St. John's Names Billy Singleton Director Of Men's Basketball Operations
Former STJ, BBL standout returns to his alma mater with the Red Storm basketball staff.
Sept. 18, 2007
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's head men's basketball coach Norm Roberts announced the naming of 1991 University grad and former hardwood standout Billy Singleton as the Red Storm's Director of Basketball Operations. Singleton is responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of the men's basketball office, including team travel and meals, coordinating practice schedules, assisting in the monitoring of student-athlete academic progress, providing support for recruiting and serving as the program's chief liaison to basketball alumni.
"Billy is a great addition to our staff, with his experience as a student-athlete, coach and administrator," said Roberts. "He brings experience as a former head coach in the British Basketball League (BBL), and his experience as an athlete, especially as a former student-athlete at St. John's will make him a great mentor for our guys."
Singleton was a three-year letterwinner at St. John's and co-captain as a senior in 1991, playing for Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca and alongside greats such as Malik Sealy, Jason Williams, Jason Buchanan and Robert Werdann. He played in 96 career contests, averaging 8.7 points per game and 5.7 rebounds with a .478 field goal percentage. He was a member of the 1989 St. John's NIT Championship team, and is markedly remembered for joining Sealy in carrying Carnesecca off the court following the coach's 500th career win on Feb. 2, 1991.
Following commencement from St. John's, Singleton enjoyed a 16-year playing career abroad, with stints in Australia, France, Uruguay, Ireland, Chile, Israel, Cyprus and most notably, England, where he remains among the British Basketball League's all-time scoring leaders. Singleton spent a combined 13 seasons playing in the BBL, capturing the league's championship with the Leicester Raiders, Cheshire Jets and Scottish Rocks.
After spending one season as an assistant coach with the BBL's Cheshire Jets, Singleton spent the last two seasons as head coach. With Cheshire, he was responsible for all on-court operations of the club, including: team selection, player development, practice and game preparation while also managing the team's budget.
A native of the Bronx, Singleton attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School. He is the nephew of current Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Ed Pinckney, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1985 Final Four with Villanova before a 12-year NBA career.