It has taken a few years but Tim Fusina is back in Western Pennsylvania and coaching basketball.
Waynesburg University announced Friday that it has hired Fusina, a Charleroi native, as it head men’s basketball coach.
Fusina replaces Mark Christner, who resigned in April to become the head coach of the women’s team at his alma mater, Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Fusina has Division III head coaching experience on both coasts. For the past two years, he was head coach at California Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Prior to that stint, Fusina was the head coach at Centenary in Hackettstown, N.J., for four seasons.
Fusina is familiar with the Presidents’ Athletic Conference as he spent five seasons (2008-09 to 2012-13) as an assistant coach at Washington & Jefferson before taking the job at Centenary. He also spent two years as an assistant at Pitt-Greensburg.
“It is truly an honor to be named head men’s basketball coach at Waynesburg University,” Fusina said. “I had the chance to speak with the entire team this weekend and they all are excited to get started. I look forward to getting to know them on a more personal level over the next few weeks.”
Waynesburg is coming off an 8-18 season that included a 7-9 record in the PAC. The Yellow Jackets lost to Westminster in the opening round of the PAC tournament.
At California Lutheran inherited a rebuilding job and went 16-33 in two seasons. He coached three second-team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference players and oversaw tremendous growth in the roster, bringing in 33 freshmen in his first recruiting class.
At Centenary, Fusina’s teams had a 48-58 record, including a 41-40 mark over the final three years. He put together the first two winning seasons in school history and the first two seasons with winning conference records. Fusina coached six all-conference players, the program’s all-time assists leader and the first 1,000-point scorer at the school since 2006. The Cyclones played in the ECAC tournament in 2015 and 2016.
“I think each experience has helped me evolve, both as a coach and as a person. I’ve been able to figure out what works and what doesn’t at each spot and intend to continue to develop as a coach here at Waynesburg,” Fusina said. “I am excited for the challenge ahead and look forward to getting to know everyone. I am proud to be a part of the Waynesburg family.”
Fusina graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management Studies from California University in 2007 and a Master of Science degree in Sport Management Students in 2008.
He is a 2004 graduate of Geibel Catholic High School.