May 11, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 15

Men's basketball coach Waheed named assistant at BC

Men's basketball coach Waheed named assistant at BC

Men's basketball coach Waheed named assistant at BC

Niagara men's basketball assistant coach Akbar Waheed was recently named assistant coach at Boston College. Waheed spent the previous 11 seasons on the bench at Niagara.

Since Waheed's arrival at the start of the 1999-00 season, the Purple Eagles have compiled a record of 206-135, including a 126-72 mark in conference play, and earned an NCAA Tournament win, a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, two Metro Atlantic Athletic championships, two trips to the NIT and two MAAC regular-season titles. The assistant has been a part of four 20-win seasons while on the bench alongside head coach Joe Mihalich, including last season's record-setting 26-win campaign.

"What a wonderful thing for Akbar," Mihalich said. "No one is more deserving of this great opportunity to be an assistant coach in the ACC."

Many players have been influenced by Waheed during his 11 seasons. Players such as 1,000-point scorers Juan Mendez (2,210), Tyrone Lewis (1,849), Charron Fisher (1,799), Tremmell Darden (1,729), James Reaves (1,274) David Brooks (1,354), Lorenzo Miles (1,311), Alvin Cruz (1,207) and J.R. Duffey (1,043) have all been coached by Waheed during their Niagara careers, illustrating the coach's overall impact on the program's success.

Waheed joined the staff after a successful four-year career as a Purple Eagle from 1995 to 1999. One of the best defenders on the team, Waheed was a deadly free-throw shooter during his career. As a freshman, he hit two key free throws with 16 seconds left in Niagara's upset win over Manhattan in the MAAC Tournament quarterfinals. In his senior season, Waheed was a key contributor off the bench for Niagara. He scored a career-high eight points in Niagara's 119-108 win over Marist and grabbed a season-best five boards vs. Loyola.

Waheed graduated from Niagara in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in communications, before earning his master's degree in school counseling in 2007.

A native of Washington, D.C., Waheed played high school basketball at Gonzaga High. He averaged 12 points, five rebounds and 2.6 assists as a senior and helped the team rank as high as sixth nationally as a junior. Waheed also played safety on the football team and was the team's most valuable player as a senior.

Waheed is married to the former Nicole Carter, and has a daughter, Infiniti, and sons, Akbar III and Jahlil.

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