Moore is more, as Quinnipiac’s New Head Coach Draws National Media Attention
HAMDEN – Just three weeks ago, fans of the Quinnipiac University Bobcat Basketball team were left wondering what was ahead in the future for this program. While the dismissal of head coach Joe DeSantis may have come as a surprise, fans now understand the decision better as Quinnipiac held a press conference Thursday to introduce their new head coach, former lead assistant at Uconn, Tom Moore.
There was quite a bit of pomp and circumstance surrounding this event on Lender Court at TD Banknorth. The event was open to the public and one of the special guests at the press conference was UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun has maintained a good relationship with Quinnipiac throughout the years as they schedule their home opener each year vs. the Bobcats. Joked Jack McDonald, “This year they’re coming to here to play us.” In the past, this should have only been considered a joke, but the hiring of Moore makes the content of that joke a possibility.
Moore’s resume is quite impressive. He was a graduate of BostonUniversity in 1987, was an assistant at Division II Assumption College (1988-89) and Worcester State (1987-88). Moore was hired by Calhoun prior to the 1994-1995 and elevated himself to lead recruiter and eventually Associate Head coach prior to the 2005-2006 season.
Quinnipiac’s search for head coach, while tit appears they didn’t have to look far, actually was a tedious process. The university hired DHR International, a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions to help find their new coach. Although they stayed within state, the sentiment around the university and the country for that matter was that Moore was the right man for the job.
The hiring of Tom Moore also attracted national attention, as radio superpower WFAN in New York conducted a 10 minute interview on the Mike and the Mad Dog radio program. Although both Mike Francesa and Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo were not too familiar with Quinnipiac, it was still great publicity for the school for Moore to be interviewed on the highest rated sports talk radio show in the country. Moore maintained poise and confidence throughout the duration of the interview.
Moore has a difficult task on his hands as he is losing four of his top five leading scorers from last year. However, he is still fortunate to still have forward and leading scorer (15.4ppg) DeMario Anderson for next year. Despite that challenge, Moore is excited for the opportunity. “I am thrilled to be joining the Quinnipiac University family as the head men’s basketball coach,” said Moore. “The growth of the university under the leadership of President John Lahey has been unparalleled in the Northeast, and I am honored to become a part of that continued quest for excellence.”
This move is an important one for Quinnipiac and although the talent on the roster may not be there yet, they have now have a man with a history of NBA-caliber recruiting, and he has learned from arguably the greatest coach in college basketball in Jim Calhoun. Things appear to be looking up at Quinnipiac in Basketball, and fans should be eager to come support the new look Bobcats.