Hofstra's Mo Cassara gets new deal

Updated: March 31, 2011, 2:16 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

Hofstra men's basketball coach Mo Cassara has signed a new five-year contract running through the 2015-16 season, the school announced Thursday.

The Pride finished 21-12 overall in Cassara's first year at the helm and finished tied for second place in the Colonial Athletic Conference -- its highest-ever finish in the league.

Hofstra's 14-4 CAA record was two games better than VCU, which will play in the Final Four in Houston this weekend.

"Mo did an outstanding job this season in leading us to a second-place finish in arguably the greatest year in the Colonial Athletic Association's history," Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes said in a statement released by the school. "He has proven his abilities as a coach and as a recruiter, and we're very excited about the program's future under his leadership."

Cassara became Hofstra's 11th coach in May when he replaced Tim Welsh, who resigned less than a month after taking the job.

Before going to Hofstra, Cassara was an assistant coach for four years at Boston College.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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