(By Nick Delahanty, Felician College Sports Information Student Assistant)
Former Felician College basketball player Anthony Obery '14 will start a new journey in his career this upcoming season.
Obery, a Roselle, N.J., native, has been hired as an assistant men's basketball coach at the County College of Morris (CCM). At the junior college, he will be working under Eric Powe, who is a former assistant to current Felician head coach Dave DeFerrari.
"I talked to Coach Powe, and he told me there was an opportunity for me at Morris County," said Obery. "I thought he was joking, but when I figured out that he was serious, I decided to check it out and see if it was a possibility."
The visit to the campus was a success, and a possibility to start a coaching career was made a reality. Coach Powe extended an offer to Obery to join his coaching staff, and after thinking it through, Anthony accepted the offer.
"I'm very thankful for Coach Powe, as he always has my back and had the confidence in me to give me this unique opportunity," added Obery. "I also have to thank my father (Antoine Obery Sr.) for his guidance in helping me make this decision on becoming a basketball coach."
Although he spent the past two years playing basketball for Felician College, Obery definitely is no stranger to New Jersey junior colleges. He spent the first two years of his collegiate career at Mercer County Community College, which is in the same conference CCM.
"I've already talked to some of the guys already, and told them about my experiences at a community college," said Obery, who helped lead Mercer to two straight conference championships. "I know the ins and outs of how to win in the conference, and I understand the process of what needs to go down and how things work in order for these guys to get to that next level just like I did."
Throughout his career, Anthony has learned a lot from the coaches he has played for, and mentions that they have been an inspiration for him in helping him not only become better on the court, but also off the court. His most recent coach, DeFerrari, feels that his leadership skills will help him succeed as a coach.
"Anthony just has a way about him, as he is a born leader that has an innate ability to get up in front of people to motivate them," said DeFerrari, who is in his sixth season at Felician. "His presence and the way he talks to people makes him a great leader, as people respond to him in whatever path he's leading them down."
Just because he is beginning his coaching career doesn't mean that we've seen the last of Anthony Obery's playing days. He will continue to play for the Staten Island Vipers of the American Basketball Association. While playing for the Vipers, Obery has had the opportunity to play alongside a few of his former Felician teammates, including his brother, Antoine.
"The Vipers are a great organization that brought me in right after college, allowing me to continue my basketball career," said Obery. "They have a great coaching staff, and allowed me to play alongside my brother again, which is a great experience for me."
Although his schedule will be busy come basketball season, Anthony fully expects to have time to come see his alma mater play, as Felician College will always be a part of him.
"Felician College provided me with a great opportunity, as I was blessed to play basketball at the Division II level, which is something I'll definitely miss," added Obery. "I wish Coach DeFerrari and my former teammates the best of luck this upcoming season, and I definitely know I will be there to support them."