Fairley joins Norfolk State basketball staff

norfolk stateNorfolk State men’s basketball head coach Robert Jones announced today that Leonard Fairley has officially joined the program as an interim assistant coach for the 2018-19 season. Fairley has been heavily involved with the Spartans dating back to his days as a student manager.

“As we searched to fill our third assistant coach position, we eventually decided to keep it in-house due to several different factors,” Jones said after extending the interim title to Fairley. “He has been with the program as a student manager, video coordinator and jack of all trades for almost a decade. In the coaching profession, someone has given each and every one of us a chance. Here is Leonard’s!”

Fairley originally spent three years as a student manager from 2011-14, assisting coaches with practices, video recording, film exchange, and travel and equipment. He continued to volunteer with the program from 2014-18, overseeing other managers, video and film exchange.

As a volunteer, Fairley also continued to assist with practice, travel and equipment on a weekly basis as well as with the team’s summer camps. He also served as a bench assistant during games, both home and away, charting various plays and stats for the coaching staff.

“No one knows the ins and outs of this program and university better than Leonard,” added Jones. “He has seen the highs and the lows of the program. Therefore, he will be given a chance this year and evaluated at the end of the season.”

NSU returns five players who saw time on the court last year along with six newcomers and three redshirt players. The program is also expected to release its 2018-19 schedule in the next week or so.

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