Leibovitz takes over at Hartford
West Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Dan Leibovitz spent 10 years at former Temple head coach John Chaney's side, and that experience led to the longtime Owl assistant's selection as the new head basketball coach at the University of Hartford on Friday.
Leibovitz spent a decade as Chaney's top assistant and close confidant while also recruiting some of Philadelphia's top high school basketball players. When Chaney retired on March 13, Leibovitz's name was mentioned as a possible choice to replace the legendary coach.
In 2005, the assistant coach took over the head duties during the final three regular season contests and the club's two Atlantic 10 Tournament games, as Chaney served a five-game suspension. He also served as head coach for the final game of this past season against Akron in the National Invitational Tournament, as Chaney decided not to coach the game in order to be with this wife, who was undergoing a medical procedure.
However, after Penn coach Fran Dunphy was hired to replace Chaney on Monday, Leibovitz became available to take over a promising mid-major program.
"I'm joining the university at a time of tremendous growth and see it as an opportunity to build a successful basketball team with a winning tradition of which our students, alumni and community can be proud," said Leibovitz.
Hartford posted a 13-15 record in 2005-06, a season that resulted in head coach Larry Harrison's selection as America East Coach of the Year. Despite the honor, Harrison resigned on March 16 after compiling a 67-107 record in six seasons.
Leibovitz will be put to work immediately, trying to find ways to fill the void left by graduating senior stars Kenny Adeleke and Aaron Cook. Adeleke averaged 20.7 points and 13.0 rebounds per contest last season while Cook posted 16.4 points per game. The Hawks do return promising forward Paris Carter, who averaged 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest as a freshman.
"The foundation for winning is already in place at Hartford," stated Leibovitz. "The quality of play in the America East Conference is high, we have great on-campus facilities and there is a strong direction within the athletics department."
04/14 13:41:26 ET