Tom Satran ’94 begins his 17th season as head coach of the Connecticut College men’s basketball program in 2018-19. An assistant coach on Connecticut College’s 1999 NCAA Division III Final Four team, Satran returned to his alma mater after successful stints as an assistant coach at Brown University and New York University. He has now appeared in more than 500 Connecticut College games as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Between 2005 and 2011, Satran’s Camels qualified for the ultra-competitive NESCAC Tournament four times. The 2007-08 squad posted a 17-8 mark and defeated three teams that advanced to NCAAs. More recently, the Camels registered a combined 25-22 record during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, defeating four NCAA Tournament qualifiers during that span including a 2017 victory over Amherst which was ranked fourth in the nation at the time.
As head coach, Satran has recruited and developed some of the finest players in program history. Charles Stone ’08, an All-NESCAC First Team performer, was the 2005 NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year and the college’s fifth all-time leading scorer. Shavar Bernier ’10 was a 2009 All-NESCAC Second Team honoree who finished his career as the program’s 11th all-time leading scorer. Matt Vadas ’14, the program’s all-time leading scorer, also earned 2014 Second Team All-NESCAC honors. Zuri Pavlin ’17 finished his career as the program’s single season and career rebounding leader while also scoring over 1,000 points.
Satran began his professional career as an assistant at Connecticut College under Glen Miller. In this role, he helped recruit and develop one of the most successful teams in Division III basketball history. The 1997-98 squad finished 22-4, earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the “Sweet 16.” One year later, the Camels posted an undefeated regular season record, earned a number one national ranking and reached the NCAA Division III Final Four.
At Brown, Satran assisted Miller in the beginning of rebuilding the Bears into their most successful four-year record in program history. At NYU, he assisted in all aspects of one of the winningest Division III programs and was specifically responsible for coordinating a national recruiting campaign, game preparation and individual player development.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Satran has been a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for 17 years. In 2011, he was named the New England representative on the nominating committee for the NABC Division III All-Star Game and filled the post for three seasons.
Satran is also an active participant in community service. He has raised thousands of dollars for Coaches vs. Cancer through the team’s tip-off classic that is co-hosted annually with the neighboring Coast Guard Academy. Satran also organizes an athletic department-wide effort to collect travel size soaps to be given to Safe Futures, a Southeastern Connecticut based organization dedicated to helping those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Most recently, the men’s basketball program partnered with Team Impact, a national non-profit organization that connects chronically ill children to college athletic teams. In November 2017, he Camels welcomed Dominic Cann, a six-year-old boy suffering from hypogammagloblinemia, an immunodeficiency disease to the team. Dom attends practices, games, meetings and was honored at the team’s annual spring banquet in May 2018.
Satran recently completed his second three-year term on the Athletic Director’s Advisory Committee (ADAC). He also served as a first-year seminar (FYS) advisor, partnering with other faculty members to advise first year students on academic, pre-professional and social choices. Satran also runs the college’s spring intramural program.
Before beginning his professional career, Satran enjoyed an exceptional career as a student-athlete at Connecticut College. As a senior, he was a team captain and set a single-season school record for 3-point field goals made.
Off the court, Satran earned the Brown/Brooks Award for being the outstanding male scholar-athlete, the Hanna Hafkesbrink Award for being the top humanities student, the James Baird Prize for excellence in critical writing, and the Lyman Allyn Award in honor of the art history student. He graduated in 1994 with a double major in English and art history in 1994 and earned a master’s of teaching English in 1998.
A native of Tenafly, New Jersey, Satran currently lives with his wife, Esther P. Wood Satran ’93, as well as their daughter, Hannah (11), and dog, Farley (3), in Pawcatuck, Connecticut.