Heading into his 18th season at the helm of Juniata men's basketball, Greg Curley has amassed the most wins of any coach in program history. Curley took over the post of head coach for Juniata men's basketball prior to the 2001-02 season. This season, the Eagles will look continue the high level of success Juniata has achieved under Curley's tutelage.
In 2017-18, Juniata went 23-6 and was 10-3 in the Landmark Conference. The Eagles qualified for both the Landmark and ECAC Tournaments. They reached the Landmark Conference Championship and the ECAC Quarterfinals. Curley and his staff were named the 2018 Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the Eagles to their best season in program history. The team earned its first ever national ranking, appearing at #23 in the D3Hoops.com national rankings. Along with Curley being named Coach of the Year, seniors Marcus Lee and Seth Brewer were named to the All-Conference First Team. Brewer helped the team become one of the best scoring defenses in the country before being named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2015-16, Juniata went 16-11 and was 9-7 in the Landmark Conference. The Eagles qualified for both the Landmark and ECAC Tournaments. Sophomore Marcus Lee was selected to the Landmark First Team.
In 2013-14, the Eagles finished 18-10 and won their second ECAC South region title by defeating Hood College 82-67. Senior Jeremy Hays was named to the Landmark First Team.
In 2012-13, the Eagles set a new program record for wins in a season (21), capping off the year with the first ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South region title for men's basketball. Juniata knocked off No. 1 seed Albright College 91-80 in double-overtime to finish the year 21-9. Three Eagles earned All-Landmark honors last season. The 2012-13 season marked Juniata's sixth winning season under Curley, and the Eagles' fourth .500-or-better campaign in the last six seasons.
The 2011-12 campaign proved to be among the most successful in Juniata history. The Eagles posted a then-program-best 19-10 record on their way to a third conference tournament championship game appearance in the last six seasons. Juniata finished the year by reaching the ECAC South Region Tournament semifinals for the second time since Curley took the reigns.
Curley, along with assistants Nick Hager and Keith Black, were named 2012 Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year, while senior Dan Sekulski and junior Alex Raymond earned All-Landmark honors.
Curley has the second-highest winning percentage of any men's coach at Juniata, and in 2010 he eclipsed Juniata legend Arnold "Doc" Greene for the most coaching victories in men's basketball history. He enters the 2013-14 campaign with a Juniata and career record of 157-158 over 12 seasons. During Curley's 12 years as the Juniata head coach, the Eagles have enjoyed some of the most successful seasons in the program's recent history.
In 2006-07, Curley was named the Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year as he guided Juniata to a then-program-record 17 victories. The Eagles finished 17-12 and reached the Commonwealth Conference Championship game for the first time in program history. The Eagles also reached the ECAC South Region Tournament Semifinals, after posting the program's first postseason win in the quarterfinals.
The Eagles nearly matched all those achievements in 2007-08, posting a 17-11 record, reaching the Landmark Conference title game against the University of Scranton, and earning an ECAC South Region tournament bid.
Juniata has posted winning records in six of Curley's 12 seasons, with back-to-back 13-12 records in his second and third campaigns. Those two seasons marked the first time since the late '80s that the Eagles have had consecutive winning seasons. Under his direction Juniata has adopted the philosophy of being the "hardest working team in basketball."
In addition to guiding the men's basketball program, Curley was named Juniata's Director of Athletics on May 17, 2011. He is responsible for the development and operation of Juniata's 19 varsity sports, as well as its intramural sports program.
Curley is no stranger to Juniata, having worked here for three seasons (August 1996 to July 1999) as an assistant men's basketball coach. He was responsible for all aspects of recruiting throughout the Northeast. In addition, he worked as a resident director and a summer conference assistant.
He left Juniata in July of 1999 to become the assistant men's basketball coach and head golf coach at Penn State-Behrend. Before the start of the 1999-2000 basketball season, Curley returned to his alma mater, Allegheny College, as an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach for the men's basketball program.
A native of State College, Pa., Curley graduated from Allegheny College in May of 1995 with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in English. He was a four-time Allegheny College Scholar-Athlete, and earned four varsity letters on the men's basketball team. He was a member of the 1992-93 North Coast Athletic Conference championship team and played in the 1995 NAIA-NCAA Senior All-Star Game. Curley was elected as a team captain and received the Glen Thompson Award for Leadership as a senior.
He earned a master's degree in Sports Administration from Penn State University in December 1997.
Curley's coaching career began in 1995 when he served as the graduate assistant coach at Allegheny for the 1995-96 season. One year later, he became the assistant at Juniata.
Curley resides in Huntingdon with his wife Jenn, daughter Kiera and son Kaden.
"I enjoy everything about Division III athletics," said Curley. "Student-athletes in Division III are committed to excellence in every aspect of their lives - academically, athletically and socially. I want members of my program to be committed to excellence and that is exactly what I see when I look at the current Juniata program."