Messinger Promoted to Postgraduate Basketball Associate Head Coach
Press Release for July 24, 2017
Thomas Messinger has been promoted from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach in a move announced by Head Coach & Program Director Lee Martin.
"I'm excited to announce the promotion of Coach Messinger. He's someone who has a deep understanding of who we are and what we want to do as a program. His ability to coach on the court, but also cultivate relationships off the court and in the recruiting process are invaluable assets to Hargrave," commented Martin.
Messinger is entering his sixth season overall with Hargrave, including the past two as an assistant coach on the postgraduate team. During those two years, Hargrave compiled a 90-3 cumulative record, saw 34 players sign basketball scholarships, reached a national Final Four, and captured Hargrave's third National Championship in 2016. The team also broke school records for wins in a season (47) and points scored in a game (163).
"It's truly an honor to be affiliated with this program in any capacity," Messinger said. "This program and this school are so special, and I'm thankful to Coach Martin for trusting me with this elevated position. I'm eager to get to work in this new capacity and continue the winning tradition of Hargrave basketball."
Prior to his time with the postgraduate team, Messinger served as Hargrave's Head Varsity Coach for two seasons. During his tenure, Messinger established a modern-era school record for varsity wins in a season (19) and collected Virginia Independent Conference Coach of the Year as well as Hargrave's O.B. Teague Coach of the Year honors. Messinger served as Hargrave's Director of Admissions during that same period.
Before arriving at Hargrave, Messinger obtained a Master's degree in Teaching from Smith College in 2012, following a successful playing career at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Messinger was honored as Team MVP and a Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Star during his senior season and finished his career, second in conference history in both career 3-point field goals made (252) and career 3-point field goal percentage (44%). Messinger graduated from Emerson in 2011 with a degree in Marketing, while earning President's List and Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Academic honors along the way. A Northampton, Massachusetts native, Messinger starred at Northampton High School before attending Deerfield Academy for a post-graduate year in 2007, earning Team MVP, All-League and All-Region honors during his high school years.