June 23, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's assistant basketball coach Doug Overton has resigned in order to become an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets, it was announced today by Hawks' head coach Phil Martelli.
Overton, the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Famer and former NBA player, had just completed his second year on Martelli's staff at Saint Joseph's.
"This opportunity came and was hard to pass up because it's the NBA and the chance to coach at the highest level. It's always been a goal of mine to coach at that level," said Overton. "I believe the time I spent here at Saint Joseph's has definitely prepared me for this. The things Phil allowed me to do here really honed my skills and I am very appreciative".
"I am delighted for Doug and his family. His impact on our program with his excellent teaching ability, and unmatched class and dignity, will allow our program to grow and prosper," said Martelli. "Doug has made many friends in his short time on Hawk Hill and he will be missed".
He came to SJU in May of 2006 after working 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.
Overton enjoyed an 11-year career in the NBA, playing for eight different teams, including the Nets, while 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.
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.