David McGreal was hired over the summer as the new head coach of its men’s basketball program. McGreal becomes the sixth head coach in the Division III era of the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball program, which began with the team’s first season as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1998-1999.
McGreal has posted a successful fifteen-year track record as a basketball coach, ascending the ranks from high school to junior college to the NCAA Division III level. He was most recently the associate head coach at LaGrange College (GA), where he spent five seasons and helped guide the Panthers to three consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.
With the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball squad expected to return a strong core of upperclassmen for the 2016-2017 season, and with the Adler Athletic Complex renovation and construction of a new gymnasium on the horizon, McGreal embraces the opportunity presented to him.
“While I know that it will be challenging coming in as a new coach in a new league where I will be learning on the fly, I am confident that the returning players – especially the seniors – will aid me in that transition immensely. It is not often that a coach inherits a team that has its leading scorer, leading rebounder, leading assist man, leader in steals, and leading bench scorer all returning, so I feel lucky to have such experience coming back. I am excited about the possibilities for not only next year, but for the future of Penn State Altoona basketball,” McGreal stated. “I am also very lucky to come into a program where the administration is all in with its support of the athletic programs. That is evident with the investment in the construction going on at the Adler Athletic Complex right now. When it is finished, we will have one of the nicest complexes in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference to help aid in all athletics recruiting.”