Pat Scanlon '03, MS 'O9
What Being an Alumnus Means to Me...
Being a Valiant alumnus means a great deal to me. I'm extremely proud to have gone to school at Manhattanville. And, to work here and give back to the school that gave me so much, is pretty hard to describe. I believe Manhattanville is a really special place - difficult to describe. I've always been really fond of our mission, "to educate ethically and socially responsible leaders." I believe this school really lives up to that and I try to follow our mission with coaching our basketball team; along other parts of the campus I am involved with.
It's amazing to me how far this school has come in my 12 years here. Although there are challenges for a small school like us, with such a unique history we find a way to thrive. As an alumnus, I am really proud of what our school has stood for. I love that we have such diversity and encourage our students to be involved. College is supposed to provide an all encompassing learning experience, and Manhattanville holds true to that. I believe that at heart all kids want to be involved, and here you really have to be. They get such a hands-on experience that when they leave here for the "real world" they are so much better prepared than most.
The fact that I get to coach basketball at my alma mater hits me all the time. I'm so grateful for this opportunity. Manhattanville is such an amazing place with a fascinating history, but it's really about the people. People here (Faculty, Staff, Coaches, Etc.) will go above and beyond to make it work for the students, both past and present. I really cherish the opportunity to teach our players about what it means to be a Valiant. Aside from having such a unique nickname, we also have a nickname with great meaning. How this school came to be where it is really fits the "Valiant" name.
I love hearing from our alumni on their experiences while here as students. Even better is for my team to hear from them as well. When alumni talk about Manhattanville, there is a real pride in what they say; each story is so unique. The best decision I have ever made was to attend Manhattanville, and I can't speak highly enough of what it means to me to be a Valiant.
Pat Scanlon finished his sixth season as head men's basketball coach at Manhattanville in 2009-10, and continues his goal of building the Valiants into a perennial contender both in the Freedom Conference and nationally.
Scanlon has amassed a 104-60 (.634) career record in six seasons and has led the team to four conference championships (three regular-season and one tournament) in his time in Purchase. He currently sits third all-time in career wins in program history and his winning percentage easily ranks as the highest ever at the school, while Scanlon's time at the helm has coincided with the winningest six-year stretch in program history.
On Sunday, December 19, 2010, Pat Scanlon got to fulfill his dream by coaching his team at the "World's Most Famous Arena," Madison Square Garden as he brought his team to a victory against SUNY Purchase College.
While Pat continues to achieve great success through his coaching career at Manhattanville, he is proud to be a Valiant Alumnus and to inspire current and future students at his alma mater.