May 9, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Famer and former NBA player Doug Overton has been named assistant men's basketball coach at Saint Joseph's University, it was announced by head coach Phil Martelli. Overton replaces Monte Ross, who left after 10 years at SJU to become head coach at the University of Delaware.
Overton spent the past season as the director of player development for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he assisted the coaching and scouting staffs and was involved with the team's community outreach programs.
He enjoyed an 11-year career in the NBA, playing for eight different teams, concluding his career with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2003-04. Originally a second-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in the 1991 NBA Draft, Overton began his career with Washington in 1992 and also played for Denver, Orlando, New Jersey, Boston, Charlotte Hornets and the 76ers (1996-98, 1998-99). The point guard played in 499 games, averaging 4.5 points and 2.1 assists during his career.
Overton was a standout at La Salle University, earning All-Big 5 and All-MAAC first team honors for three consecutive years from 1988 to 1991. The 6-3 guard helped the Explorers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, while averaging a team-high 22.3 points per game during his senior season in 1991. He is the Explorers' all-time leader in career assists (671) and steals (277) and ranks 11th on the school's career scoring list with 1,795 points.
"In hiring assistant coaches, I look for the combination of charisma, work ethic and basketball knowledge. Doug Overton embodies all of these aspects. Doug's addition to our staff of Mark Bass and Mike Rice allow me to confidently state that it is my pleasure to work with the number one staff in the Atlantic 10. All three coaches truly believe in the future of Saint Joseph's basketball," said Martelli, who will be entering his 12th season in 2006-07.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity to begin my coaching career. I don't think there's a better place in the country to start, under a great coach like Phil Martelli and with a great program like Saint Joseph's. It makes it even sweeter that this opportunity comes in my hometown," said Overton.
A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Dobbins Tech, he was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1997. He is also a member of La Salle's Hall of Athletes.