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New men's basketball team to start season Nov. 12

11/9/2011 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley will begin its Intercollegiate Men's Basketball program's inaugural season this Saturday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. at Penn State New Kensington. This is the first time in its history that the Lehigh Valley campus will field an intercollegiate men's basketball team.

"We are thrilled to bring a new dimension to Penn State Lehigh Valley athletics with this new men's basketball team," said Rich Fatzinger, coordinator of athletics at the Lehigh Valley campus. "As our campus continues to grow, we hope that this is just the beginning of the expansion of our athletic offerings."

The program will play a full schedule as members of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) which gives the team the opportunity to compete for conference and national championships.

The team is led by first-year head coach Dawud Abdur-Rahkman who brings his past experience as a former NCAA Division 1 assistant men's basketball coach at Howard University, former prep school coach, long-time grassroots youth recreation coach, and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball coach.

The team will play their first home game against Penn State Brandywine on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Southern Lehigh High School gymnasium.

For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or email aag18@psu.edu.

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