Pitt has announced the hiring of Sam Ferry to join the basketball coaching staff this afternoon. Ferry comes to Pitt after working as an assistant coach at Monmouth University the past four seasons.
Ferry is familiar with head coach Kevin Stallings as he worked as a team manager and then Director of Video Operations for Vanderbilt from 2007-2011 before taking a job at Monmouth.
Ferry was on the coaching staff of a very successful Monmouth basketball program in recent history. He has worked under King Rice, one of the hottest young names in coaching currently. The Hawks have reeled off a 55-15 record over the past two seasons while capturing two regular season MAAC titles. Rice said this about Ferry in his Monmouth bio.
“Sam is a star in the making," stated Rice, who worked alongside Ferry with the Commodores. "He is a very energetic young man that can mentor and teach young men."
Last year, Ferry was named to Under Armor’s 30-under 30 team, which recognized the top 30 assistant coaches under the age of 30. His youth and experience working in the Northeast will be expected to be his benefits on the recruiting end of the business. Ferry is here to replace Jeremy Ballard, who left to take a job at VCU last month.
In the release by Pitt this afternoon, head coach Kevin Stallings said this about his new hire.
“Sam is a tireless worker on the court and on the recruiting trail,” said Stallings. “He has established great recruiting ties across the Northeast and down into Virginia. His energy and enthusiasm for the game of basketball are infectious and his ability to connect with players is impressive. Sam is an outstanding addition to our staff and will make a significant impact as we build our program here at Pitt.”
Pitt has somewhere between five and seven roster to fill before next season. Ferry will be expected to go to work right away on the recruiting front, as Pitt has much work to do on a roster for next season.