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Monday, July 18, 2011

Moore signs contract extension at Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has announced that Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore has signed a contract extension through the 2015-16 season. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"I am thrilled to receive another contract extension from Quinnipiac University," Moore said. "President John Lahey and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald have been incredibly supportive of me and my program since I arrived here four years ago. I am excited about our future as we continue to establish Quinnipiac as one of the elite programs in the Northeast Conference."

Moore guided the Bobcats to a 22-10 record and a home game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2010-11. Justin Rutty was named to the All-NEC First Team for the third straight year, while James Johnson joined him among the league's top five players, giving Moore back-to-back years guiding a pair of All-NEC First Team members.

Moore led Quinnipiac to an unprecedented 23 victories in 2009-10, guiding the Bobcats to the program's first-ever NEC Regular Season Championship and national postseason tournament berth (NIT). Under Moore's tutelage, Rutty was named the program's first-ever NEC Player of the Year. Rutty and James Feldeine were also named to the all-league first team under Moore's direction.

A large part of the Bobcats' success in 2009-10 and 2010-11 was their prowess on the boards. The Bobcats led the nation in offensive rebounds per game (16.3) in 2010-11, while finishing second in rebounds per game (42.5) and fourth in rebounding margin (+9.3). Under Moore's direction, Rutty finished his career as the Northeast Conference's all-time leading rebounder (1,032).

Quinnipiac was one of four teams - Kansas, Kentucky and Radford - to finish the year in the top 10 in the country in both rebounding margin and rebounds per game in 2009-10, before repeating the feat in 2010-11, joining Pittsburgh and Old Dominion. Quinnipiac finished 2009-10 behind only Michigan State (+8.6) in rebound margin at +8.5, while taking 10th in the nation in rebounds per game at 40.4. Individually, Rutty finished second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (4.9) for the second consecutive year in 2009-10.

Over the last two years, the Bobcats' 28-8 record against NEC opponents is the best in the league, while the excitement Coach Moore has brought to Hamden has resulted in the conference's top average attendance at home games.

In the classroom, Moore led the greatest turnaround of any team in NCAA Division I during his first three years as head coach. According to a study prepared by FoxSports.com's Jason Belzer, the Bobcats increased their Academic Progress Rate (APR), as compiled by the NCAA, by 219 points, more than any other program in the nation in that time.

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