UMES names 2 new basketball coaches

Lessett replaces Trotter

Batchelor will lead women


April 03, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore launched a new era in athletics yesterday with the hiring of three head coaches, Lawrence Lessett Jr. for men's basketball, Fred Batchelor II for women's basketball and Alex Temkin for women's volleyball.

Lessett, who replaces Thomas Trotter, has nearly 30 years of experience at every level, most recently as a global scout for Magic Johnson International Basketball. He has also been the head coach of the Magic City Snowbears of the International Basketball Association and at Hiwassee College.

He has worked with numerous college teams, including Loyola Marymount, and has a career coaching record of 182-95. He has coached 10 NBA players, including Johnson.

"We've got a lot of work ahead of us and I have some very high expectations for our program," Lessett said. "I can't wait to get started."

Batchelor is leaving Elizabeth City State after two seasons in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He also coached at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, leading the team to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2002.

He replaces Surina Dixon, who resigned last month.

"This is a challenging experience for myself and the players. We must appreciate the opportunity," Batchelor said. "I am looking forward to what we are going to accomplish."

Temkin comes to UMES from American International College, where he compiled a 35-25 record over two seasons.

UMES athletic director Nelson Townsend said the school, an athletic power at its level from the 1950s through the early 1980s, has recently "veered from our course. Today, we are making a step in returning that era."

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