Tom Satran ’94 begins his 15th season as head coach of the Connecticut College men’s basketball program. Satran, an assistant coach on Connecticut College's 1999 NCAA Division III Final Four team, returned to his alma mater after successful stints as an assistant coach at Brown University and New York University. Satran has appeared in over 450 Connecticut College basketball games as a player, assistant coach and Head Coach.
Satran's Camels continue to make significant progress toward their goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament. His teams earned four NESCAC Tournaments in a six-year time frame and won 42 games from 2009-2011. In 2008, Connecticut College posted a 17-8 record, qualified for the NESCAC Tournament and defeated three teams that qualified for the NCAAs. In so doing, the Camels earned a tie for the seventh highest win total in program history.
Satran returns a solid nucleus to the fold in 2016-17 that will include power forward and co-captain Zuri Pavlin '17. With 719 rebounds, needs just 112 caroms to pass Peter Dorfman '84 and become the program's all-time leader. Pavlin's fellow captain Daniel Janel has been a key addition in the front court since arriving from Adelphi and Division II's powerhouse conference, the Northeast-10. Janel averaged nine points and six rebounds per game for the Camels. He posted the seventh highest field goal percentage in the conference, connecting at a 53% clip (98-for-184) from the field. In the back-court, Tyler Rowe graced the pages of Sports Illustrated in his rookie season at the point, contributing 12.8 points and 3.9 assists per game. Meanwhile, Turner's classmate David Labossiere emerged as one of the top newcomers in the conference at the two, registering 11.3 points and 3.6 boards a game.
Satran also recently recruited and coached Matt Vadas ’14, the college’s all-time leading scorer and an All-NESCAC Second Team performer.
Satran is a fourteen year member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). In 2011, Satran was named as the New England representative to the nominating committee the NABC Division III All Star game, a post he filled for three years.
Satran is beginning the first year of a three year term on the Athletic Director’s Advisory Committee (ADAC), his second time on the committee. Satran is also a First Year Seminar advisor, partnering with Professor Bryan Knapp as part of the college’s revamped freshman seminar experience.
As an assistant at Connecticut College, Satran helped recruit and develop one of the most successful teams in Division III basketball history. In 1998, Connecticut College finished 22-4, earned their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance and subsequent advance to the NCAA Division III "Sweet Sixteen." In 1999, Connecticut College reached the NCAA Division III Final Four, posted an undefeated regular season record, earned a number one national ranking and a number one New England ranking.
At Brown, working for former Connecticut College and current UConn Associate Head Coach Glen Miller, Satran assisted in the development of one of the nation's fastest growing Division I programs. At NYU, Satran participated in all aspects of one of the top programs in Division III and was specifically responsible for coordinating a national recruiting campaign, game preparation and individual player development.
Satran enjoyed an exceptional career as a student-athlete at Connecticut College. As a senior, he was team captain and set a school record for three pointers made in a season. He was also a highly decorated student, earning the Brown/Brooks Award, which is given annually to the outstanding senior scholar-athlete at Connecticut College, the Hanna Hafkesbrink Award for the outstanding student of the humanities, the James Baird Prize for excellence in critical writing and the Lyman Allyn Award in honor of the outstanding student of Art History. He graduated with a double major in English and Art History in May 1994 and earned a Masters of Teaching English from the college in May 1998.
Satran, 44, lives with his wife Esther P. Wood Satran ‘93 and their daughter Hannah in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Hannah will be 10 years old in April 2015.