Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pirate Ship To Have New Captain

After five years, the Joe Quinlan era has come to an end as Seton Hall AD has announced his resignation effective one week from tomorrow. (Photo courtesy of Newark Star-Ledger)

Seton Hall has underwent an extreme makeover of sorts over the last six months, starting with the dismissal of former head men's basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez. Now, the latest change the Pirates will have to mitigate will be that of its athletic director.

In a story broken last week by the Newark Star-Ledger's Brendan Prunty, Seton Hall AD Joe Quinlan has announced his resignation effective October 8th in order to pursue "other opportunities" after five years in South Orange. Quinlan had supposedly been working without a contract since September of last year, although that rumor was vehemently denied by former University president Msgr. Robert Sheeran, who resigned himself this past July in the wake of an acrimonious divorce between the university and the aforementioned Gonzalez, who filed a lawsuit against Seton Hall shortly after being fired in March.

Seton Hall will, according to Prunty's story, commence its search for Quinlan's permanent replacement in January, presumably after finding someone to fill the position vacated by Msgr. Sheeran. Since Gonzalez was terminated, both basketball programs at Seton Hall are under new leadership; with former Iona head man Kevin Willard at the helm of the men's program while former New York Liberty coach Anne Donovan takes over for former women's coach Phyllis Mangina, who retired after 25 years on the sidelines at Walsh Gym.

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