Larry Stewart is now an assistant coach with Maryland Eastern Shore University.— PHOTO COURTESY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE UNIVERSITY

Larry Stewart is now an assistant coach with Maryland Eastern Shore University.— PHOTO COURTESY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE UNIVERSITY

Larry Stewart joins Maryland Eastern Shore basketball staff

Former Murrell Dobbins High School and Coppin State basketball star Larry Stewart has joined the University of Maryland Eastern Shore basketball staff as an assistant coach ahead of the the upcoming season.

“Larry is a great addition to our staff,” said Jason Crafton, UMES head coach in a statement. “He’s arguably one of the best players to ever play in the MEAC and also has an array of basketball playing and relevant coaching experiences that will be heavily relied on.”

Stewart’s most recent stop was at MEAC member Morgan State. He spent four seasons with the Bears from 2015-19. Before his coaching days at Morgan State, Stewart spent six seasons at Bowie State from 2009-15. The Bulldogs went 91-50 during his time there. BSU won the 2013 CIAA Tournament with Stewart on the sideline.

As a player, Stewart was an All-Public League standout at Dobbins. After his scholastic career, he played for the legendary Ron “Fang” Mitchell at Coppin State where he scored 1,824 points and 676 rebounds over his career. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1990. His jersey was retired by Coppin State following his career.

He went on to play 17 years of professional basketball highlighted by his first seasons in the NBA from 1991-97 with the Washington Bullets, Vancouver Grizzlies and Seattle SuperSonics.

“I am very grateful to Coach Crafton and the Maryland Eastern Shore family for giving me this opportunity,” Stewart said in a statement. “I am looking forward to this challenge of building a winning culture and a successful men’s basketball program.”

Stewart’s younger brothers Stephen and Lynard Stewart are also basketball coaches. Stephen is an assistant coach at Delaware State. Lynard is the head basketball coach at Simon Gratz.

UMES opens the season on Nov. 5 at Penn State.

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1. North Carolina A&T

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3. Alcorn State

4. South Carolina State

5. Southern

6. Bethune-Cookman

7. Virginia Union

8. Bowie State

9. Alabama A&M

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Lincoln University basketball standouts Kwanza Murray and Alisia Machado have been selected to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) preseason all-conference team chosen by the league coaches and sports information directors.

Murray, a 2019 All-CIAA honoree, led the team in scoring (18.0 ppg), three-point field goals made (55), three point field goal percentage (.451) and free throw percentage (.800). She finished second on the team in field goal percentage (.457) and steals (31).

Machado led the team in rebounds averaging 7.4 a game. She tallied 8.2 points a game and shot 58.5 percent from the field. Machado finished the season with 37 blocks ranking fourth in the CIAA.

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