(WTNH)–A new era has begun at Central Connecticut State University. Longtime head men’s basketball coach Howie Dickenmann retired after last season, and now former UConn star and NBA player Donyell Marshall is running the show.
This is Marshall’s first head coaching job after several stops as an assistant. He’ll have his work cut out for him. The Blue Devils are young, with six freshmen and two sophomores on the 14-man roster.
Marshall says the transition from assistant to head coach has been a smooth one so far.
“The kids have been very receptive. They come in the office, they talk all the time, ask a lot of questions,” he said. “When the kids do that, you know they’re feeling comfortable with you, and that is always a good sign.”
“He’s been in our shoes, so he knows all the advice to give us. He’s been through it. He tells us what to do and what not to do, how to see situations and work things out before they happen,” said senior guard Khalen Cumberlander.
The Blue Devils open the season November 11th at home against the University of Hartford.