.

“Bob is a coach’s coach,” Kerns said of Szorc. “He has been a head coach and has such a drive to grow and develop and be the best he can be. He is an incredible teacher of the game and a relentless recruiter who brings valuable experience to our staff.”

Young owns six years of experience across various staffs, while also playing overseas for five seasons after a decorated career at West Virginia.

He served as an assistant with Kerns at Presbyterian for the previous two seasons, assisting in all aspects with the program. Before Presbyterian Young spent three seasons at North Florida as the director of operations and was an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan in 2013-14.

“Frank is a star,” Kerns said in a statement. “He had a stellar playing career but has now transitioned into a very good coach who understands what it takes to play at the highest level.”

Fey brings experience on the operational front to the High Country. He served as the director of operations at Presbyterian in 2018-19 under Kerns. Fey also worked as a graduate assistant at Jacksonville University for two seasons, assisting with all aspects of basketball operations.

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