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Montgomery College Names Head Men’s Basketball Coaches  at Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Rockville Campuses

Montgomery College has hired Chris DeFelice as head coach of the new Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus men’s basketball program. DeFelice comes to Montgomery College from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where he was the assistant head coach from 2005-2009. The College also named former Villanova standout James Bryson as the head coach of its Rockville men’s basketball team. MC supports men’s basketball programs at all three campuses.

“The hiring of Chris DeFelice as the Takoma Park/Silver Spring head men’s basketball coach will give us a great start, and we should be very competitive this season,” said Mark Crutchfield, collegewide athletic director. “Chris has a lot of college coaching experience and the passion to lead our student athletes in a positive way.” DeFelice’s first recruiting class at UDC in 2006 resulted in a 19-win increase, the third largest increase in NCAA Division II history. It was also the first 20-win season at UDC since their 1982 Division II national championship. During his tenure at UDC, 17 of 19 seniors graduated. DeFelice graduated from Division I Tulane University in 1998. As a student athlete with the Green Wave, his team went to the 1995 NCAA Tournament second round and the 1996 National Invitation Tournament Final Four. Bryson, who spent last season as the associate head coach at Prince George’s Community College, takes over a Rockville team that won the 2011 Region XX crown before falling to top-ranked Davidson in the district championship. He was an assistant coach at MC-Germantown for three years from 2007 through 2010. During his tenure at MC-Germantown, the Gryphons advanced to the Division III nationals, won two Region XX championships, a District 7 title and averaged 22 wins per season.

“Coach Bryson brings a great deal of experience to MC-Rockville having coached within our league for over four years,” Crutchfield said. “He will give MC-Rockville a great advantage and the ability to continue building from last year’s successful championship season.”  During his four seasons as a student athlete at Villanova, Bryson became one of the top post players in school history, ranking in the top 15 in rebounding and blocked shots. After graduating with a degree in communications arts, Bryson played professionally for 11 seasons in Europe. In 1999, while playing in France, Bryson averaged a career-best 23.8 points per game and 11.8 rebounds and earned league most valuable player honors.

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