Monthly Archives: March 2007

Moore is more, as Quinnipiac’s New Head Coach Draws National Media Attention

Moore is more, as Quinnipiac’s New Head Coach Draws National Media Attention
Peter D’Alauro 

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.

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Heart Breaking Loss for Bobcats in GWLL Season Opener

Heart Breaking Loss for Bobcats in GWLL Season Opener
By TJ Buzzeo
March 29, 2007

HAMDEN — The Men’s Lacrosse team was on a rocky mountain high after a 13-2 blowout against the Wagner Seahawks on March 20, when the Pioneers from the University of Denver came all the way to Hamden to play their Great Western Lacrosse League rivals.

The Pioneers started the season a dismal 4-4 entering the game against the 3-2 Bobcats and showed that they were much better than their record shows when they came out and scored the opening goal of the contest in the first 18 seconds of the game.

Quinnipiac did not stay down very long when Todd Kaiser tied the game up with 12:24 left in the first quarter. Jon D’Ascoli put the Bobcats in the lead just 32 seconds later. Denver did not allow Quinnipiac to hold onto their lead scoring three goals before the end of the first quarter, giving them a slight two goal lead, 4-2.

The second quarter opened similar to the way the first had ended, with a Denver goal.However, Tucker Prudden struck back with a goal, to bring the margin back to two goals. Then, Denver extended the lead back to three, when the Bobcats leading scorer Mike Stottler took matters into his own hands and scored the next two goals of the game. Denver tacked on one more before the half ended and took a two goal lead into the half.

The Pioneers came out swinging in the third quarter extending their lead to 8-5.  Then Alex Marotto got the Bobcats back within two when he scored. However, Denver did not back down and scored another two goals in the quarter forcing their lead to four.

Down 10-6, the Bobcat comeback again was spearheaded by Stottler when he scored his third goal of the game, giving him the hat trick. The hat trick was his fourth this season. With the Bobcats down three goals at the start of the fourth quarter Stottler connected with Mike Gast twice to making the score 10-9.

The Bobcats were unable to get the tying goal, but did prove that they can play with Denver and can not be taken lightly. Goaltender Roger Fish matched his career high in saves with 14 and Mike Hennessy lead the game with eight ground balls. The Bobcats stay in GWLL play when they travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday March 31.

Moore to bring New Vision, New Attitude to Quinnipiac

Moore to bring New Vision, New Attitude to Quinnipiac
by Seth Rothman
March 29, 2007 

HAMDEN — In between the congratulatory handshakes, Tom Moore, Quinnipiac’s new basketball coach, had a message for his new team at the press conference Thursday to officially announce what WQAQ Sports reported on Monday night.

“We’re going to build it more from the defense to the offense,” Moore said. “We like to play fairly fast offensively, but the toughest teams to play are the opportunists that can consistently break, that can grind you and make you play a lot out of the half-court, and make you take a shot late in the shot clock.”

It is the opposite philosophy than Joe DeSantis had, who was fired from the position 22 days ago.

For the last 13 years, Moore, Quinnipiac’s 6th coach in the 55 year history of the Men’s Basketball program, has been Jim Calhoun’s top assistant at Connecticut. Despite the fact that he has been in Storrs for over half of his professional career, Moore is excited to begin his first Division I head coaching job.

“This is a huge career decision. When you have a wife and three children, it just multiplies, too. The pressure that you can put on yourself to make that decision is enormous,” Moore said. “The last week or so has been that way; just dealing with a range of emotions. It’s been hard, it’s been really hard the last week balancing the excitement and the nerves.”

Moore, who planned to meet with the team later in the afternoon on Thursday, said his team will be better disciplined than DeSantis’ team. DeSantis had issues this past season with an academically ineligible student, and the alleged sexual assault involving freshmen players James Feldeine and Trevon Charles.

“What I’m hoping to do when I see the guys this afternoon is to sort of tell them a little bit about what I’m about, what I stand for,” Moore said. “Not throw a lot of rules at them right now. The first thing I’m going to talk to them about is their academic performance. A major part of being a student athlete is the student part.”

