Kina, Booker, Heary, Sprink, Victor and Whitaker are some of the stars returning
Naval Academy graduate and basketball standout Hassan Booker joined Tom Marryott's coaching staff in the fall of 2003 and begins his second season with the program this fall.
Booker, who played under Marryott at the Naval Academy Prep School, is a 1998 graduate of the Naval Academy. He lettered in each of his four years at the Naval Academy, helping lead the Mids to a 74-41 overall record and a 39-11 Patriot League mark. Navy totaled three league regular season titles in Booker's career and reached the NCAA Tournament as a junior and senior.
The team leader in field goal percentage and in rebounds as both a junior and senior, Booker ranks third in Navy history with a career field goal percentage of 55.4-percent, is tied for third with 61 career steals, stands ninth with 628 career rebounds and 19th with 931 career points. He was named First-Team All-Patriot League in both 1997 and '98, and was selected as the league tournament MVP in 1997.
A surface warfare officer, Booker first deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship the USS Ogden, then served as the auxiliaries officer aboard the destroyer USS Vandergrift from December of 2001 through May of 2003. The Vandergrift conducted escort operations for the career battle and amphibious readiness and logistical support groups during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Individually, Booker was a member of the eight-person VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and Seizure) Teams which visited potential Iraqi contacts of interest and potential terrorists being smuggled around the Persian Gulf.
A lieutenant, Booker has been assigned to the Naval Academy since the summer of 2003 and teaches advanced navigation in the professional development department.