NEW YORK -- Barry Rohrssen, a Pittsburgh assistant and strong recruiter in the New York area, was hired Tuesday to succeed Bobby Gonzalez as coach at Manhattan.
The 45-year-old New Yorker signed a five-year contract. Gonzalez
left Manhattan two weeks ago after seven seasons to coach Seton
"This feels great for someone from New York," Rohrssen said at
a news conference on Manhattan's Bronx campus. "I took the subway
here today. I am home."
Rohrssen spent seven seasons as an assistant at Pittsburgh. He
was the associate head coach to Jamie Dixon the last two seasons
and was considered one of the top recruiters in the country.
"There were such great people at Pittsburgh and I miss those
kids already," Rohrssen said. "Recruiting in the Big East and the
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference have the same objective, just
recruit good players who want to play at your school. Nothing
Gonzalez led Manhattan to a 129-77 record in seven seasons with
two appearances in the NCAA tournament and two in the NIT. The
Jaspers won two games in the NIT last month before losing at Old
Dominion and finishing with a 20-11 record.
"Continuing what has gone on here means high standards,"
Rohrssen said. "This school has had tremendous success and I hope
to continue that."
Three of the last four head coaches at Manhattan went on to jobs
in the Big East: Steve Lappas, Fran Fraschilla and Gonzalez.
"Some very good coaches have used Manhattan as a steppingstone so we have earned that reputation as a mid-major program that provides opportunities for our coaches," said Manhattan president
Bro. Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC. "With New York City being such a big
part of Manhattan College, Barry being a New Yorker was so
important to us."