Moore, 42 in May, is known as a brilliant recruiter. He’s not, however, looking for the player that can jump the highest and run the fastest. He will look for a different type of student-athlete.

“It’s going to be someone who I feel will buy into the academic part as well. It’s going to be someone who is selfless enough, and somebody who’s going to be committed to what’s happening here,” Moore said. “It’s going to be about basketball savvy.”

For Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald, this afternoon’s announcement was the perfect ending to a hectic month.

“We certainly landed a local guy, but I’ll tell you, it was incredible the national names and the national attention that this search brought from all over the country,” McDonald said. “There were major Division I head coaches and assistant coaches who had great, great interest in Quinnipiac.”

Quinnipiac President John Lahey was equally pleased with the outcome of the coaching search when he opened the press conference with opening remarks.

“The step we’re making today absolutely is an enormous leap forward for Quinnipiac University, our athletic program, and more specifically, our men’s basketball team,” Lahey said. “I couldn’t be happier with the person we attracted to direct and lead our men’s basketball program.”

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was also in attendance, sitting in a reserved seat in the second row to the right of the stage set up at the baseline at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Calhoun has been tutoring Moore and getting him ready for this day for 13 years. According to McDonald, however, it was Calhoun’s recommendation that set Moore apart from the rest of the field.

“He [Moore] was almost the first name that popped up, and it stayed throughout the process,” McDonald said. “In general, it was just a good feeling.”

“Coach Calhoun is like the atom bomb. You can only drop it once. He waited for the perfect time to drop it,” Moore said. “They pursued me pretty quickly, and he was doing that at the same time, so it kind of happened on its own. His weight in the college basketball world is just so big.”

“I think it’s a great move for him and Quinnipiac,” Calhoun said. “Quinnipiac is growing like crazy; I have no doubt it is now a better place because of Tom Moore.”

Moore hasn’t watched video on his new team. He said he wants to let his eyes give him his first view on them. However, when his Huskies played the Bobcats this season, he was very impressed with their offensive skill.

“We always feel like they attacked us offensively. I think Coach DeSantis is a great offensive coach, they always had a great mindset when they played us,” Moore said. “Most smaller schools would come in and play UConn and be intimidated. I always thought Coach DeSantis did a great job getting his kids excited to play us and try to take us down.”

“I thought even in the middle of the year this year, without being able to see many games, just as a college basketball fan, that stretch they had this year when they won 10 of 12, the only losses were Central Connecticut, is a really impressive stretch,” Moore said.

Moore has very high goals for his team. When asked if he thought the Bobcats, losing 5 seniors this year, might be in a rebuilding phase he insisted his team was going to be successful.

“I’m looking at next year. Our goal every year here to get to the NCAA Tournament,” Moore said. “So, I don’t think we should short-sell ourselves next year. Whatever challenge comes our way, we’ll do our best to try and solve it.”

Moore officially introduced

Moore officially introduced
by Seth Rothman
March 29, 2007

HAMDEN — Tom Moore was officially introduced as the new coach of the Quinnipiac Bobcats Men’s Basketball program this afternoon at a press conference on Lender Court at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.

Stay with the WQAQ Sports Blog for more on Moore’s introduction throughout the next few days.

Lady Bobcat picks up National Lacrosse Honor

Lady bobcat picks up National Lacrosse Honor 

Freshman Hauser named National Rookie of the Week

John Chagaris

March 28, 2007

 

HAMDEN, CT – After losing two tough road games the Bobcats answered in style with two key wins, one against CCSU and one again LIU, coach Caro needed players to step up, and Freshman Brittany Hauser was one of the ones who stepped it up. Brittany Hauser has earned National Rookie of the Week honors from Womenslacrosse.com, which is the second such rookie award for Hauser this week. Hauser had previously earned NEC Rookie of the Week honors.

 

Caro needed her players to step up and it was actually Hauser’s offense that helped the Bobcats on a two game winning streak, as she was involved on both game winning situations, and on the defensive side Hauser held her direct opponent scoreless in both games while gaining six draw controls and two ground balls. Hauser’s defense helped as Quinnipiac only allowed one second half goal against CCSU last Friday.

