PITTSBURGH, Pa.–A pair of out-of-towners are ready to take on changing times at Pitt-Greensburg and guide the basketball programs in a new direction.
After the turbulent departures of men’s coach Sean Strickland and women’s coach Erin Eaton — their positions were opened in May after both coached seven seasons — the teams are under fresh leadership.
New men’s coach Brody Jackson has been living in a UPG dorm room for the past few weeks, transplanted from his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
He was an assistant at Mt. Union for the past six years. He likes the Cleveland Browns, yes. But he also likes the challenge of taking over a new program.
“It’s like being an 18-year-old all over again,” said Jackson, 31. “I’m hoping to get into an apartment (this week). I have a million plans I want to put in place.”
Hayley Schaetzle, meantime, has moved into town from New York to take over the women’s team. A native of Chico, Calif., she was the women’s basketball director of operations at Buffalo after serving as an assistant at Penn State Behrend, which, like UPG, plays in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
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