Pat Duquette became the eighth coach in the history of the UMass Lowell men’s basketball program on May 16, 2013. He guided the River Hawks through their inaugural year of NCAA Division I competition as the newest members of the America East Conference, accumulating a 10-18 overall record, including an 8-8 mark in league games, for an impressive debut. The team improved in his second year to a record of 12-17 with out of conference wins against Fordham, Boston University, Sacred Heart, and NJIT.
After going just 1-11 to open 2013-14, Duquette’s squad hit its stride during the latter part of the season. The River Hawks put together a three-game conference win streak from January 5-15 to spark the turnaround en route to finishing the year on a 9-7 run. In his first season at the helm, Duquette coached a pair of America East All-Conference selections, as Akeem Williams received Second Team honors and Antonio Bivins was named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year and Third-Team All-Conference. In recognition of his first-year successes at UMass Lowell, Duquette was named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year Award. Read more about Pat here.
Nick Leonardelli is in his second year on the UMass Lowell staff in 2014-15. He previously held the Manager of Basketball Operations title for the Bucknell Bisons for two seasons. While at Bucknell, the program set a two-year school record with 53 wins.
Leonardelli was in charge of coordinating team travel, compliance, film exchange, coordinating events, post game analysis, purchasing and other day-to-day team logistics. He was also head of administrative duties with the program’s summer camps and annual summer golf fundraiser.
During Leonardelli’s two years with the Bison’s, the basketball program won the Patriot League Regular Season Championship in back-to-back seasons (2012, 2013) and made two Tournament finals appearances, winning in 2013.
Biko Paris, who enters his second year at UMass Lowell in 2014-15, joined the River Hawks coaching staff following a four-year career at Boston College and a one-year stint as a professional in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Over the course of his four years, Boston College went 72-52 and went to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, where the Eagles lost to USC (52-55) in the Midwest Regional; and the NIT in 2010-11, where they defeated McNeese State (82-64) but fell to Northwestern (85-67) in the second round.
A native of New Orleans, La., Paris lives in Lowell, Mass.
Louis Hinnant, Jr. is in his first year at UMass Lowell as the director of basketball operations in 2014-15. Hinnant has played professional basketball overseas since graduating from Boston College in 2006.
The point guard played professionally for teams based in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Finland and Sweden from 2006-14. In 2010, Hinnant helped lead his Hungarian Basketball League squad to a 24-0 start, in addition to regular-season and tournament championships. That season, he was selected to the All-Hungarian League First Team and the All-Import First Team, as well as being named Guard of the Year and a League All-Star. Hinnant also experienced a championship-winning season with his team out of Weissenfels, Germany in 2012.
A four-year team member at Boston College, Hinnant started 122-126 games played, averaging 29.2 minutes, 5.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He netted a career-high 20 points in the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament championship game against Duke (3.12) prior to earning All-Tournament Second Team honors.
A native of Oxon Hills, Maryland, Hinnant graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from BC in May 2006.
O’Shea enters his first season with the River Hawk men’s basketball program, as he was named director of basketball operations on May 29, 2015 by Head Coach Pat Duquette. His first day of work at UMass Lowell will be June 14th.
O’Shea, who boasts over 25 years of coaching experience including a historic stint at Saint Michael’s College, joins the River Hawks after serving as Assistant Athletic Director and boys’ basketball coach at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont.
O’Shea spent 21 seasons at Saint Michael’s as both an assistant and head coach. In his 13 years at the helm, he became the Purple Knights’ all-time leader in career wins with 176. Under his direction, the team achieved three straight 20-win seasons (1999-2001), a first in school history, in addition to making two NCAA Tournament appearances, and winning an ECAC Championship and two Northeast-10 Conference Tournament titles. During the 2000-01 season, Saint Michael’s reached the Sweet 16 of the Division II NCAA Tournament, establishing a new school record with 27 victories. In 1999, he was named New England Division II Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Northeast-10 Coach of the Year and Northeast Regional Coach of the Year, as well.
After moving on from Saint Michael’s to St. Johnsbury Academy, O’Shea continued to coach, but also took on an administrative role as an Assistant AD. In that position, he managed all of the fall and spring sports by scheduling officials, coordinating field setup, and supervising student workers and ticket sales. He also assisted in the coach interviewing/evaluation process for a variety of teams. As the boys’ basketball coach in 2012-13, he guided the team to a 23-1 record and an appearance in the Division I State Championship.
O’Shea is a 1986 graduate of the University of Vermont. A hard-working guard, he was awarded the Sunderland Award as Vermont’s outstanding senior-athlete in 1986, and was also honored as the first recipient of the Tom O’Shea Award, which is awarded annually to a Vermont player who exhibits the strongest commitment and dedication to the Catamount program. He received his master’s degree in education from his alma mater in 1990.