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Former New Oxford High School boys' head coach hired for women's staff at Penn State

STEVE HEISER
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Former New Oxford High School boys' basketball head coach Sean Bair is shown during his stint as a graduate assistant at Arkansas. Bair has been hired to women's basketball staff at Penn State.

Sean Bair's next step on his college basketball coaching journey is bringing him back to his Pennsylvania roots.

The former New Oxford High School boys’ head coach has been hired to the women’s staff at Penn State.

Bair, 29, will work for second-year head coach Carolyn Kieger, who announced Bair’s hiring in a news release on Thursday afternoon. Kieger also announced the addition of Tyler Dandridge to her staff.

Bair will serve as director of video and analytics, while Dandridge will take on the role of director of recruiting operations and player development.

Bair comes to PSU after a stint as a graduate assistant coach with the Arkansas men's program. With the Razorbacks, he worked extensively on recruiting graphics, logistical organization and camp and strategic research, while assisting in several other aspects of the program.

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Before his stop in Arkansas, Bair was the head boys’ coach at New Oxford from 2013-2019. With the Colonials, he was 9-35 during his first two seasons, but finished with three-straight winning seasons, including two trips to the PIAA Class 5-A state playoffs in 2017 and 2018. His New Oxford teams posted 20-plus wins in both 2018 and 2019.

Bair left New Oxford after the 2018-2019 season to pursue college coaching opportunities. He left the Colonials despite the fact that they returned a wealth of talent for 2019-2020. In 2020, the Colonials made the PIAA 5-A quarterfinals under new head coach Nate Myers before the season was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Gettysburg native, Bair earned his bachelor's degree in history from Dickinson College in 2012 and is working toward a master's degree in adult and lifelong learning from Arkansas. Bair’s father, Jeff, is the Gettysburg High girls’ head coach, and his sister, Anne, is a standout rising junior for the Warriors. Another sister, Ellen, is the head coach of the successful Linden Hall girls’ high school program.

"Sean brings a wealth of experience from different levels of coaching," Kieger said in the news release. "His Pennsylvania basketball ties run deep. We know he will be a great asset to our program.”

The Penn State women’s staff members face a big challenge ahead of them. The Lady Lions are coming off a 7-23 season in Kieger’s first year at PSU, including a 1-17 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Lady Lions have had one winning season since going 24-8 in 2013.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.