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Ferry hired as men's basketball coach

By Chad Houck and Wes Crosby
On April 11, 2012

  • Jim Ferry led LIU-Brooklyn to the NCAA tournament the past two seasons and hopes to bring the same success to Duquesne. AP Photo

With postseason success in mind for a replacement for fired coach Ron Everhart, Greg Amodio hopes he found his man in Jim Ferry.

The New York-native spent the last two seasons leading Long Island University-Brooklyn to NCAA appearances after winning the NEC, the first time LIU had made back-to-back Tournament appearances in its history, and topping Duquesne crosstown rival Robert Morris. Ferry led the Blackbirds to 52 wins and a 34-2 record in conference play the past two years.

"Jim Ferry has been a winner at every level. Through a combination of hard work, strong character and outstanding leadership he experienced unprecedented success at LIU," Amodio said in a statement Tuesday. "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 Ferry becomes the 16th head coach in Duquesne's 95-year history. The Wall Street Journal reported Ferry's deal is for seven years with a base salary of $600,000.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Duquesne University," Ferry said in a statement Tuesday. "I look forward to the challenge of taking this program to the next level."

Ferry was named the NEC Coach of the year in 2005 and 2011 and held an overall 150-149 record in his 10 seasons at LIU.

He has coaching experience at all three collegiate levels and has 254 wins in 14 seasons with LIU, Division II Adelphi College and Division III Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Ferry brings a similar up-tempo style to that which Everhart ran on the bluff for six seasons. His team scored 81.4 points per game last season, good for second best in the nation. In 2011, they finished 27-6 and were the fourth-highest scoring team in the nation.

His record at Adelphi College is just as impressive. From 1999-2002, Ferry's teams went 82-11 and qualified for the Division II Sweet 16 all three seasons, including two Elite 8 appearances in 2001 and 2002.

The athletic department will hold a press conference in the A.J. Palumbo Center gym this afternoon at 2 p.m. to officially announce the hiring.


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