 

During her game during the Bobcats NEC home opener against LIU, Hauser had a career high three assists including two key assists feeding Tiffany Manzi and Jannelle Lopez. Hauser also scored a goal to set another career high with four points.

 

The women’s lacrosse team is on a road trip this weekend, traveling to Saint Francis PA and Robert Morris.

Quinnipiac close to announcing Moore as Head Basketball Coach

Quinnipiac close to announcing Moore as Head Basketball Coach
by Seth Rothman
March 27, 2007

UPDATE – 3/28/07 – 10:45 pm – Quinnipiac has announced the press conference will be Thursday at noon. They are not officially giving a reason for the press conference, though, according to sources, it is to announce Tom Moore as the newest coach of the Men’s Basketball team. The press conference will be open to the public, and will take place on Lender Court on the basketball side of the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Stay with WQAQ Sports for more on this developing story as it develops. 

HAMDEN — Multiple sources inside Quinnipiac Athletics say Quinnipiac is close to announcing Connecticut’s Tom Moore as their newest head men’s basketball coach. Sources say Quinnipiac is planning an announcement for later this week.

A source says it is “highly likely” there will be an announcement soon, and the plan is to introduce Moore as Quinnipiac’s newest coach.

Moore, 42 in May, has most recently been the asssociate head coach at the University of Connecticut under the tutelage of Jim Calhoun.

He has been at UConn for 13 years, and was promoted to his current position before the 2005-2006 season. For the previous 11 seasons, Moore was previously an assistant coach at the program after joining UConn before the 1994-95 season.

Moore has garnered a reputation as a solid recruiter, which has led him to be a candidate for many head coaching positions throughout the country. This season, he was mentioned as a candidate for the vacant St. Bonaventure job, but interviewed Sunday at Quinnipiac, toured the TD Banknorth Sports Center, and now is primed to accept the job.

It has been previously reported that QU plans to award the new coach up to $300,000; quite a large number for a school of Quinnipiac’s stature as an NEC team. That, along with “The Bank,” made this opening an attractive one.

Stay with WQAQ Sports for more on this breaking story. 

Bobcats Claws are out; Quinnipiac Women’s Lax over CCSU 9-6

Bobcats Claws are out; Quinnipiac Women’s Lax over CCSU 9-6

John Chagaris

March 23, 2007

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The dates have changed, the venue has changed, the opponent has changed, and so has the play of the Quinnipiac Women’s Lacrosse team, as the Quinnipiac Bobcats traveled to face the Blue Devils of Central Conn. State University. Just 5 days removed from losing 16-3 against Harvard the Bobcats had a chip on their shoulder and it all began with the outstanding goalkeeping of Hannah Nelson and the Quinnipiac defense. After Sunday’s loss against Harvard Head Coach Danie Caro said “We just didn’t come to play today. We’re going to need to figure out what improvements need to be made before Friday’s game.” Those improvements came from the defense.

The heart and soul of a team comes from the goalie, Caro needed Freshman Redshirt Hannah Nelson to step up and put the Harvard game behind her, and she did just that., making six saves and only allowing one goal in the second half.

“Hannah Nelson came up big for us with some key saves in the second half,” said head coach Danie Caro.

Quinnipiac entered the second half down 5-3 and credit can be given to assistant coach Christy Smallman who fired up the team during halftime.

“Issues of coming out slow in the first half were not issued that had to deal with skill at all,” said Coach Smallman, “They had to do with getting fired up, playing with heart and giving 110 percent. We really needed to light the fire in the second half.”

The Bobcats responded, Tiffany Mansi scored just over two minutes into the half and Nicole Fiore tied the game on her tenth goal of the season with 20:28 to go in the game, the goal was assisted by birthday girl Katie Latonick who scored her first goal of the season to round up the 4-0 run giving Quinnipiac a 7-5 lead, a lead they would not give up.

Tiffany Mansi had four points and Nicole Fiore netted a hat trick as the Women collect their first NEC win of the season. The Bobcats will look to start their NEC Season 2-0 as they take on LIU Sunday at noon at home.