DeSantis out as Men’s Basketball coach
by Seth Rothman
March 7, 2007
HAMDEN — Joe DeSantis will not be returning to the sidelines next season as the head coach of Quinnipiac University’s Men’s Basketball team, QU Athletic Director Jack McDonald announced Wednesday.
After a season marred by an ugly allegation of sexual assault against two players (James Feldeine and Trevon Charles), and another player academically ineligible for the fall semester (Job Casimir), McDonald made the decision not to renew DeSantis’ contract.
It was a wildly inconsistent year for the program. They started 2-1, then went on a 9 game losing streak before righting the ship in time to go 11-7 in the NEC. They finished the regular season 14-15, and bowed out of the NEC Tournament in the semi-finals after losing to Sacred Heart 83-69 on Sunday.
McDonald released the following statement: “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.”
DeSantis was the second longest tenured coach in QU history, behind only legendary Burt Kahn.
DeSantis’ tenure at Quinnipiac, spanning 11 years, ended up with a losing record of 118-188, and a disappointing 70-98 in the Northeast Conference. He signed with the team in July, 1996, back when the team was in the Northeast-10 Conference of Division-II, oversaw the team’s rise to D-1 before the 1998-1999 season, and is now fired today, on March 7, 2007.
McDonald said Quinnipiac will retain a national search firm to help the aggressive search for a new coach.