Boyle named Cobleskill assistant
COBLESKILL — SUNY Cobleskill Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jake Scott recently announced that the Fighting Tigers have added two new members to the program’s coaching staff for the upcoming season that will be familiar names to Capital Region basketball fans.
Joining the Cobleskill staff this season will be former SUNY Ulster Head Coach Justin Maxwell who was a Suburban Council All-Star and team Most Valuable Player at Guilderland High School during his playing days and recent Fighting Tiger graduate and four-year team member Devin Boyle from Johnstown, where he was an all-conference selection for Johnstown High School.
According to Coach Scott the additions of Maxwell and Boyle should pay big dividends for the program.
“We are very lucky to have a coach as experienced as Justin joining our program. He was a very successful coach at the NJCAA level, and his recruiting connections locally will greatly benefit us,” he said in a news release. “We are also very happy that Devin has chosen to stay with us as an assistant coach. Devin has played a major role in the growth of our program over the past four years. He has a great insight for the game, and we expect him to help our new player’s transition into the program.”
Boyle will begin his basketball coaching career at his alma mater after playing four seasons with the Fighting Tigers appearing in 83 games during his playing career.
During his time playing for Cobleskill, Boyle averaged 6.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 38.1 percent, from the floor including 36.9 percent from 3-point range. The Johnstown native also closed his career by connecting on the most three-point field goals in a single game made by a player at the NCAA Division III level when he connected for 10-3-pointers as part of a 36-point Senior Day effort versus Lancaster Bible College at home on Feb. 22, 2020.
After his outstanding prep career, coach Maxwell walked-on at Division I Siena College in Loudonville, where he played from 2005-07 and was a part of the Saints squad that reached the 2007 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game.
He then transferred to Division III Utica College in Utica, where he helped lead the Pioneers to a 35-23 record over the next two seasons. During his senior year, he led the Empire 8 Athletic Conference in three-point field goal shooting percentage as Utica advanced to the conference semifinals.
Upon graduation from Utica, with his degree in Public Administration, Maxwell joined the coaching staff at Canisius College in Buffalo, where he served as a graduate assistant in the Golden Griffin program while earning his master’s degree in Sports Administration. Upon graduation he joined the coaching staff at Hilbert College in Hamburg, where he spent two years as an assistant in the Hawks program.
In 2015, coach Maxwell began a five-year run as the head coach at NJCAA Division II member SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, N.Y. where he took a perennial losing program to four NJCAA Region 15 Championship Tournament appearances highlighted by the 2017-18 season when he led the Senators to the NJCAA Division II Region 15 Championship and the Eastern District Championship which qualified Ulster for a bid to the 2018 NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.
Depending on the current pandemic, SUNY Cobleskill is slated to begin its first year of membership in the North Atlantic Conference in 2020-21 in the league’s Western Division when play starts. The Fighting Tigers had spent their previous 12 seasons as members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) finishing the 2019-20 season with a 16-9 overall record including a 10-6 mark in league play.