Monday, March 29, 2010

Fran McCaffery To Coach Iowa Siena Men’s Team

Fran McCaffery born May 23, 1959 in Philadelphia is the Men's head basketball coach at the University of Iowa. He is the former head of the Siena men's basketball program. He previously served as head coach of Lehigh and UNC Greensboro. He was introduced as the new head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Monday, March 29, 2010.

Fran McCaffery

The Hawkeyes last made the NCAA tournament in 2006 losing to Northwestern State on a 3 at the buzzer -- and coach Steve Alford left for New Mexico following the 2007 season. While Alford has built the Lobos into a force in the Mountain West Conference, Iowa hasn't had a winning season since he left. Once one of the top programs in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes went 38-58 under Lickliter while sinking to the bottom of the league. sales and contributions in announcing Lickliter's dismissal.

Fran McCaffery has reenergized Siena's storied program in his four years at the helm and taken it to new heights. Under his direction, the Saints have enjoyed as much success as they have in the 70-year history of the program. McCaffery's Saints own an 85-44 record in his four years with the program and have posted consecutive league titles and NCAA Second Round appearances.
Fran McCaffery

McCaffery, who has been at Siena for five years and brought the school to three straight NCAA Tournaments, is taking the job at Iowa, according to Adam Zagoria. Iowa has convinced Fran McCaffery to leave Siena to become the Hawkeyes’ new coach. McCaffery went 112-51 in five seasons at Siena, leading the Saints to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Siena lost to Purdue in the first round this year and finished with a 27-7 record.

McCaffery spent six seasons at UNC-Greensboro, posting a 90-87 record, before taking over at Siena before the 2005-06 season. McCaffery also coached Lehigh for three seasons, guiding it to the NCAA tournament in 1988, before leaving to become an assistant at Notre Dame.

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