All in with Allison – Big decisions

Written By Allison Schubert, Co-Sports Editor

The men’s basketball program is storied at Point Park.

It has had its ups and more recently, its downs, but right now, it is also in a void.

Last week, I wrote about the hiring of Point Park’s new athletic director, John Ashaolu, and the big shoes that former athletic director Dan Swalga left behind for him to fill.

Now, Ashaolu gets to aid in his first tedious task as a Pioneer, filling the currently unoccupied role of this year’s men’s basketball coach.

Gabe Bubon was the head coach of the program for the past two seasons after his predecessor, Bob Rager, retired after 27 years as a Pioneer.

Bubon, who has been with Point Park for 14 years, 12 of which were as Rager’s assistant coach, accepted a position in June as the head mens’ basketball coach at his alma mater in Warren, Ohio.

During Bubon’s time at Point Park, the team was plagued with academic suspensions.

Each of his two years as head coach saw at least two starters among others sit out during the spring semester, and latter half of the season, due to poor academics.

This year, the men open their season on Nov. 1, but the position that Bubon left still remains vacant.

This new coach will be only the sixth men’s basketball coach that Point Park has had in its nearly 60 years as an institution.

Ashaolu may be new to the green and gold, but his first major decision for the university will be coming up before he knows it.

Welcome to Point Park, time to make history.