Dr. Jody King was named head coach of the men's basketball program on May 2, 2014.
Dr. King’s teams have ranked in the Top 10 in the country in points allowed per game and advanced to postseason play in all six of his years as a head coach. He boasts a career 115-56 record across six seasons, averaging 19.2 wins per season.
Dr. King has spent 21 years coaching basketball across all levels, most recently spending the past three years as the head coach at Hostos Community College, where he has led the Caimans to back-to-back Top 10 national rankings and regular season conference titles as well as three consecutive Region XV Tournament appearances while being named the CUNY Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons.
Prior to his time at Hostos, Dr. King spent three years at SUNY Maritime, where he immediately brought the program to unprecedented success as the team improved by nine wins in his first season and went on to average 16 wins over his three years after averaging just four per season over the previous five years. He led the Privateers to the semifinals of the Skyline Conference Tournament every season and coached two First Team All-Skyline Conference selections as well as the SUNY Maritime Student-Athlete of the Year and remains the all-time winningest coach in program history.
Before taking over at Maritime, Dr. King served as an assistant coach at Division III Farmingdale State College under the current head coach of East Coast Conference rival LIU Post, Erik Smiles. He was also an assistant coach at Yeshiva and Southern Vermont College. Dr. King ran color commentary in the SUNY Purchase pod of this past season’s Division III men’s basketball tournament and was a regional reporter and TV and radio color commentator for D3Hoops.com during the 2010-11 season. His coaching experience also includes stints at multiple Division I basketball camps, including the University of Miami, Villanova University, Quinnipiac University and Providence College.
Dr. King currently works at the Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State as a Psychologist and Applied Behavior Specialist/SCIP Trainer. He also teaches as an assistant professor at a number of area schools, including Hostos, Westchester Community College and Farmingdale State College. He has previously spent time at the College of New Rochelle in the graduate school, Richmond Community Services, the Hebrew Academy of Special Children and the Institute for Collaborative Education High School.
Dr. King earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yeshiva University in 2007. He also completed his Master’s degree in general psychology at Yeshiva and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from New York University in 1998. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and has been involved with Coaches vs. Cancer since 2008.