From administrative meetings to head hoops coach hirings, it was a busy April week at the Northeast Conference.
The week began with rumors swirling that LIU Brooklyn head men’s basketball coach Jim Ferry was ready to sign on with Atlantic-10 member Duquesne. As it turns out, the reports we right and so was the deal for the head coach of the back-to-back NEC champion Blackbirds.
Introduced to the Duquesne community at a presser on Thursday Ferry said, “It had to take something special to leave LIU.”
Wasting no time following Ferry’s departure, LIU AD John Suarez announced the promotion of associate head coach Jack Perri to the top spot.
The following day, Suarez, a member of the NEC men’s hoops committee, was at NEC headquarters in Somerset as the league hosted it annual administrative coaches’ meeting. Tournament format and regular season scheduling amongst other issues made their way around the table. The group also received a treat to start the day as NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee Chair Jeff Hathaway opened the meetings with an inside look at Selections and Seeding.
There was a lot of movement of the women’s side of things as well this past week. On Tuesday, the league hosted administrative meetings for its women’s basketball coaches. Saint Francis (PA) head coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl became a late cancellation when Big East member Providence announced the former NEC Coach of the Year as the Friars’ new leader.
In a postseason during which NEC coaches, both men and women, were highly-coveted by programs from around the nation, Saint Francis (PA) is the latest to watch its coach graduate onto another job.
The Red Flash are also the lone remaining NEC program looking to fill the first seat on the bench.
While Susan Robinson Fruchtl moved on from the NEC…
… Lisa Cermignano moved in.
Wagner tied a bow around its women’s hoops head coaching search when AD Walt Hameline officially introduced Lisa Cermignano on Wednesday in the Spiro Sports Center.
“She was clearly the fit,” said Hameline during the introductory presser, placing a clear emphasis on the word clearly.
When Cermignano stepped to the podium, in front of a collection of media, family, friends, student-athletes, and alumni, she likened her first visit to Wagner to her initial trip to George Washington back during her high school days.
“I walked onto campus and had the same feeling I did when I first got to GW,” said the newest head coach in NEC women’s hoops.
Cermignano, who was the 1993 New Jersey High School Gatorade Player of the Year while at Gloucester Catholic, signed on to play collegiately at A-10 member George Washington. She took four trips to the NCAA Tournament with the Colonials over the course of her Hall of Fame career. Now, she’ll look to bring a taste of the Big Dance to a Wagner program that has not won the NEC since 1989.
Wagner College formally introduces Lisa Cermignano as new Seahawk women’s head basketball coach – Staten Island Advance (Danny Colvin)
Robinson Fruchtl opts to leave St. Francis – Altoona Mirror (Nate Foreman)
PC Introduces New Women’s Basketball Coach – WLNE-TV (ABC6.com – Ken Bell)
Gloucester Catholic graduate Lisa Cermignano named new women’s basketball coach at Wagner College – Gloucester County Times (Bill Evans)
NCAA Bowling’s Best Still Reside in NEC
The five members of the 2012 All-Northeast Conference Bowling First Team can also be called All-Americans. That’s right! Each of the five all-NEC first teamers earned one of the 15 All-American accolades handed out by the National Tenpins Coaches Association.
The NTCA made the announcement on Wednesday, April 11, fewer than 24 hours from the start of the 2012 NCAA Bowling Championships in Cleveland.
FDU anchor Danielle McEwan, the back-to-back NEC Bowler of the Year, earned a spot on the All-American First Team along with SHU junior Jackie Carbonetto. McEwan also claimed the NCAA Division I Bowler of the Year award. Kutztown’s Kayla Jones represented the NEC on the NTCA All-America Second Team while claiming the NCAA Division II/III Bowler of the Year honor. (NCAA Bowling is non-divisional but the NTCA uses I, II, and III classifications for its major postseason awards program).
FDU’s Joely Carrillo and Sacred Heart’s Nicole Trudell were both named to the NTCA All-America Third Team.
Bottom Line: One-third of NTCA All-America Bowlers call the Northeast Conference HOME!
Top-rated Tweets from the Past Week
@rmucoop44 – Strap up the helmets today baby… Goal line scrimmage!!!!! #darkside
@CoachVanZile – Monmouth Football Blue/White Game 4/21 #MUallDay http://pic.twitter.com/yG3ELPxZ
@DCTViper89 – Good luck @ccsucheer today at nationals. #ccsu
@christierampone – Joining @foxandfriends very soon!!! #EveryStep #CitiEveryStep http://pic.twitter.com/6mFqyYPp
@JmFireUp_ – We have big evaluation day tomorrow .We will start to make some decisions after the practice at all positions . #FireUp
@Baby_Kenther – My view from the hotel… http://instagr.am/p/JUTaLyRxB0/
@TylerThigpen4 – “Be grateful for what you have, while in pursuit of what you want”
@JLanghurst12 – “@billybadknees: @JLanghurst12 Have a great game tonight Jimmy #playoffmomentum #gosharks” Thanks!!
@MarkSingelais – Jr. QB Buddy Leathley is No. 1 on UAlbany’s depth chart in spring football. His biggest competition is soph. Will Fiacchi, per Bob Ford.
Lisa Cermignano is introduced as the women’s basketball head coach at Wagner…
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– April 13, 2012 –