Pam Durkin, the 1997 Rider University Athlete of the Year, returned to her alma mater as an assistant basketball coach on May 24, 2007.
“Pam has a passion and pride for Rider basketball and the Rider community,” said head coach Lynn Milligan, who returned to her alma mater last month. “I am thrilled she has chosen to join me back at Rider. I have known Pam since her playing days here at Rider and have watched her grow into a terrific coach.”
Durkin comes back to Rider from Drexel University, where she served as an assistant coach for seven seasons.
“I am thrilled to come full circle and return to Rider in a coaching capacity,” said Durkin, who was Drexel's recruiting coordinator and assisted with scouting, but was also involved with all aspects of on-court coaching, primarily with the forwards. “I am especially excited to be working with Lynn Milligan, who shares my personal connection with the program and whose enthusiasm and passion will be immediately felt on campus and in the community.”
At Drexel Durkin was also in charge of alumni relations for the team, including coordination of Alumni Day and production of the team’s Hoop Scoop newsletter. She played an important role in the recruiting and development of a pair of All-Conference selections and the team’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004-05, as well as two guards from the All-Star Girls Report Top 100.
“I am grateful for the experience and exposure that I was afforded during my seven-year stay at Drexel, and I look forward to my new opportunity with Rider basketball,” Durkin said. “It is a great fit for me professionally and personally.”
While at Rider, Durkin was an All-Northeast Conference selection and also garnered NEC All-Academic Team honors. In addition, she was chosen as the 1996-97 South Jersey Collegiate Player of the Year by the Al Carino Basketball Club. She culminated her career with the Broncs in 1997, when she ranked seventh in the nation in rebounding average, pulling down 11.7 boards per game. That year she was inducted into the Sterling High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
“Her experience and success as a player and a coach will benefit our entire program from top to bottom,” Milligan said.
A native of Somerdale, N.J., Durkin led Sterling High to four league championships and two state titles during her high school career.
After graduating from Rider with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Durkin continued her education at The College of New Jersey. She served as a graduate assistant while earning a master’s degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration. Her first coaching job came in the 1999-00 season when she became an assistant at Niagara University. At Niagara Durkin was in charge of recruiting and also took part in on-court player development.