Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Duquesne men's basketball has a new bench
Jim Ferry was named to the position on Tuesday, filling the vacancy created
when Ron Everhart was relieved of his duties on March 23. He will formally be
introduced at a Thursday afternoon press conference, as the 16th man to lead
the school in the program's 95-year history.
"Ferry has been a winner at every level," said director of athletics Greg
Amodio. "Through a combination of hard work, strong character and outstanding
leadership he experienced unprecedented success at LIU. I look forward to him
using those same qualities to make his mark on the Duquesne basketball
program. He is an aggressive recruiter whose teams are known for tough,
physical play. Jim is the right fit for Duquesne right now."
The 44-year-old Long Island native comes from a successful 10-year stint at
LIU-Brooklyn, during which he took the program from 5-22 in 2002-03 to
a 27-6 record in 2010-11. He guided the Blackbirds to a 25-9 mark last season.
Over a 14-year career in the coaching ranks, Ferry boasts a 254-168 record,
three Division II tourney berths and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances at
the Division I level.
"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Duquesne University,"
said Ferry. "I look forward to the challenge of taking this program to the
next level. "I was very impressed by the commitment shown by president [Dr.
Charles] Dougherty and Greg Amodio during the interview process. They have a
clear vision of where they'd like this program to be. I look forward to making
that vision a reality."
The Dukes posted a 16-15 record this season, one that came to an end with a
loss to Massachusetts in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Everhart compiled a 99-89 record as Duquesne's head coach, including a 46-50
mark in A-10 play.
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