Navy basketball coach Billy Lange leaving for Villanova

Midshipmen coach spent seven seasons in Annapolis

May 09, 2011|By From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Billy Lange resigned as Navy basketball coach Monday to return to Villanova as an assistant on Jay Wright's staff, the Naval Academy announced Monday.

Lange resigned after seven seasons in Annapolis. He improved Navy's win total in his first five seasons, finishing 19-11 in 2009. But the Midshipmen went 13-17 and 11-20 the past two years.

Navy acknowledged Lange's resignation with a release on its website.

"To be associated with such a prestigious instituiton and be a part of the tradition, legacy and family of Navy basketball was a privilege," Lange said in a statement. "Seven years ago, we were tasked with a daunting mission; to re-establish a winning, passionate, committed culture. I can proudly say that Navy basketball is well respected within our conference, our region, and nationally. The program is poised for a great future."

Lange was coach of the year in the Patriot League in 2008.

Navy's director of athletics Chet Gladchuk said: "The Midshipmen who played for him have been outstanding representatives of the Brigade of Midshipmen and role models in the community. Navy Basketball reflects dedication, determination, passion, responsibility and class in large part due to the leadership Billy brought to Annapolis."

Lange served as director of basketball operations and assistant coach at Villanova from 2002 to 2004.

Amayo commits to Towson

New Towson coach Pat Skerry scored a recruiting coup when 6-foot-5, 210-pound combination guard Kelvin Amayo of Hillside, N.J., committed to the Tigers Monday.

Amayo picked Towson from a group of suitors that included Providence, Seton Hall and College of Charleston. He told that Skerry said he'd run the offense and become "the face of Towson."

"He just came in and did a great job recruiting me," Amayo said. "Before he even got the job, he came to the NIA gym and said he needed me. He said I'm going to probably play 33 minutes [per game] and I'll be the face of Towson, so I'd rather do that."

Amayo averaged 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals for NIA Prep, which has only a three-year history but already has produced some blue-chip recruits. Shaquille Thomas has been recruited to Cincinnati and Ryan Rhoomes to TCU off a team that went 26-7 and finished sixth nationally among prep schools this season.

Before attending NIA in Newark, Amayo had already played for Hillside High and St. Benedict's Prep.

"Kelvin is a special athlete who has experienced a lot in his young amateur career and has handled himself well through it all," NIA coach Rudy King said on "Sometimes we forget that these young men are still teenagers.

"Kelvin is a super athlete and is one of the best prospects I've ever coached. He is going to make all of the local programs look a little foolish for not signing him. He is hands down the best combo guard in New Jersey for the 2011 class."

Amay said he wanted to play the point at Towson, and rejected Seton Hall because it wanted him to play the wing.

"I don't really play on the wing like that," he said. "I want to play the point and the two-guard, not the wing."

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