The team from Brooklyn Heights continues to reach new heights.
In the midst of a renaissance under second-year head coach John Thurston, St. Francis Brooklyn achieved the program’s first-ever national Top 25 ranking.
The Terriers (11-2), who have been knocking on the door the past few weeks, finally cracked the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major National Top 25. SFBK found themselves in the No. 25 spot when the first 2014 edition of the poll was released on January 7.
— Angela Lento (@collegeinsider) January 7, 2014
The selection is a product of St. Francis’ progression which began when Thurston took over a team that went 4-25 during the 2011-12 season.
In his first season at the helm, Thurston guided the Terriers to a 7-win improvement and the team end a five-year postseason drought.
Thus far this season, St. Francis has emphatically proven that last year’s bump in success was no fluke.
With all five starting players returning to the lineup, the Terriers went on to record the best non-conference showing in the program’s history. St. Francis won nine of its 11 non-league contests and its .818 win percentage was the highest amongst the NEC’s 10 teams.
Riding high into the New Year, Thurston’s Terriers have kept the good times rolling.
With come-from-behind wins against Mount St. Mary’s and Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis is off to a 2-0 NEC start for the first time since the 1990-91 season.
The Terriers’ recent accomplishments appear even more remarkable when viewed in an historical perspective.
Over the three seasons prior to Thurston’s arrival, the Terriers, who have never won a NEC title, averaged 3 wins per year.
Currently the NEC’s hottest team, St. Francis carries a seven-game win streak into its next game – a January 11 contest against borough rival LIU at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Following this past Monday night’s win at FDU, Thurston appeared more interested in looking ahead than celebrating the team’s recent success.
“I’m proud of the fact that our team refused to give up tonight,” Thurston said before offering some constructive criticism.
“We have to get back to playing with a little more aggressiveness, especially on the offensive end. Our initial defense has been solid but we need to be a little more aggressive on the offensive end.”
SFBK Tweet Sheet
— leah fechko (@Leah_OCANADA) January 8, 2014
Yay at getting ranked in top 25 in mid-major!!!😃😃😃 #SFBKWBB
— Eilidh (@eilidhsimpson41) January 8, 2014
— Dionne Dodson (@SFBK_CoachD) January 8, 2014
An interview with SFBK head coach John Thurston from February 27, 2013. He spoke extensively on the Terriers’ Turnaround shortly after the team clinched a postseason berth. The interview begins at the 17:01 mark of the video.