October 27, 2010

Mortimer joins Lyndon coaching staff

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Joe Krupinski, head coach of the Lyndon men's basketball program, has announced the hiring of Denny Mortimer, a 2010 graduate of Lock Haven University, as assistant men's basketball coach beginning with the 2010-11 season.

A native of Silver Springs, Md., Mortimer spent two years at Mansfield (Pa.) University before transferring to Lock Haven. In two seasons with the Bald Eagles, he experienced a tremendous amount of success within a very short time.

In 2006, he competed in only14 games due to an injury, but bounced back a year later with a strong senior season. As a starter in 22 of 26 games played in 2007, Mortimer scored 366 points and averaged a career total of 9.1 points-per-game. According to Lock Haven Coach Jack Wilson, "Denny brought an aggressive aspect to the game and was a dominate force on defense."

In addition to his exploits at LHU, Mortimer also coached the Bellefont Running Rebels Under-16 AAU basketball team and had a short stint in the Eastern Basketball Alliance, competing for the Elmira Bulldogs during the winter of 2008-09. 

Under Krupinski, Mortimer hopes to forge a career in basketball, a game that has been a major part of his life since his youth.

"Lyndon is the place that has given me an opportunity to do what I have always wanted to do," he said. "My goal is to help young men establish themselves in life and help them place their goals within reach. I have been around basketball my whole life. I grew up in a recreation center in Wheaton, Md. so the game has always been a big part of my life."

Mortimer will assist Krupinski in several of the day-to-day tasks within the Hornet program including player relations, recruiting, uniform inventory and on-floor teaching.

"My primary goal is to establish communication with the players and several recruits," he said. "Most of my on-floor responsibilities will center on working with the big men and hopefully I will be involved in the teaching of team defense. Beyond that, I would like to be involved in helping boost attendance and putting on a few halftime events."

According to Mortimer, the key to success in basketball is defense. This is something he is very dedicated to and feels that his expertise in this area will help Lyndon become a force within the North Atlantic Conference.

"I am definitely a defensive coach," he said. "I feel defense is what wins ball games and at this level not many teams play good defense. That's my mindset. I'm very passionate about and I've worked hard at it.

"In my life I've had to overcome a few obstacles and I've succeeded in some things," he continued. "I think success is contagious and hopefully some of that will catch on with our players."