Justin Pini enters his third season as an as assistant coach with the William Peace University men’s basketball team where he has been an integral part of building the program from the bottom up since its inception in 2012.
He has helped improve the team’s win total in its first two seasons and is directly responsible for the continued growth of the program with his ability to consistently bring in top talent from around the state of North Carolina.
“Justin is a tremendous asset to our basketball program both on the court and on the recruiting trail,” said head men’s basketball coach Claude Shields. “Most importantly, he is able to connect with each of our student-athletes to push them academically and athletically.”
Prior to joining William Peace, Pini had already familiarized himself with the USA South Athletic conference serving as an assistant coach for Methodist University from 2008-2012. He was also the head coach of the junior varsity squad during his time with the Monarchs and coached six all-conference selections, three of which he was responsible for recruiting. This includes Marcus Connor who led all division of college basketball with 133 blocked shots in 2008-09.
In addition, Pini has coached at numerous camps around the country including schools such as Davidson, Notre Dame, Richmond, Charlotte, and George Mason. He also spent 2007-08 as an assistant coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School here in Raleigh.
Pini graduated from Duke in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received his Masters in 2007 from Seton Hall in Diplomacy and International Relations. A native of Galax, Virginia, Pini graduated from Mooresville High School.
John Bunch enters his third season as an assistant coach with the William Peace University men’s basketball team and has been here since November 2011 when the program first started the process of recruiting student-athletes.
“John has grown into an extremely valuable member of our staff,” said head men’s golf coach Claude Shields. “His knowledge of X’s and O’s on the court is very impressive for someone his age, and his ability to connect with our players is a huge asset as we continue to grow our program to new heights.”
Before graduating from North Carolina State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, Bunch attended Greensboro Day School where he had the opportunity to play and seek tutelage from legendary coach Freddy Johnson.
Bunch played in the 3A state championship game his junior year under Johnson and experienced first-hand what it takes to build a successful program during his time as a Bengal. Jonson has 882 career wins holding the title of all-time winningest high school coach in the state of North Carolina. He has seven state championships under his belt and has coached several all-star teams, including the 2013 McDonald’s All-American East Team.
In addition to being an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program, Bunch also serves as an assistant coach for the Pacer’s golf team.