Under the tutelage of new head coach Joe Reilly (main photo), a 1991 Trinity College grad and former head coach at Bates College, and assistant coach Jimmy Shepherd '07 (photo insert lower left), who returns to his alma mater after a year in the business world, Wesleyan men's basketball will be looking to rise among the NESCAC ranks in 2008-09. Coach Reilly has a knack to building strong programs as he elevated the Bobcats during his 11-year tenure in Maine to a top-tier squad. Bates posted a team-record eight straight winning seasons from 2000-01 through 2007-08 including a 20-win season in 2005-06 which earned Coach Reilly NESCAC Coach of the Year accolades. Wesleyan will have a host of veterans in camp for the 2008-09 campaign led by seniors Stan Grayson '09, Ezaakk Diggs '09, Gabe Gonzalez-Kreisberg '09, Jon Sargent '09 and Kevin Scura '09. Back to serve as the team's assistant coach is recent Wesleyan grad Jimmy Shepherd '07, who scored over 500 points his last two seasons in a Cardinal uniform and set a team mark for three-pointers in a season by averaging 3.0 a game in 2005-06. The 2008-09 season gets underway Fri., Nov. 21 in a tournament at Gordon College. There the Cardinals face William Paterson in an opening-round contest.