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Adam Checton named as head men’s basketball coach

Adam Checton
7/15/2008 —
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus named Adam Checton as the new head men’s basketball coach at the school. Athletic Director Vince Capozzi made the announcement July 15.

“We’re really delighted that Adam will be joining our staff,” Capozzi reports. “He has the knowledge of the game and leadership qualities that we believe can raise our program to a new level. I think people will be inspired by his intensity and dedication to the program.”  

Checton, a native of Uniontown, has served as the head boy’s basketball coach at Mapletown High School, where he led the Maples to consecutive WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League) playoff berths. Prior to obtaining the Mapletown post, he was an assistant coach for the ninth grade team at Uniontown Area High School, and also served as a camp counselor and basketball instructor at Culver Military Academy’s summer school program in Culver, Ind.

“Coaching college basketball is what I’ve always wanted to do,” Checton says. “To be able to start my college coaching career in my hometown is a very unexpected opportunity.”

During his college days at Bethany College in West Virginia, Checton was a three-year member of the men’s basketball team, which won back-to-back President’s Athletic Conference titles and appearances in the East Coast Athletic Conference and NCAA tournaments.

“Adam’s experience at Bethany is very important,” Capozzi explains. “When he first arrived there, the program was not very successful. By the time he graduated, Bethany was one of the top teams in the area. Adam had an opportunity to see first-hand what it takes to build a program to that level and he’ll use that experience here to get our program moving in the right direction.”

 “We have high hopes for this program,” Checton adds. “We hope to turn it into what it is capable of being. We hope to recruit a lot of local talent and make this the beginning of a very successful future.”

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