He isn’t wasting any time!
On the day his new role as men’s basketball coach was publicly announced, Jeff Neubauer was seen running a practice in the Rose Hill Gym.
Fordham officials announced Monday that Neubauer — who has spent the past ten years coaching at Eastern Kentucky University — would replace Tom Pecora, who was axed less than three weeks ago.
“[Neubauer’s] ability to inspire superior performance on the court and in the classroom fits well with Fordham’s mission and our culture,” Fordham President Fr. Joseph McShane, S.J., said in a statement. “Likewise his winning record at Eastern Kentucky will serve Fordham well.”
Neubauer led Eastern Kentucky to five trips to national postseason tournaments and achieved 188 career wins, according to a statement released by Fordham.
Athletics Director David Roach said he was “thrilled” with the basketball team’s change in management.
“[Neubauer] has proven himself as one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the country and brings a tremendous amount of experience to our program,” Roach said.
Neubauer — who will officially be introduced to the Rose Hill campus on Tuesday during a press conference — said he is excited to relocate to the Big Apple.
“I am thrilled to get the opportunity not only to be head coach at Fordham but to coach in New York City,” he said in a statement.
“I really love challenges and am very aware of how competitive the Atlantic 10 Conference is and I’m looking forward to helping Fordham move forward in the conference.”
Pecora was fired as the men’s basketball coach after achieving a disappointing 44-106 record over his five seasons at Rose Hill.