By Matt Norlander
The man some thought would (and still could) one day replace Jim Calhoun at UConn just received a lot of support from his current school.
Quinnipiac coach Tom Moore renegotiated his deal this offseason, signing an extension through 2016 yesterday afternoon, the school announced. It's the second extension Moore has earned since he arrived there. Moore was an assistant at UConn before taking the job about an hour south of Storrs, at Quinnipiac, in 2007. He is 75-51 in four seasons with the Bobcats.
Since Quinnipiac is a private school, it has the option to not reveal the details of its coaches' contracts. That's what happened here.
"I am thrilled to receive another contract extension from Quinnipiac University," Moore said in a statement. "President John Lahey and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald have been incredibly supportive of me and my program since I arrived here four years ago. I am excited about our future as we continue to establish Quinnipiac as one of the elite programs in the Northeast Conference."
The Bobcats have been a strong presence in the Northeast Conference since Moore came on -- they've just yet to make an NCAA tournament. In the 2009-10 season, the Bobcats won a program-best 23 games and their first NEC regular-season title. Moore has coached his team to a 28-8 record in the conference the past two seasons.
And this is particularly impressive. From the school's release:
"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."
Good job by Moore, who is knocking on the door of an NCAA berth. Quinnipiac knows it has a good coach right now, a coach that will one day earn a better job. That day could come sooner than the school would like, but at least they stepped up and showed their support yet again for a coach that's taken the school to a level it's never been at before.