|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
|College:||The Kings (N.Y.), 1975|
Now in his eighth year, Head Coach Jerry Slocum has created a buzz around the Youngstown State men’s basketball program not felt in many years.
He is one of a handful of active NCAA men’s basketball coaches to record more than 600 career victories and ranks tied for 39th all-time with 655 career victories.
Now in his 38th season as a head coach, Slocum ranks fifth among active Division I mentors in career wins.
Slocum, who was named YSU’s head coach on April 12, 2005, became just the 47th individual in NCAA history to win at least 600 games as a head coach. He reached his milestone victory on Feb. 22, 2007, when the Penguins defeated Wright State.
While he achieved a historic personal accomplishment, Slocum has always been about the success of his players and his program over the attention he receives.
Slocum, who is the 12th head coach in school history, has tremendous energy around the basketball court and his passion for the game has shown in the way the Penguins have played under his tutelage.
Last season, Slocum guided the Penguins to their first winning season since 2000-01 with a 16-15 overall record and led them to their most Horizon League wins with 10 since joining the league in 2001-02.
The Guins’ eight-win improvement in the Horizon League marks the best one-year turnaround since the league went to 10 teams and the second best in league history. YSU also lost three other games by a combined seven points.
YSU set a Horizon League mark with five different players earning the league’s player-of-the-week award. DuShawn Brooks (Dec. 5), Damian Eargle (Jan. 2), Ashen Ward (Jan. 9), Blake Allen (Jan. 23) and Kendrick Perry (Feb. 6) all won the award that season.
For the second straight season, the Penguins set the school’s single-season 3-point record with 270 made 3-pointers. The old record of 235 was set in 2010-11. They also tied the mark for most 3-point attempts of 708, which was set in 2010-11.
Perry became the first Youngstown State sophomore to be named All-Horizon League First-Team after leading the league in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Perry was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District Second-Team.
Perry led the league in scoring (16.8 ppg) and steals (2.4) in conference play, becoming just the fifth player in Horizon League history to accomplish that feat.
Eargle set the Horizon League single-season blocks records for all games and league-games only. Eargle finished with 116 blocks, including 65 in Horizon League play.
Allen led the Horizon League with 91 3-pointers made and 2.9 3-pointers made per game. His 91 3-pointers also ranks second on the YSU single-season list, just one shy of the record of 92 set by Craig Haese in 2000-01.
In his seven seasons at YSU, four of Slocum players reached the coveted 1,000-point plateau and 10 have signed professional contracts.
In 2010-11, Vytas Sulskis became the 32nd YSU player to score at least 1,000 career points and now ranks 16th all-time with 1,311 points. Sulskis is the 10th player for Slocum that signed a professional contract to play overseas. Others include Michael Adams, John Barber, Kelvin Bright, Domonique Crawford, Byron Davis, Quin Humphrey, DeAndre Mays, Sirlester Martin and Mikko Niemi.
The Guins also garner a tremendous amount of national attention by defeating eventual national runners-up Butler, 62-60, at the Beeghly Center.
The 2010-11 campaign also brought many offensive highlights.
The Guins averaged 69.1 points per game in 2010-11, which is the highest season per game average since the 2000-01 team averaged 71.1 points per game.
YSU scored 2,072 points in 2010-11, marking just the sixth time since 1990-91 that a YSU team has scored at least 2,000 points in a season.
The Guins set the school’s single-season records with 235 3-pointers made with 235 3-pointers made and 706 3-pointers attempted. Also, six different Penguins made at least 20 3-pointers in 2010-11.
The Guins tied a single-game record with 14 3-pointers made against Butler on Jan. 9, 2011.
In 2010, Youngstown State hosted a game on national television when the Guins entertained Milwaukee on Jan. 22. The game drew a crowd of 6,087, the eighth-largest attended game in school history.
The 2009-10 season also marked the first time Youngstown State played twice on ESPNU in the same season. The Penguins game at Cleveland State on Jan. 30, 2010, was also nationally-televised on ESPNU.
Mays also became the first player since Ryan Patton to record back-to-back 100-assist seasons. Mays posted 207 assists in two years. Patton accomplished the feat in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
In 2008-09, Mays became the third Slocum recruit to be named to the Horizon League’s All-Newcomer Team after averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists per game.
In 2007-08, Davis, who ranked fourth in the Horizon League with 15.5 points per game, and Barber each eclipsed the 1,000 point total during their final season of eligibilty.
Sulskis set the YSU freshman record with 46 3-pointers and was named to the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-America Team and the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.
In 2006-07, the Guins played a school-record 31 games, won seven HL contests while posting 14 overall victories. YSU won a postseason game for the first time since March 2003 and played host to a postseason tilt for the first time since 1995. In the five-point-or-less nailbiters, Youngstown State was 7-1 and all 14 wins came when shooting better than an opponent.
During the year YSU had two three-game winning streaks in a schedule that featured three Big Ten foes, including NCAA finalist Ohio State. The Guins also earned victories over tournament participants Wright State and Eastern Kentucky.
Humphrey, who scored 1,707 points, became the school’s first two-time first-team all-conference selection and after his career signed a professional contract to play in Europe.
In 2005-06, YSU had its first Horizon League first-team all-conference performer in Humphrey while Keston Roberts made the all-newcomer team. The Guins had the leading individuals in scoring, rebounding and assists in the League, only the second time in the league’s 26 years that a team accomplished that feat.
Youngstown State showed no fear from the outside attempting 578 3-pointers while making 191. The Guins cut way down on turnovers - the 368 was the fourth fewest ever - and were solid from the free-throw line making 70.6 percent - the fifth-highest ever by a YSU team.
Slocum has been involved in more than 1,100 games as he enters his 38th season. Overall, he has a mark of 655-460 in his career coaching at four different schools.
Slocum came to the Mahoning Valley after a distinguished nine-year tenure at Division II Gannon in Erie, Pa. He led the Golden Knights to a 179-78 record and six straight appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
In 2000-01 and 2001-02 his squad tied for the South Division title after winning the outright crown in 1999-2000. In 2001, Gannon advanced to the GLIAC Tournament title game for the first time in school history losing to Grand Valley State.
Slocum was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year following the 1999-2000 campaign after leading the Golden Knights to a 16-3 league mark. That season his team posted a 23-5 ledger setting his personal best at the school for wins in a season and winning percentage (.821).
At Geneva, he was a consistent winner posting 20-win campaigns in his final eight seasons with the Golden Tornadoes. In his stint as head coach, he had a 203-80 overall mark for a winning percentage of .714.
Slocum’s head-coaching experience began at Nyack College in Nyack, N.Y., from 1975 through 1987.
He spent 12 seasons in charge of the Warriors’ program finishing with a 199-166 overall record for a .545 winning percentage. He ended his tenure strong winning at least 20 games in his final six seasons. His best campaign was a 25-8 mark in 1984-85. He was inducted into the Nyack Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2001.
Slocum is a 1975 graduate of The Kings, N.Y., College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He earned a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from the U.S. Sports Academy in 1987.
Jerry and his wife Kim, have a son, Aaron, a daughter, Annelli and a grandson, Aidan.
Aaron is an assistant football coach and special education teacher at Erie Cathedral Prep while Annelli is a paralegal in Youngstown.