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SFC assistant Bentick leaving Remsen Street

Trusted coach moving on from Terriers after 15-year career

June 22, 2022 John Torenli, Sports Editor
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A fixture on Remsen Street for the past 15 years, St. Francis Brooklyn associate head men’s basketball coach Clive Bentick is moving on to Monmouth University.

“Fifteen years ago, I walked through the door on Remsen Street as an assistant coach and I was welcomed with open arms,” said Bentick, who will be an assistant on head coach King Rice’s staff in New Jersey.

“The St. Francis College community has made this a special place to be, and I am so thankful for the time I spent here,”

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The Terriers are even more thankful after Bentick, a point guard at Canisius College before beginning his coaching career here, helped them to reach two postseason tournaments during his tenure.

The 2014-15 team won 23 games en route to the Northeast Conference regular-season title and a berth in the NIT for the first time since 1963.

The New York native also helped the Terriers reach the 2019 CIT following a 17-win campaign under long-time head coach Glenn Braica.

“It is hard to find people as reliable and trustworthy as Clive,” said Braica. “We have grown from relative strangers when I was first hired 12 years ago to being closer to brothers today. It will be difficult to not have him around our program every day.

“We are privileged to have had him working with our student-athletes, consistently reflecting the Franciscan values of service with his tireless work to develop our young men. Clive and his family will always be part of our program and members of the St. Francis College community. I wish them all the best as they embark on a new chapter.”

Bentick doubtlessly learned plenty from Braica as well.

“I would like to thank Coach Braica for taking a chance on me,” he noted. “He taught me how to be an effective coach and leader, and I know he made me a better person and valuable asset on the sidelines.”

Rice believes the 20-year college basketball veteran will aid his staff in a unique way after honing his craft at SFC.

“Clive is a guy that could be a head coach right now,” Rice told the Associated Press.

“He’s one of the most respected recruiters on the East Coast. He was a great player at Canisius, he knows the game and had a great run on the staff at St. Francis Brooklyn.”

The SFC community feels the same way. Bentick was named one of the top five assistant coaches in the Northeast Conference in 2020.

He also was honored with the President’s Award medal at the 2022 Charter Day Convocation for his 15 service to the Franciscan school.

“Clive has provided great stability for our men’s basketball program during his 15-year tenure at St. Francis,” said SFC Athletic Director Irma Garcia.

“His impact on the growth of our student-athletes has been immeasurable and we thank him for his service to SFBK Athletics. He will be sorely missed around our team and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Joshua Loeschorn won 11 games on the mound for Long Island University this past season while posting a 3.91 grade-point average. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics

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While he awaits next month’s Major League Draft, Long Island University pitcher Joshua Loeschorn was honored with the Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete for baseball last week.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander, who fell one win shy of the Sharks’ single-season record while guiding LIU to the NCAA Regionals, graduated in May with a 3.91 cumulative GPA as a computer science major.

He has already signed to play professionally with the New York Boulders, but could wind up being selected in MLB’s 20-round draft or find himself with a big league organization as a non-drafted free agent.

Four other LIU student-athletes took home prestigious honors from the NEC on Tuesday.

LIU goalkeeper Demetri Skoumbakis helped the Sharks grab the NEC title this year, but also posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics

Men’s soccer goalkeeper Demetri Skoumbakis, track and field sprinter Laurie Hauet, women’s basketball guard Shyla Sanford and epée fencer Grace Scura earned NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards after graduating with 4.0 GPAs.


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