Saint Joseph’s College alum William Armishaw, who played a role in 73 wins over four years as a Student Assistant, has been named assistant men's basketball coach for the Monks. The announcement was made Thursday by Monks Head Men's Basketball Coach Rob Sanicola.
"We are truly excited to keep William around Saint Joseph’s College," said Sanicola, also an SJC graduate. "He will be great for our student-athletes because he understands what we want and how we want it done here at St. Joe’s."
Armishaw graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in 2014 with a degree in Business Administration. Saint Joseph’s posted a 73-37 record (.663) during his four seasons on the bench.
In his time as a Student Assistant, the Monks made a pair of GNAC Championship appearances with two postseason stints that fell short in the conference semifinal. His ability to scout opponents helped the Monks lead the conference in scoring defense in three of his four years.
In his first season with the Monks (2010-11), Armishaw helped guide St. Joe’s to its highest conference finish with an appearance in the GNAC Championship game for the second time since entering the league in 2008.
During his four years as Student Assistant at St. Joe’s, Armishaw worked with six All-Conference players, including two-time All-GNAC honorees Zach O’Brien ’12 and Matt Medeiros ’14.
“Will possesses a great passion for the sport of basketball and the development of our players,” adds Sanicola. “He has had a hand in the program’s success over the last four years and continues to motivate and find ways to make each player better on and off the court.”
Liebowitz was hired as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.
Liebowitz, who prepped at Erskine Academy (Maine) and later was a four-year starter at nearby Southern Community College and Thomas College, comes to St. Joe's after spending last season as an assistant coach at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Aside from his on-court responsibilities, Liebowitz scouted opponents, and assisted with recruiting prospective student-athletes.
Prior to his stint at Christopher Newport, he was a volunteer assistant with the Old Dominion University Men's Basketball program where he assisted with practice, workouts, game day, travel, and film.
"We are happy to welcome James to the Saint Joseph's College family," adds Sanicola, who is about to begin his 13th season at the helm for the Monks. "James comes to St. Joe's with a great background in Maine and some terrific experiences at Christopher Newport and Old Dominion University. He will be a great asset on and off the court, especially outside the region on the recruiting trail."
A native of Central Maine, James earned his Master's Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Sport Management at Old Dominion University in May of 2015.
"It is great to be back in Maine and around the Portland area," said Liebowitz. "I am excited to be part of the Saint Joseph's College basketball staff and looking forward to working with our current student-athletes on and off the court."