Urgo joins men's basketball staff

June 24, 2011

University Park, Pa. — New Nittany Lion basketball coach Patrick Chambers added another piece to his first staff at Penn State with the announcement of Keith Urgo as an assistant coach. Urgo, formerly an assistant coach at Villanova, joins former Navy assistant Eugene Burroughs on a Penn State coaching staff that has two positions remaining to be filled.

"I worked with coach Urgo during my time at Villanova," Chambers said. "His energy, enthusiasm and work ethic are second to none. He is a D.C. guy that understands the high major level and what it takes to achieve success."

A 2002 graduate of Fairfield University, Urgo played varsity basketball and lacrosse for the Stags. He spent the last four seasons on Jay Wright's staff at Villanova serving for two of those seasons alongside Chambers.

"My wife, Kristy, and I are absolutely thrilled to join coach Chambers and the Penn State family," Urgo said. "We are excited to be a part of such a rich and valued tradition that is Penn State."

A native of Washington, D.C., Urgo joined the Wildcats in 2007 as the video coordinator, where he served for one season before being moved up to the role of director of basketball operations in 2008. He spent two seasons in that position, including 2008-09, when Villanova reached the NCAA Final Four. In 2010-11, he served as an assistant coach. The Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament every season while Urgo was on the staff including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2008 to go with the 2009 Final Four.

Urgo came to Villanova from the basketball coaching staff at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. From 2004-06, he coached the junior varsity to a 32-7 record and assisted with the national powerhouse varsity.

Urgo earned a bachelor of arts degree from Fairfield University. Following graduation, he developed a non-profit organization, "Playing for Peace, Inc.", designed to aide in conflict resolution. The organization is based in four locales: Durbin, South Africa, Northern Ireland, the West Bank in the Middle East and Cypress, Greece. His role there took him first to South Africa and then, with six other recent graduates, to Northern Ireland, where he would remain for 18 months. The organization remains in existence today and now goes by the title "Peace Players International." It was awarded the 2007 Arthur Ashe ESPY Award by the network for its continuing efforts abroad.

Urgo will come to State College with his wife, Kristy.

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Last Updated June 24, 2011