Bernier Named Assistant Coach at Saint Michael's College
COLCHESTER, Vt.- Shavar Bernier, a standout basketball player at Connecticut College the previous four seasons, has been named the part-time second assistant coach of the Saint Michael's College men's basketball program. The announcement was recently made by the College's first-year head coach, Michael Harding.
Bernier will take over the part-time second assistant coaching duties previously held by Nick Leonardelli. Leonardelli, hired by Harding in June, has been promoted to the program's full-time assistant coach, a position vacated by Ari Shapiro-Miller last month when he accepted a job as the Director of Basketball Operations at NCAA Division I Bryant University.
"I am extremely fortunate, and excited, to become part of the Saint Michael's tradition," said Bernier. "I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside both Coach Harding and Coach Leonardelli, and I'm confident that the warm sense of community at Saint Michael's will make this transition pleasant and seamless."
"Coach Leonardelli and I are lucky to welcome Shavar to the Saint Michael's men's basketball program," said Harding. "A dedicated, hardworking, and intelligent young man, Shavar will represent Saint Michael's basketball extremely well."
Bernier was a star basketball player at Connecticut College, where he graduated earlier this year with a bachelor of arts degree in human development. While at Connecticut College, Bernier set the program's all-time record with 203 career 3-pointers, and finished his career 10th in program history with 1,187 points. As a senior in 2009-10, Bernier led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with 2.13 steals per game, earned NESCAC Second Team honors, and was selected to play in the New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) Division III Senior All-Star Game.
Prior to his time at Connecticut College, Bernier enjoyed a successful post-graduate year at Bridgton (Maine) Academy, where he helped lead the boy's basketball team to the 2006 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A Championship. Before that, Bernier was a three-year captain of the boy's basketball team at Dover (N.H.) High School. He was a First Team All-State selection as a senior in 2004, and was also named the Seacoast Player of the Year his final season.
Off the court, Bernier served as a coach at the Connecticut College Basketball Camp the last three summers, organizing and leading drills for boys entering grades 3-9. He also has worked as a counselor with the Dover (N.H.) Parks and Recreations Department, and has extensive community service experience in New London, Conn.
He will begin his duties with Saint Michael's immediately
--Story, Courtesy of Saint Michael's College
October 13, 2010