Bowling Green chooses former Seton Hall coach Orr
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Louis Orr was hired as the new basketball coach at Bowling Green on Wednesday, a job the former Seton Hall coach called "the perfect situation."
Louis Orr has a 100-80 overall record in six seasons as a Division I head coach and led Seton Hall, his last coaching job, to two NCAA tournament berths.
• Was the Big East coach of the year in 2003.
• Was an assistant coach at Xavier, Virginia, and his alma mater Syracuse.
Orr, fired last year after five seasons at Seton Hall, takes over a team that failed to reach the NCAA tournament in 10 seasons under Dan Dakich.
Orr had an 80-69 record at Seton Hall, and had two years left on his contract when he was dismissed after the Pirates lost by 20 points in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
He led his teams to the NCAA tournament twice and to the NIT in 2003, when he was selected Big East coach of the year.
The Falcons finished 13-18 this past season, but return 10 of their top 12 scorers next season.
Bowling Green athletic director Greg Christopher said he was impressed by Orr's passion for coaching.
"We have attracted an individual to our campus who will mentor and develop champions both on the court and in life," Christopher said.
Orr was criticized at Seton Hall for failing to attract top players from the New York-New Jersey area. The school's athletic director said Orr was let go over disagreements about recruiting and management of the program.
Before coaching Seton Hall, Orr led Siena to a 20-11 record and a tie for first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2000-01. He played at Syracuse from 1976-80 and then for eight years in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. He grew up in Cincinnati.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press