Courtney Inducted Into Bucknell Hall Of Fame
LEWISBURG, Pa.–Virginia men’s basketball assistant coach Bill Courtney was inducted into the Bucknell University Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend ceremonies on Oct. 20.
Courtney, who is in his second year as an assistant coach at Virginia, earned four letters in basketball at Bucknell and was an All-Patriot League selection as a junior and a senior. He averaged 18.3 points a game as a senior and was co-captain of a team that advanced to the Patriot League championship game in 1992. As a junior, Courtney led the Patriot League in scoring with 619 points and that total is still Bucknell’s single-season scoring record. He also led the team in assists as a junior.
Courtney scored 1,499 career points, a total that is currently eighth on Bucknell’s career scoring list. He averaged 14.6 points a game for his career and that ranks 10th on the school’s career list in that category. Courtney still holds school records for career free throws made (400) and most 20-point games in a season (16 in 1990-91).
He came to Virginia after one year as an assistant coach at Providence. Prior to joining the staff at Providence in June of 2005, Courtney was a member of Jim Larranaga’s coaching staff at George Mason University for eight years (1997-2005). He was the associate head coach at George Mason from 2002 until his departure for Providence. He served as an assistant coach on Larranaga’s staff at Bowling Green State University for one year (1996-97) before moving to George Mason with Larranaga prior to the 1997-98 season.
Courtney began his collegiate coaching career at American University where he was an assistant coach in 1995-96.
Before coaching at the college level, Courtney was an assistant varsity coach for boys’ basketball at James Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Va., for two years (1992-94) and an assistant coach at Thomas Jefferson Science & Technology School in Alexandria, Va., for one year (1994-95).
A native of Springfield, Va., Courtney graduated from Bucknell in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He played professional basketball for the Philadelphia Spirit of the United States Basketball League and for the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Summer League team in 1992. He also played in Hong Kong during the summers of 1993 and 1994. He was the league’s Most Valuable Player and the Asian All-Star game MVP in 1993.