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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 12, 2014 9:40 am

Geoff Hensley Named Thomas Head Men's Basketball Coach

WATERVILLE, ME – Thomas College Athletic Director David Roussel ’93 has announced the hiring of Geoff Hensley as the head men’s basketball coach. Hensley takes over the Terrier program from Dick Whitmore who served in an interim capacity since mid-February.

Hensley comes to Thomas after serving as an assistant coach at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky for the past two seasons. As a member of the Colonel’s coaching staff, he helped the team post a two-year record of 44-11 with a pair of Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championships and two trips to the NCAA Tournament. At Centre, Hensley served as the Recruiting Coordinator, Co-Director of Summer Basketball Camps, and the head coach of the junior varsity program.

“We are pleased to have Coach Hensley join the Thomas coaching staff and College Community,” adds Roussel. “He will bring a great knowledge and passion for the game of basketball, and we look forward to him developing our young men on and off the court.”

Prior to his stint at Centre, Hensley was an assistant at Springfield College for two seasons where he helped guide the Pride to a 32-21 record, including a trip to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship.

Hensley played four years of collegiate basketball for former Thomas Head Coach Paul Booth at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. During his four seasons, Hensley amassed 1,200 points and 400 assists, while being a four year starter, two year captain, three time Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) first team selection, and the 2003 GNAC Rookie of the Year. He also helped lead the Cadets to two GNAC Championships and the first NCAA Tournament victory in the programs history.

“I am extremely honored and excited for this tremendous opportunity to be the men’s basketball coach at Thomas College,” says Hensley. “I want to thank President Laurie Lachance and David Roussel, along with the entire search committee, for all the time and consideration they gave to me. I am eager to be a part of the Thomas College community and help guide the men’s basketball team in the right direction.”

Hensley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with minors in English and Spanish from Norwich University in 2006, while going on to earn a Masters of Education Degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College in 2012. After graduating from Norwich University Hensley served four years in the United States Navy as a Naval Officer, doing tours of duty on the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) and the USS DOYLE (FFG 39).

“The Thomas basketball program will begin moving in the right direction immediately. Our team will have great effort, great enthusiasm, great intelligence and great unselfishness,” adds Hensley. “We have a ton of potential to accomplish great feats and it starts right now for us to get there.”
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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue May 13, 2014 8:43 am

Thomas hires Hensley as next coach
The former assistant at Centre College in Kentucky is the Terriers’ fourth men’s basketball coach in a little more than a year.

WATERVILLE — New Thomas College men’s basketball coach Geoff Hensley is excited to take the next step in his college basketball career in New England, where it started. “I played college basketball in New England,” he said. “I know how big basketball is in Maine. When I saw a Division III head coaching job open in Maine I had to jump at it. Thomas has a ton of potential. I’m so excited for this opportunity.”...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:54 am

Men's Basketball 2014-15 Season Preview

The Thomas men's basketball program has seen a lot of change since they took the court last season. They welcome in new head coach Geoff Hensley to the program, as he looks to take the Terrier basketball back to the top of the North Atlantic Conference. Hensley comes from Centre College, where he helped the team make to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. Coach Hensley brings a lot of energy and passion to the program, and a vision of what to expect from Terrier players this season.

"We will play a fast, up-tempo, exciting style of basketball based on great teamwork and unselfishness" Hensley commented. Hensley went on to state, "We are very optimistic and realistic this year. We understand this is a process and we will have our ups and downs. But we are committed to staying together, being a band of brothers on and off the court, and out-working everyone in sight. In order to get where we want to, we must deserve victory. To deserve victory, we must be upstanding young men on and off the court and have a tremendous work ethic that is second to none".

Thomas finished the season last year 11-15. The 11 conference wins from last season ties the most ever in school history. The Terriers return leading scorer Levi Barnes, a First Team All-Conference selection last season and former Rookie of the Year, who averaged 17.0 PPG and 3.4 RPG this past year.

Other key returners for the Terriers are senior Eric Westbrooks, who averaged 7.0 PPG and 4.3 RPG while missing a number of games due to injuries. Senior forwards Mike Akanji and Shaun Munson have improved each year at Thomas and will continue to work hard to help the team in the frontcourt.

Junior guards Adam Carlsen and Justin Murray will have an increased role in the rotation this season, and will continue bringing a spark and toughness to both ends of the floor as reliable shooters and scrappy defenders. Sophomore point guard Ian King has made great strides this off-season and will be counted on for a bigger impact on the court this year.

The Terriers welcome a big freshmen class that includes ten newcomers to the roster with backcourt additions Sam Brown (Bangor, Maine), Alex Campbell (Bangor, Maine), Jordan Greenleaf (Messalonskee, Maine), Myles Houston (Fontana, Calif.), DayShawn Roberts (Augusta, Maine) and Branden Robinson (Boston, Mass.), while the frontcourt adds Owen Brown (Waterville, Maine), Michael Chambers (Orono, Maine), Brandon Johnson (Bath, Maine) and Ke'mauree Williams (Boston, Mass.).

