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Duquesne hires assistant basketball coach

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Former Cleveland State player Amadou "Pape" Koundoul joins Everhart's staff

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head men’s basketball coach Ron Everhart announced today that Amadou “Pape” Koundoul (AHM-ah-DOO “POP” Cahn-DOOL) has been named assistant coach. Koundoul replaces Greg Gary who resigned in the spring to accept an assistant position at Purdue University.

Koundoul, a native of Dakar, Senegal, played collegiately at Cleveland State. He was a member of Gary’s staff when Gary was the head coach at Centenary in 2009-10.

“Pape has experience as an assistant and head coach at a number of different levels ranging from prep school to college,” said Everhart. “That experience, combined with his skill in player development and his ability to motivate young men, will make him a real asset to our staff. I’m excited to have him contribute to Duquesne’s basketball success.”

The 31-year-old Dakar native, Koundoul spent this past year providing instruction for athletes here in the United States following a brief stint at UC Irvine in the late summer and early fall of 2010.

Koundoul served as an associate director and coach for Branch West Basketball Academy and recruiting service in Southern California before joining the staff at Centenary.

Prior to accepting the position at BWBA, Koundoul worked as a French and physical education instructor as well as a basketball coach at Saint Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Koundoul began his career as a graduate assistant and video coordinator on Mike Garland’s staff at his alma mater in 2005-06.

In August of 2006, Koundoul served as an associate head coach and physical education teacher at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, California where he helped the team to a No. 9 national ranking.

He moved on to Summit College Prep in Simi Valley in August of 2007 as head coach and partner before working at Saint Stanislaus.

“It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to coach at Duquesne University as well as in the Atlantic 10,” said Koundoul. “I’m looking forward to learning under coach Everhart and helping the basketball program continue to grow.”

Koundoul began his playing career at Vincennes (Ind.) University where he helped the Trailblazers to a 25-2 record in 2000-01. He was part of a conference championship team at Highland Community College (Ill.) in 2001-02 before enrolling at Cleveland State where his finished his playing career in 2004-05. He graduated from CSU in May 2005 with a communication degree.

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