Thursday, March 29, 2007
Moore gets chance to build program at Quinnipiac
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
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
"I think it's a great move for him and Quinnipiac," Calhoun