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Thursday, March 29, 2007
Moore gets chance to build program at Quinnipiac

Associated Press

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac University hired Connecticut assistant coach Tom Moore as its coach, hoping that one of the architects of the Huskies' dominance can lead the Bobcats to new heights.

"To be chosen to lead this men's basketball program at such a dynamic and exciting time in this university's development is an incredible honor," Moore said at a news conference Thursday.

Moore joined Jim Calhoun's staff as a recruiter in 1994. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2005-06 season.

During his time with Calhoun, the Huskies won both their national championships, eight Big East regular-season titles, and five conference tournament titles.

It was that experience that led Quinnipiac to choose Moore, said athletic director Jack McDonald.

"He was almost the first name that popped up, and it stayed throughout the process," McDonald said. "In general, it was just a good feeling."

The Huskies finished this season 17-14 and failed to get a postseason bid for the first time in 20 years.

Moore will replace Joe DeSantis, who left after 11 years as the Bobcats' head coach. He had a 118-188 record and finished this season 14-15.

He joins a Quinnipiac program that in January moved into the $52 million TD Banknorth Sports Center, a 180,000-square-foot building that houses twin arenas, a 3,570-seat bowl for basketball and a 3,286-seat hockey rink.

Calhoun, who attended Thursday's press conference, said some people might be surprised that Moore chose Quinnipiac over bigger schools, but said it will give him a chance to build his own program.

"I think it's a great move for him and Quinnipiac," Calhoun said.