Coach Hensley brings in a completely new coaching staff for the Terriers this season with three additions to his staff. Tim Goodearle joins Thomas after one year as an assistant for New England College. Kurtis Bixby joins after a four-year collegiate career at Anna Maria College, before which having played at Lawrence High School. Former Thomas player Marquis Pollard (2010-14) rounds out the coaching staff.

"We have a passionate, hungry and hard-working coaching staff. I couldn't be more pleased with each of our coaches. They have a sincere desire to help the program in any way they can", says Coach Hensley.

The Terriers open up their regular season with the Charlie Ryan Tip-Off Classic, in honor of Thomas Basketball alum Charlie Ryan ('77), with Pine Manor on Saturday, November 15th and Norwich University on Sunday, November 16th.

With the challenging schedule, Coach Hensley concluded, "We have an extremely tough schedule. We will do our best to prepare each and every day to go to battle and do our best. We will need your support more than ever. I encourage all fans, alumni, students and parents to come to as many games this year as you can. It will be an exciting and thrilling season, and we would love to have you be with us for every step of the journey".
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:54 am

Men's Basketball Picked Sixth in NAC Preseason Poll

WATERVILLE, ME - The North Atlantic Conference preseason men's basketball coaches poll was released today, and the Thomas men's team is projected to finish in sixth place. The Terriers received 53 points, finishing just two points behind the University of Maine at Farmington.

Husson University was selected as the top team in the poll. The Eagles received a total of 97 points, including seven of the ten first place votes. Castleton State College was voted second with 79 points and two first place votes, while Colby-Sawyer College came in a close third with 78 points, Lyndon State College claimed fourth with 62 points and the University of Maine at Farmington was selected fifth after receiving 55 points to round out the top billing.

Thomas (11-15, 11-7 NAC last season), under the guidance of first-year head coach Geoff Hensley, return two starters in junior Levi Barnes and senior Eric Westbrooks from last season along with five other upperclassmen and add a ten-man freshman class to the roster. Thomas will play Colby College, Regis, and a Division I opponent in the University of New Hampshire in preparation of their conference schedule.

Seven of the ten NAC men's basketball teams will kick off their quest for the 2014-15 conference title this weekend. The top six teams in the 2014-15 regular-season conference standings will qualify for the conference tournament, which gets underway Tuesday, February 24, with quarterfinal action between seeds 3-6. The top two seeds will earn a buy in the first round and will take on the two quarterfinal winners in the semifinals on Friday, February 27. The two semifinal victors will battle for the NAC championship on Saturday, February 28.

Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head men's basketball coaches.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:55 am

Thomas Wins Season Opener 88-81 Over Pine Manor in Charlie Ryan Classic

WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas men's basketball team outscored Pine Manor 53-41 in the second half to come from behind for the 88-81 victory on opening night in the Charlie Ryan Classic this evening from Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.

Junior Levi Barnes led all players with 35 points on 13-21 shooting, including 3-5 from three-point range and 6-8 from the foul line in 38 minutes played. Barnes also added eight rebounds as the Terriers controlled the glass 44-27 over the Gators.

In the first half the Terriers turned the ball over 16 times, giving the Gators extra possessions that led to them putting up nine more shots. Thomas held a nine point lead with 4:28 to play in the half, but Pine Manor went on a scoring spurt to give them a 40-35 lead at the half. Junior Adam Carlsen provided a boost off the bench as he scored eight points in 10 minutes of play for the Terriers. Chauncie Williams and Brannon Shaw led the Gators with eight points each in the first half.

Thomas got aggressive in the second half, as they attacked the basket and got to the foul line 19 times, making 18 of those. They also cut the turnovers in half, committing just eight. Senior Eric Westbrooks scored nine of his 11 points in the second half to help Thomas pull away from Pine Manor down the stretch. Barnes put in 19 of his 35 and Carlsen added another 10 to give him 18 for the game. Williams led the Gators with 17 points.

Freshman Brandon Johnson helped seal the victory late with a dunk on an assist from Ian King off of a fast break opportunity. Johnson finished with a team-leading 10 rebounds.

With the win, Geoff Hensley gets his first win as head coach for Thomas. Pine Manor falls in their first ever game as a men's basketball program.

The Thomas men's basketball team will look to secure their second victory on day two of the Charlie Ryan Classic, as they will take on Norwich, a 103-84 winner in game one tonight over the University of Maine at Machias. Tip-off is set for 2pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:56 am

Thomas Defeated by Norwich 68-64 on Final Day of Charlie Ryan Classic

WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas men's basketball team lost a close battle with Norwich 68-64 on the final day of the Charlie Ryan Classic this afternoon from Larry Mahaney Gymnasium. The Terriers shot just 25-67 (37.3%) on the day while the Cadets hit on 28-56 (50%) of their attempts.

Thomas played strong early on, building a lead as large as 11 in the first half, but Norwich closed that gap down and only trailed by 28-26 at the half. Thomas played tough defensively, forcing 13 Cadet turnovers in the first half. Sophomore Ian King had four steals to lead the way, while junior Levi Barnes led with nine points at the break. Mike Hogervorst had eight to lead Norwich.

