Hartford hires longtime Temple assistant Leibovitz

Updated: April 14, 2006, 1:16 PM ET
Associated Press

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Dan Leibovitz, a longtime assistant at Temple, is the new coach at Hartford.

Leibovitz spent 10 years as an assistant and top recruiter under coach John Chaney, who retired last month after 24 seasons at Temple. On Friday, Leibovitz replaced Larry Harrison, who resigned after posting a 67-107 record in six seasons.

Hartford finished 13-15 this season, and Harrison was named America East coach of the year.

"The foundation for winning is already in place," Leibovitz said. "The quality of play in the America East Conference is high, we have great on-campus facilities, and there is a strong direction within the athletics department."

The 32-year-old Leibovitz became available when Penn coach Fran Dunphy was hired this week to replace Chaney.

Leibovitz briefly took over the head coaching duties at Temple during the 2004-05 season when Chaney sat out a five-game suspension. He also took over during the Owls' NIT loss to Akron last month when Chaney left to be with his wife, who had health problems.

Harrison's only winning season, a 16-13 campaign, came in 2002-03. The Hawks' men program has had only six winning seasons in 22 years under three coaches.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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