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Jamil Pines ’15 Named Boys Varsity Basketball Interim Head Coach

Jamil Pines ’15 Named Boys Varsity Basketball Interim Head Coach

Jamil Pines ‘15 has been named Interim Head Coach for the Germantown Friends Boys Basketball program. Pines has been an assistant coach for the Tigers over the past four seasons. As an alumnus of GFS, former player, and assistant under Head Coach Shawn Werdt, Pines brings a longstanding passion for the Tigers’ program. Currently, Pines works as an Administrative Assistant in GFS’ Admissions office.

After graduating from GFS, Pines attended Elizabethtown College and played guard for the Blue Jays, participating in every game during his four-year career. In his freshman year at E-Town, Pines led his team in steals, and had the second most total assists and assists per game. Pines graduated from Elizabethtown with a degree in Business Administration in 2019. Before college, Pines was a member of a historic Tigers basketball team during the 2014-15 season. Alongside his twin brother Jalil, he led the Tigers to a 21-5 record and the program’s first appearance in the Friends Schools League finals since 1997. During this season, Pines led the team in assists and steals, and was named FSL All-League Honorable Mention.  

“I'm incredibly humbled and honored. I'm grateful and excited for this amazing opportunity, and I'm thankful that the Athletic Department has put their faith and trust in me. The amount of support I have received so far has been tremendous,” said Coach Pines. 

"Jamil Pines has so much to offer the coaching profession,” announced Athletic Director Katie Bergstrom Mark. “Jamil has an inspiring basketball mind and a contagious spirit. I am confident that he will make a significant impact on our athletes’ high school and life experiences due to his distinct and genuine positivity, which profoundly shapes his coaching philosophy.  Jamil has always demonstrated exceptional leadership– as a student, player, assistant coach, and within his professional role at GFS. Now, as the new leader of our program, he will continue to push our program forward. Jamil has established trusted relationships with our returning athletes, possesses a substantial network in the Philadelphia basketball community, and will build a team culture characterized by support, hard work, and competitiveness. ” 

Pines continued to speak highly of his predecessor and mentor: “I want to express my gratitude to Shawn Werdt, one of the best coaches I've had the pleasure of learning from and one of the most outstanding basketball coaches GFS has ever had.” Werdt accumulated over 120 wins in his decade-long tenure at the helm of the boys basketball program, and was named City of Basketball Love Inter-Ac and FSL Coach of the Year in the notable 2014-15 season. “Playing for him and being a part of his coaching staff taught me so much about the importance of hard work, teamwork, and commitment,” said Pines. “I wanted to become a head coach because of him, and I'm forever grateful for him. To now follow directly in Shawn's footsteps, at the place where I made so many memories as a student-athlete, is really a full-circle moment.”

To think that only eight years ago, I was wearing a Tigers jersey, and now I'll be coaching a new generation of Tigers, is pretty surreal,” reflected Pines. “I'm looking forward to coaching a great group of guys while continuously learning, improving, and developing in every aspect of coaching the game I love. In addition, I'm excited to bring a new voice, energy, and perspective to the program.” 

In the 2022-23 season, the Tigers finished with an overall record of 12-16, a record of 3-6 in the FSL, and won the Quaker Cup and Germantown Community Tournament.