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Skerry headed to Towson

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Pitt has lost another assistant to a head coaching job.

Pat Skerry, after one season at Pitt, will be introduced Tuesday as the new head coach at Towson University.

Skerry is the fifth Pitt assistant under coach Jamie Dixon in the past six years to get a promotion to head coach, following Barry Rohrssen (Manhattan), Joe Lombardi (IUP), Mike Rice (Robert Morris/Rutgers) and Tom Herrion (Marshall).

Skerry, 41, is leaving in pursuit of his first Division I head coaching job. Prior to Pitt, he worked as an assistant at Providence, Rhode Island, William & Mary and Northeastern. He was a head coach at Division III Curry (Mass.) College in the mid-1990s, when, at the time, he was the second-youngest head coach in the nation at 26.

Skerry, a highly-regarded recruiter with numerous ties in the northeast, was the primary recruiter for Khem Birch, a McDonald’s All-American who signed a binding national letter-of-intent in November.

Skerry will replace Pat Kennedy, who resigned after seven seasons.

Towson went 4-26 last season, including 0-18 in the Colonial Athletic Association, and closed out the season on a 19-game losing streak. But the school, located outside Baltimore, is building a new $68 million arena and competes in the same league that produced recent NCAA Tournament surprises VCU and George Mason.

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