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Assistant Coach Larry Sassaman
Years at Messiah:
Tamaqua, PA
High school:
Tamaqua Area High School (1972)
Messiah College (1976)
McDaniel College (1988)
Wife (Kathy), daughter (Kristin), son (Andrew)

Coach "Sass", a '76 graduate of Messiah, and the 2011-2012 basketball season will be his 29th season with with the Falcons. Prior to working with the women's program he coached for 7 years in the men's programs at both Messiah College (6) and Dickinson College (1).

His love and passion for the game can be seen in his intense desire for the team to excel on the defensive end of the floor. Coach Sassaman directs the defensive scheme for the Falcons and also acts as a motivator for the team.

"Sass" brings plenty of experience to the Women's Basketball coaching staff. Not only has he been involved as Director of Elementary Basketball, the Head Coach for a high school team, and assistant coach on various middle school, high school, and collegiate teams, but he has also been involved in Messiah Basketball Camps since they originated in 1974.

During his playing career coach Sassaman played for Tamaqua Area High School. When he came to Messiah he also played for the Falcons for four years and was captain of the team his senior year.

"Being part of the Messiah Basketball family and working with Christian women who desire to learn and improve has been a joy and very rewarding," coach "Sass" said of the impact of being an assistant women's basketball coach at Messiah College.

"Each year presents new and exciting challenges. Therefore, I look forward to helping the team reach their fullest potential," he stated about what he looks forward to each year.

Coach Larry Sassaman is a 7th grade math teacher at Eagle View Middle School in the Cumberland Valley School District. He lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Kathy and their son Andrew. Their daughter, Kristin, completed her outstanding career at Messiah in 2005.