Daytona Beach, Fla. (June 24, 2019) – After receiving applications from across the country and internationally, Daytona State College has selected Marty McCann as the Falcon's new men's basketball head coach. McCann, who spent the last five years at Palm Beach State College, brings valuable and successful two-year college experience as a head coach to Daytona State.
"We have high expectations when it comes to our student-athletes, both in the classroom and on the court," said Tom LoBasso, President of Daytona State. "Marty quickly rose to the top of our search based not only on his winning record, but on his leadership and experience and how he teaches and mentors his players. We're all excited for the new season to begin and anticipate great things from him and this team."
"I am eager to join the Daytona State College family and build upon an already great reputation of academics and athletics," said McCann. "I have always respected the Daytona State athletic program from the outside, and have considered it a premier job in college basketball. Go Falcons!"
"Marty did an excellent job during his campus visit and interview meetings. When I reached out to talk with folks that he had worked with, the same theme kept coming to the top of him being a team player, solid recruiter, committed to student academic success, and a strong focus on a winning program. I look forward to him joining our Falcon athletic team," said Will Dunne, Daytona State's Athletic Director.
In five years as the Palm Beach State College head coach, McCann turned the Panthers into one of the premier Junior College programs in the nation. Over five seasons, the Panthers won 109 games, including four 20-win seasons. During his tenure as the Panthers head coach, McCann watched many of his students earn accolades and move into the 4-year level. The Panthers produced 31 All-Southern Conference players, 4 All-Region 8 selections, 4 Region 8 All-Tournament selections, 1 FCSAA Southern Conference Player of the Year, 2 Basketball Times Magazine Preseason All-Americans and 1 NJCAA All-American. McCann has seen 32 of his players sign to play at the 4-year institutions, with 21 moving into the NCAA Division I level. Some of the schools include Tulane, Baylor, Stephen F. Austin, Illinois State, New Mexico State, among others. McCann has seen five former players go on to play professionally in various countries including Sweden, New Zealand and Ireland.
On January 2, 2019, Coach McCann earned his 100th victory at PBSC with a 90-68 win over Florida State College at Jacksonville. During the 2018-19 Season, he guided the Panthers to a Southern Conference championship, a FCSAA/Region 8 tournament appearance, and a 21-9 record. Because of the Panthers' outstanding season, his peers recognized Coach McCann as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year.
In the 2016-17 Season, McCann lead the Panthers to a 25-6 record and a 2nd place finish in the FCSAA Southern Conference. During that year, the Panthers went 14-1 in Non-Conference play and were ranked as high as #11 in the NJCAA National Rankings. In late November, McCann was named "HoopDirt.com Junior College Coach of the Week" after a week that included wins over #12 ranked Daytona State and #3 ranked Trinity Valley CC.
During the 2015-16 Season, McCann lead the Panthers to a 24-8 record and an appearance in the Region 8 Semi-Finals. In that year the Panthers went 14-0 in Non-Conference play, had 5 wins vs ranked opponents, won the Southern Conference Tournament and were ranked as high as #3 in the NJCAA National Rankings. In his first season, McCann led the Panthers to a 20-10 record.
Prior to taking over the Panthers, McCann spent a year as the Top Assistant at Palm Beach State as well as two years as a Graduate Assistant Coach at NCAA Division II Lynn University. Prior to Lynn, he was a four-year letter winner at Division III Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.
McCann's experience stretches to the AAU ranks, as he spent 2 seasons on the coaching staff of NIKE Team Florida, one of NIKE's Elite EYBL programs. During his time with NIKE Team Florida, McCann coached more than 10 players who went on to play at NCAA Division I programs. Some of the schools include University of Florida, University of Central Florida and Marquette, among others.
Coach McCann has worked at basketball camps around the country including Hoop Group, Five Star, and Adidas Phenom. McCann has also interned for the New Jersey Nets in their graphic design/marketing department.
McCann joins a growing Falcon athletics program that boasts nearly 200 student-athletes with 121 athletic scholarships in ten varsity sports including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, women's golf, fast-pitch softball, baseball and volleyball. DSC offers an all-around sports complex, including the L. Gale Lemerand Health, Wellness and Community Education Center, the Falcon Soccer Stadium, an indoor pool, 2 top-notch playing fields and a field house.