Hofstra gives Cassara new five-year deal

March, 31, 2011
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Mo Cassara, the Hofstra men's basketball coach, has signed a new five-year contract running through the 2015-2016 season, the school announced on Thursday.

The Pride finished 21-12 overall in Cassara's first year at the helm, and finished tied for second place in the Colonial Athletic Conference -- its highest-ever finish in the conference. Hofstra's 14-4 CAA record was two games better than VCU, which will play in the Final Four in Houston this weekend.

"Mo did an outstanding job this season in leading us to a second place finish in arguably the greatest year in the Colonial Athletic Association's history," said Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes, in a statement released by the school. "He has proven his abilities as a coach and as a recruiter, and we're very excited about the program's future under his leadership."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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