Bronx, N.Y. - Fordham University head men's basketball coach Tom Pecora has signed a multi-year contract extension Frank McLaughlin, executive director of athletics, announced today. The extension will run through the end of the 2016-2017 season.
Pecora completed his second year at Fordham in 2011-2012 and has started the process of getting the program back on track with signature wins over a Top 25 team as well as victories over teams from the Big East and ACC. He has improved on the win total the past two years, taking a program that won two games in 2009-2010 to a 9-6 record in 2011-2012 in games at the historic Rose Hill Gym, the most home victories for a Fordham team since 2006-2007. Fordham also notched a winning non-conference record this past winter, the first winning non-conference slate for the Rams since 2006-2007.
"Tom Pecora has done a tremendous job getting the Fordham program moving in the right direction," said Frank McLaughlin. "Tom has worked tirelessly to improve all facets of the program, not only upgrading the on the court results but he has also revitalized our alumni and fan base and has brought Fordham basketball great exposure on the national level."
In his first season on Rose Hill, Pecora immediately energized Fordham fans with a huge win over St. John's while last year, he guided the Rams to a win over Georgia Tech from the ACC in a sold out Rose Hill Gym and then upended nationally ranked Harvard, Fordham's first win over a Top 25 team since 2000.
Pecora, who led Hofstra University to four 20-win seasons as a head coach, was named head men's basketball coach at Fordham University on March 25, 2010. In 16 years at Hofstra with Pecora on the staff (nine years as a head coach, seven as an assistant), the Pride averaged 19 wins a season (246-161). As a head coach, Pecora compiled a 155-126 mark in nine seasons, leading the Pride to four postseason appearances (three NIT and one CBI), the most for any New York City team over that time.
"I'm grateful to the University for making this commitment to myself, my staff and my family," Pecora said. "Since our first day at Fordham we have been doing everything possible to get this tradition-rich program back to where it should be and we will continue to work hard in order to accomplish our goals and represent Fordham in a first-class manner."