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Willard takes reins at Iona as first-time head coach

Updated: April 10, 2007, 2:18 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Kevin Willard was hired Tuesday as the basketball coach at Iona, which hopes the former Rick Pitino assistant can revive a team that began the season 0-22 and finished with the worst record in the program's 62-year history.

Willard spent the past six seasons at Louisville as an assistant and is a head coach for the first time. He succeeds Jeff Ruland, who was bought out of the final two years of his contract.

"Last year doesn't concern me," Willard said ...

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