HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has announced that men's basketball head coach Tom Moore will remain in Hamden for another five years after signing a contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"Tom runs his entire program in a first-class manner, and we're delighted to extend his contract through the 2017-18 season," said McDonald. "The shared commitment by Tom and Quinnipiac University has resulted in a program that is admired for its accomplishments on and off the court. We are greatly appreciative of everything he has done to make our basketball program so successful."
In a program long defined by achievement, Moore in his six seasons at the helm of the Quinnipiac University men's basketball program has placed his own imprint of success on Bobcat basketball. Under his dynamic stewardship, which includes three national postseason appearances and several individual accolades, Quinnipiac has established its place on a national stage.
"I am thrilled to sign another five-year contract extension to remain here at Quinnipiac University," said Moore. "I have received incredible support from our entire administration since the first day I arrived. President John Lahey, Vice President Mark Thompson, and
Director of Athletics Jack McDonald have provided our program and student-athletes everything we have needed to be successful both on the court and in the classroom. I am both inspired and energized by this commitment to me as we transition into the MAAC conference in the years ahead."
Under Moore's tutelage, the Bobcats made three straight national postseason appearances (NIT, CIT, and CBI) from 2010 to 2012. He was named the Jim Phelan Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2010, the CollegeInsider.com Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, and most recently selected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.
Since taking over in the 2007-08 season, Moore has guided the Bobcats to an average of 20 wins over the last four seasons, including two 20-plus win campaigns in 2010 and 2011. He has amassed an overall record of 108-81, eclipsing the 100-win plateau last season against instate rival CCSU on January 24, 2013. Moore reached the milestone faster than any QU Division I men's basketball coach and became the second fastest in program history. At the conclusion of his most recent campaign, he contains the fifth highest winning percentage among active New England Division I coaches.
Moore led Quinnipiac to an unprecedented 23 victories in 2009-10; guiding the Bobcats to the programs first-ever NEC Regular-Season Championship and national postseason tournament berth (NIT). Under Moore's tutelage, Justin Rutty was named the program's first-ever NEC Player of the Year. Rutty and James Feldeine were also named to the all-league first team under Moore's direction.
A year later, Moore guided the Bobcats to a 22-10 record and a home game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Rutty was named to the All-NEC First Team for the third straight year, while James Johnson joined him among the league's top five players, giving Moore back-to-back years with a pair of All-NEC First Team members.
In the 2011-12 season, Moore channeled the Bobcats to an 18-14 record and a trip to the CBI Invitational Postseason Tournament. James Johnson and Ike Azotam were selected to the All-NEC Second Team, while Ousmane Drame was named to the All-NEC Rookie Team. With Moore instructing him every step of the way, Drame became Quinnipiac's Rookie leader in rebounds and blocked shots in his inaugural season.
In its final season as a member of the Northeast Conference in 2012-13, Quinnipiac made its eighth straight appearance into the NEC Tournament. With Moore in charge, Quinnipiac earned 10 or more regular season wins in all six seasons – a distinction that not one other NEC team shared with the Bobcats. He was 70-38 during his stint with the NEC which ranks him eighth all-time in winning percentage among coaches with multiple seasons at an NEC institution. Ike Azotam was named all-league for the second straight year, making the Bobcats one of three schools to place a player on the all-conference team in each of those seasons.
Outside of conference play, the Bobcats endured a grueling 2012-13 non-conference slate which featured five games against NCAA Tournament contenders. Quinnipiac went 3-2 in those games though, including a 2-0 mark against non-conference NCAA teams - beating the MAAC Champion, Iona, and the America East Champion, Albany. Quinnipiac also made some noise in the 2012 Paradise Jam, the Bobcats' first, in-season Division I tournament in program history.
Tom Moore Coaching Records at Quinnipiac
A large part of the Bobcats' success over the past four years has been their prowess on the glass. Quinnipiac has established itself as a national power in rebounding, evidenced by its consistency in three major categories. Most recently in 2012-13, Quinnipiac led the nation in total and offensive rebounding while finishing second in rebounding margin. In the 2011-12 season, Quinnipiac led the nation in offensive rebounding and finished second, only behind North Carolina, in total rebounding and rebounding margin.
In 2009-10, Quinnipiac was one of four teams – Kansas, Kentucky and Radford – to finish the year in the top 10 in the country in both rebounding margin and rebounds per game, before repeating the feat in 2010-11, joining Pittsburgh and Old Dominion. Quinnipiac finished 2009-10 behind only Michigan State (+8.6) in rebound margin at +8.5, while taking 10th in the nation in rebounds per game at 40.4.
Along with team recognition on the glass, comes individual accomplishments as well. Rutty, the NEC's All-Time Career Rebounding Leader finished second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (4.9) for the second consecutive year in 2009-10. Azotam, who is on pace to challenge Rutty's rebounding mark, finished 15th in offensive rebounding (3.6) and 30th in total rebounding (9.5) in 2011-12, and 15th again in offensive rebounding (3.5) in 2012-13.
Off the court and in the classroom, Moore led the greatest turnaround of any team in NCAA Division I during his first three years as head coach. According to a study prepared by FoxSports.com's Jason Belzer, the Bobcats increased their Academic Progress Rate (APR), as compiled by the NCAA, by 219 points, more than any other program in the nation in that time. Over the last six years, Quinnipiac has boasted tremendous success academically among the Northeast Conference as well. At the end of the 2010-11 school year, the Bobcats accumulated the highest team GPA in the league.
In 2008-09, Moore was named the CollegeInsider.com Northeast Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Quinnipiac a fifth-place finish in the NEC standings despite a slew of injuries throughout the campaign. Quinnipiac upset No. 4 Long Island in the NEC Tournament on the Blackbirds home court before losing to eventual NEC Tournament Champion Robert Morris.
Moore also guided three players to All-NEC accolades in 2008-09. Junior James Feldeine and sophomore Justin Rutty became the first Quinnipiac duo to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding, respectively. Rutty received First Team recognition, while Feldeine was named to the Second Team and receiving the first Northeast Conference Most Improved Player Award in the league's history. Freshman James Johnson was also named to the All-NEC Rookie Team. Landing Rutty on the first team and Johnson on the all-rookie team marked the second consecutive year that Moore had a player on each team.
The Bobcats finished the 2007-08 season at 15-15 overall as Moore guided Quinnipiac to its first non-losing season since 2002-03. Its 11-7 mark in Northeast Conference play helped the Bobcats to a tie for fourth place in the conference standings. Under Moore's direction, DeMario Anderson was named First-Team All-NEC, while Evann Baker earned All-Rookie Team recognition.
Quinnipiac officially joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in July and looks to make its mark during the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac's season opens at the Connecticut 6 Classic on Saturday, November 9 against Hartford at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.
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QUINNIPIAC – Signed Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore to a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.