Jason Polykoff, second from left, has been named head coach of the Earlham College's men's basketball team. He was previously an assistant for the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team.

Penn assistant named head coach of EC men’s basketball team

April 25, 2014

Jason Polykoff has been named the next head coach of the Earlham College men’s basketball team. 

Polykoff was most recently an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 2012-14. The previous five years he spent as head coach of Friends Central School (FCS), a secondary school near Philadelphia. At FCS, he accumulated a 113-28 record, winning four consecutive Pennsylvania Independent Schools State Championships (2009-12). 

"Jason's experience at a number of levels gives us confidence that he is a well-rounded coach and understands what it is going to take to become successful," Athletics Director Mike Bergum says. "It is exciting to have Jason at the helm. He will be an integral part of the campus community and be valuable in building relationships with students."    

"The position at Earlham is one that can be successful,” Polykoff says. “I'm really excited about getting starting and promoting Earlham and basketball." 

Earlham President David Dawson says Polykoff’s deep commitment to the fundamentals of team building and his skills as a recruiter will lead the program to higher levels of competition. 

"Jason is also an educator with a strong character and sense of mission," Dawson says. "I know he'll have a large and positive impact on the lives and futures of Earlham student-athletes." 

"All of my experiences together with coaching high school and college student-athletes have prepared me for this position," Polykoff said. "The last two years at Penn and getting the opportunity to coach elite athletes at the Division I level and recruit on a national level are experiences that are invaluable. 

"The last two years have prepared me more than anything for this position at Earlham," Polykoff continued. "I know what it takes to be successful and remain successful." 

The 30-year old Polykoff graduated from Haverford College in 2006 with a degree in psychology with a minor in educational studies. 

During his playing career at Haverford, Polykoff was the team captain as a senior and he finished in the top 10 in six different categories in the College's record book. After his final season, he was named Haverford's Most Valuable Player and selected as a Philadelphia Area Small College All-Star. Polykoff will also be honored later this spring with the Haverford College Young Alumni Award for Accomplishments in Leadership. 

A native of Havertown, Pa., Polykoff is a 2002 graduate of Friends Central School.

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