Coach DeSantis tenure shockingly ends
Lynn Bushnell responds to University’s decision
By: Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
March 7, 2007
It was announced today that head men’s basketball coach Joe DeSantis would not return to the sidelines for the 2007-08 season.
University athletics director, Jack McDonald, released a statement through Lynn Bushnell, Vice President of Public Affairs. A portion of the statement read, “I want to thank Joe for his 11 years of service to the university. He oversaw our men’s basketball team as we moved from a Division II to a Division I program. We appreciate what he has done for Quinnipiac during his tenure as head coach, and we wish him all the best going forward.”
An email sent to DeSantis was not immediately returned, and calls and emails to the university’s athletic office were referred to Bushnell’s office.
When reached by phone, Bushnell said the university was standing by their decision to cut ties with DeSantis.
“It was a university decision,” said Bushnell. “How we make them is an internal process. The decision has been reached. We certainly thank Joe for everything he’s done for us the past 11 years here.”
Bushnell reiterated McDonald’s comments that the school would retain a national search firm to aid in an aggressive search for DeSantis’ replacement. Please stay with WQAQ.com Sports for more on this breaking story as it develops