Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tom Moore fired after 10 years at Quinnipiac

Tom Moore's tenure at Quinnipiac has come to an end after 10 years and 162-150 record in Hamden. (Photo by Vincent Simone/NYC Buckets)

Tom Moore's decade-long tenure at Quinnipiac is over.

The Bobcats' head coach, embattled in a rebuilding project over the past two seasons, was fired Tuesday morning by athletic director Greg Amodio, as first reported by CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

Moore, who departs with a 162-150 record over ten years in Hamden, guided the Bobcats to four postseason appearances during his reign, but none since 2014. A record of 19-42 in the past two seasons ultimately spelled the end for the former Jim Calhoun assistant, whose last game at the helm was an 88-69 loss to Niagara in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament this past Thursday.

"After reviewing the last two seasons and talking with Coach Moore, I have decided that a change in leadership of the men's basketball program is needed for it to move forward in meeting our goals," Amodio stated in a university-issued release.

Hired in 2007 after 13 years on Calhoun's staff at the University of Connecticut, where he assisted the Hall of Famer through two national championships and the Huskies' ascent to a national powerhouse, Moore quickly built the Bobcats into a contender in the Northeast Conference, coming within seconds of an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010 before Robert Morris' heroics stole a conference championship. Upon joining the MAAC in 2013, Quinnipiac became an instant contender, finishing third in the conference in their first season.

Moore coached seven players to all-conference honors, and helped develop Mikey Dixon into this season's MAAC Rookie of the Year. He was also named Coach of the Year in the NEC for the 2009-10 season.

Quinnipiac will begin a search for his successor immediately, using the executive search firm DHR International to assist in the process.

2 comments:

  1. Sad. Another delusional quick to blame AD fires an excellent coach whose teams had overachieved for years and for sure was ready to return to relevance with much young talent. I hope all the talented frosh transfer and the school is mired in the bottom of the MAAC for many a year.

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  2. Actually, the move was no surprise at all. 10 years and not one NCAA berth was unacceptable to a lot of alumni, especially with what Moore was getting paid at a mid major (over $350K a year). Plus with women's hoop and hockey getting good berths on a regular basis and attendance dropping big time, the AD had no choice.

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