Appalachian State Coach Basketball


Dustin Kerns, the new men's basketball coach at Appalachian State, announced his staff on Thursday.

Kerns, who was hired on March 28, has added Patrick Moynihan, Bob Szorc and Frank Young as his assistant coaches. He's also bringing in Bradley Fey as director of basketball operations. All four come from Presbyterian College, where Kerns coached for the last two seasons.

App State also announced that Jason Allison will remain with the program as the special assistant to the head coach. Allison came to App State in 2014 to serve as an assistant for former head coach Jim Fox. Allison was promoted to associate head coach before the 2018-19 season and even became the interim head coach after Fox was fired on March 15.

"Staff chemistry and alignment are critical, and we are very fortunate to have that here at Appalachian State with our coaching staff," Kerns said through a school-issued press release. "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."

Moynihan and Young worked under Kerns during both of his seasons with the Blue Hose. Presbyterian went from from 11 wins in 2017-18 to 20 wins in 2018-19. Szorc and Fey joined Kerns' staff for the latter season. 

The new staffers bring in ties to both the Sun Belt Conference and the greater southeast region.

Moynihan was a grad assistant at Troy in 2016-17 and worked at North Alabama the two previous seasons in the same capacity. Szorc worked as an assistant from Delta State, a Division-II school in Mississippi, from 2013 to 2017. Young played at West Virginia, where he graduated in 2007. Before joining Kerns in Clinton, S.C., he was the director of operations from North Florida for three seasons. Fey also brings Florida connections after serving as a grad assistant at Jacksonville University for two years before going to Presbyterian. 

The Mountaineers finished the 2018-19 season with a record of 11-21 and a tenth-place finish in Sun Belt competition. 

Here are the career highlights for all of Kerns' staff, provided by App State athletics:

Patrick Moynihan

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

No stranger to the Sun Belt, Moynihan was a graduate assistant at Troy for the 2016-17 season

At Troy, he helped spark a 13-win improvement, culminating in the Sun Belt Tournament title for the Trojans and a berth in the NCAA Tournament

Spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at North Alabama, helping the Lions go 16-13 in 2015-16

Held an assistant position at Buford High School in Buford, Ga. and with the Atlanta All-Stars AAU from 2013-14

Four-year letter winner at North Georgia, where he graduated with a degree in finance and management in 2013

Kerns on Moynihan: "Patrick is a rising star in coaching. He has a true passion and great coaching pedigree. He has a very good understanding and reputation in the recruiting world. He is great at building relationships and will develop our players both on and off the court. Coach Moynihan will be an outstanding fit here at App State."

Bob Szorc

Worked as an assistant under Kerns in 2018-19 at Presbyterian, seeing the Blue Hose win two games in the CIT

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

Served as head coach on the high school level at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Ill. and Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island, Ill.

Graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

Kerns on Szorc: "Bob is a coach's coach. 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. Coach Szorc will be a huge asset to our staff and players here at App State."

Frank Young

Served as an assistant with Kerns at Presbyterian for the previous two seasons, assisting in all aspects with the program

Spent three seasons at North Florida as the director of operations, helping the Ospreys qualify for the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and the NIT in 2016

Assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan in 2013-14

Played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (2007), Rotterdame Challengers (2008), Landstede Club (2008-09) and the Crailsheim Merlins (2010-11) over the course of five years

In four seasons at West Virginia, averaged 7.4 points in 125 career games. During his senior season, set a school record for 3-pointers made (117) and led the Mountaineers to the NIT championship while earning tournament MVP honors

Graduated from West Virginia in 2007 with a degree in marketing and earned his MBA from Florida Institute of Technology in 2013

Kerns on Young: "Frank is a star. 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. He has a great rapport with players and in recruiting. More importantly, Coach Young is a high-character person and will be a tremendous addition for our program."

Bradley Fey

Served as the director of operations at Presbyterian in 2018-19 under Kerns

Worked as a graduate assistant at Jacksonville University for two seasons, assisting with all aspects of basketball operations

Appeared in 89 games over four seasons at DePauw in Greencastle, Ind.

As a junior in 2014-15, helped the Tigers capture the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament title and earn a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament

Graduated from DePauw in 2016 with a degree in sociology and earned his master's in educational leadership from Jacksonville in 2018

Kerns on Fey: "Bradley was an integral part of our success at PC and we expect him to do the same here at App State. He handles a lot of behind the scenes things that may not be seen by the public, but is valuable and important to our program. We are thrilled about having Bradley Fey on the mountain with us."

Jason Allison

Promoted to associate head coach for the 2018-19 season, after serving as an assistant for the previous four seasons at Appalachian State

Responsible for the recruitment of three-time All-Sun Belt honoree Ronshad Shabazz

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

Also 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

Graduated from Liberty in 1999 with a degree in physical education and played three seasons for the Flames

Kerns on Allison: "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. 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."

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