In the second half, the Cadets cut down on the turnovers and shot the ball very well from the field, as they connected on 17 of 29 shots, including four three pointers. Down the stretch, the game was nip and tuck as the lead changed three times in the final six minutes.

Senior Mike Akanji tipped home an offensive rebound to tie the game up at 64 with 1:30 to play, but Norwich closed out on a 4-0 run and shut down attempts by the Terriers to draw closer. Ryan Booth finished with a game-high 21 points off the bench for the Cadets, and Kevin Ross scored 15 also off the bench. Barnes led Thomas with 20. Senior Eric Westbrooks chipped in 13 before fouling out in the final minute, and junior Justin Murray also reached double-figures with 14.

Norwich held an edge on the boards 36-30 over Thomas while also blocking six shots. The Terriers only managed to attempt nine foul shots on the afternoon, making five.

The men's basketball team will have a short rest as they head out on the road Tuesday night to take on Division I opponent the University of New Hampshire. Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:48 am

It's no doubt for 'Cats vs. Thomas

DURHAM — Bill Herrion may have one of the youngest teams he’s had entering his 10th season as coach of the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats are inexperience.

Injuries forced Daniel Dion, Jaleen Smith, John Edwards, Wlliams Gabriel and Jacoby Armstrong to play a lot as freshmen during last season’s 6-24 campaign. With those guys a year older, the Wildcats are trying to mold together a strong start to this season.

“All those guys got thrown into the fire last year and they were forced to play major minutes, so I don’t even look as those guys as sophomores; they’ve got experience,” Herrion said. “I like our pieces.”

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:17 am

Thomas College men’s basketball team finds stability
The Terriers open the season with their fourth coach in 3 years

WATERVILLE — One of the biggest things Levi Barnes wanted out of the Thomas College men’s basketball team this season was stability. The head coach of the Terriers who would inherit the talented junior — and an all-North Atlantic Conference player as a sophomore — would be the fourth of Barnes’ college career. Just a few games into the season, Barnes knows the Terriers got the right leader in new head coach Geoff Hensley...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:02 am

Thomas Falls in NAC Opener to Husson

WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas men's basketball team could not hold onto their lead in the second half as Husson pulled away late for an 80-69 win in the North Atlantic Conference opener for both teams Tuesday evening. Junior Levi Barnes scored a game-high 34 points in defeat for Thomas.

The Terriers got off to a strong start in the first half, holding the Eagle offense to 27.8% shooting from the field and only 3 of 15 from three-point range. After a Justin Murray three-pointer Thomas held a 29-20 lead with 6:08 remaining in the half, but Husson closed that lead down to just five at the half, 41-36.

The Eagles made up for their poor shooting by knocking down 13 of 17 free throws.

The Terriers would increase their lead back to eight points early in the second half, but Husson went on a 13-2 run to take their first lead of the game, 51-48 with 14:17 remaining. Thomas would not get any closer than three points the rest of the way as the Eagles were able to hold off every run made by the Terriers.

Aaron Willis led Husson with 19 points on the night, going 10 of 10 from the free throw line. Trevon Butler chipped in a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Jacob Moore and Mitch Worcester each added 11 for the Eagles.

Barnes had 34 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead Thomas. Adam Carlsen recorded 12 points and Eric Westbrooks had eight points and eight rebounds in the losing effort for the Terriers, who shot 43.8% (28-64) but committed 22 turnovers that led to 31 Husson points. The Eagles made 29 of 37 foul shots on the night.

Thomas will now look to pick up their first NAC win on the road Friday night when they take on the Lyndon State Hornets at 7:30pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:16 am

Terriers Cruise Past Pilgrims 95-64

WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas men's basketball used a 51-24 second half to bury New England College 95-64 in a North Atlantic Conference contest on Friday night. Junior Adam Carlsen had a career-high 23 points, including seven three-pointers in the victory.

The first half was a seesaw battle as both teams played relatively close back and forth, with Thomas (5-7, 3-2 NAC) having the largest lead at 10 on two occasions. But the Pilgrims (6-6, 3-2) battled back both times and were within four at the break.

Junior Levi Barnes had 21 of his game-high 25 points in the half before being limited to just five second half minutes due to injury. Joe DeMadet led the Pilgrims with 10. Both teams shot very well from the free throw line, as the Terriers went 12-13 and the Pilgrims 10-10.

The Thomas defense clamped down in the second half, limiting New England College to just 24 points on 8-34 (23.5%) from the floor. The offense also heated up, knocking down 20-39 (51.3%) with seven three-pointers. Carlsen and Eric Westbrooks each had 12 apiece in the second half, and the bench added 18 points to seal the victory.

Overall the Terriers had three players in double-figures (Barnes 25, Carlsen 23, Westbrooks 16) and made 46% of the shots with 11 three-pointers. The Thomas defense also did its part, holding the Pilgrims to just 34% from the field.

Thomas will be back on the court on Saturday when they play host to Colby-Sawyer College at 3pm.
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