St. Peter's to hire Dunne to head hoops program

Updated: May 23, 2006, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- St. Peter's will hire former Seton Hall assistant John Dunne as men's basketball coach, the school announced Tuesday.

A news conference will be held Wednesday to introduce Dunne, a Seton Hall assistant for five years under Louis Orr.

Orr was fired in March. Dunne also assisted Orr at Siena prior to going to Seton Hall.

Dunne will replace Bob Leckie, who retired last month after six seasons and a 67-107 record.

Leckie led the Peacocks to the 2006 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game, which they lost to Iona.

He was 8-48 in his first two seasons before turning the program around with the help of high-scoring guard Keydren Clark, who finished his career as the sixth-leading all-time scorer in NCAA Division I with 3,058 points.

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