Niagara named Chris Casey its new men’s basketball
coach Monday, ending a 12-day search to replace Joe Mihalich, who departed for
Hofstra after 15 seasons.
Casey spent the last three seasons at Long Island
University Post, where he took the Pioneers to two Division II NCAA Tournaments
in 2012 and 2013, finishing with a 62-25 record. In 2011-12, Casey was named East Coast Conference
coach of the year and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division
II coach of the year.
This season, LIU Post finished with an 18-9 record
and finished tied for second in the conference with a 13-5 ECC record, which
was a determining factor Niagara, which returns its core group after claiming
the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season championship.
All of Niagara’s players attended Monday’s press
conference to announce Casey’s hiring and Casey has three scholarships to fill.
The Purple Eagles last NCAA appearance was in 2007.