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Casey is set to coach Niagara

Chris Casey will be the next men’s basketball coach at Niagara University.

Sources said that Casey was on the Niagara campus on Friday to meet with athletic department officials there. He agreed to accept an offer from the Purple Eagles.

Casey will replace Joe Mihalich, who earlier last week took the head coaching position at Hofstra.

Casey has been the head coach of LIU Post, a Division II school, for the past three seasons, guiding the program to a 62-25 record with two East Coast Conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Casey becomes the second LIU Post coach to leave for a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school. Tim Cluess has been the head coach at Iona for the last three seasons.

Niagara went 19-14 overall this past season, and the Purple Eagles took the MAAC regular season title with a 13-5 mark.

Before taking the job on Long Island, Casey spent six years as an assistant coach at St. John’s under Norm Roberts. His first two seasons, he was director of operations before being promoted to assistant coach.

With the Red Storm, he was responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting, player development, on-court instruction and practice and game preparation.

Prior to working at St. John’s, Casey spent three years with Central Connecticut State as its top assistant and recruiting coordinator. In 2002, the team won the Northeast Conference championship. In 2003 he was named the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year.

From 1998-2001 he was the head coach at Rutgers University-Newark, earning New Jersey Athletic Conference Coach of the year honors in 2001.

He spent eight years at Saint Peter’s as the team’s recruiting coordinator. During his time there, the Peacocks won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles in 1991 and 1995.

He is a 1986 graduate of Western Connecticut State where he earned a degree in business administration.

He was twice a captain for the basketball team and the program made an appearance in the ECAC Tournament his senior season.

Casey has a tough act to follow after Mihalich spent 15 seasons at Niagara. Mihalich led the Purple Eagles to two NCAA Tournaments and into the NIT three times. In those 15 years, Niagara had a winning record in 12 of them.

The Purple Eagles lose just two seniors from the roster, Scooter Gillette and Devon White.