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Former Coach Songster Selected to Philly Small College Hall of Fame

March 13, 2012

“It’s not easy to follow a legend,” commented Dave Pauley, Basketball Coach at the University of the Sciences, in his opening remarks about former Cheyney University Basketball Coach Charlie Songster.

A long time assistant to John Chaney, Charlie Songster took over the reins of the Cheyney men’s basketball program after John Chaney moved to Temple University. Coach Songster guided the Wolves for nine seasons compiling 155 victories.

The Songster era began in 1982. He led the Wolves to a 26-6 mark earning him NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) East District Coach of the Year in Division II. It was the first of eight straight winning seasons for Songster as the Wolves head coach.

In 1985-86 Songster led the Wolves to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA Final Four. His squad posted a 29-5 mark.

In nine seasons, Songster won two PSAC East titles, two PSCA Titles and made two appearances in the NCAA tournament.

He is the second Cheyney University coach to be inducted. John Chaney was inducted into the Philadelphia Area Small College Hall of Fame in 2008. Songster is also a member of the Delaware County Hall Fame.