March 10, 2011

Former MBB head coach Skip Werley to be inducted into Small College HOF

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Former Ursinus College head men's basketball coach Skip Werley will be inducted into the Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Monday night in a ceremony at the University of the Sciences. Werley, who will be the first Ursinus coach or player to be inducted, will join former Eastern College men's basketball player Antonie Harden as the Class of 2011.

Werley coached for seven years at Ursinus, compiling 99 wins. He took Ursinus to the NCAA tournament in 1980, which was the first appearance for the Bears in the championship tournament since 1946. In addition, he took a team that had finished 1-19 before he arrived in Collegeville, and finished 13-8 during his first season in 1977-78.

Werley made his mark during the 1980-81 season in which the Bears made an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals, before finishing in third place with a win over Otterbein. The Bears returned to the NCAA playoffs the following season, advancing to the quarterfinals.

Werley coached several individuals who have had successful coaching careers, including current Boston College head coach Steve Donahue and current Indiana Pacers assistant coach Jay DeFruscio. He also coached several 1,000 point scorers and an All-American. Werley left Ursinus after seven seasons to continue coaching at Springfield High School.