Hot Seat Index: Northeast Conference
A pair of longtime coaches could be getting pressure to move on after a couple of down seasons.
The coaching carousel will kick into high gear soon and, in advance of that event, Eye on College Basketball will prepare you with a league-by-league Hot Seat Index, corresponding with conference tourney play. With assistance and input from Jeff Borzello, I'll talk to coaches in the league and then rate each head coach from 1 to 10.
If you get a 1, you are as safe as it gets. If you're a 10, you might want to start looking for a new gig.
Next up is the Northeast, which got its conference tournament started on Wednesday. Remember, 10 is the hottest of the hot seats, and 1 is the coolest:
Bryant: Tim O’Shea -- Despite falling in the NEC quarterfinals, the Bulldogs had a 17-win improvement from last season. O’Shea was only 20-99 in five seasons before this one, but winning 19 games this season is impressive. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Central Connecticut State: Howie Dickenman -- Dickenman is 66 years old and has been at Central Connecticut for 17 years. During that time, he is 262-241 -- with no NCAA tournament appearances since 2007. There is a new AD in town; despite having three more years on his deal, could there be pressure? HOT SEAT INDEX: 5
Fairleigh Dickinson: Greg Vetrone -- Vetrone was fired this week after a 7-24 season in which the Knights won just two NEC games. He was 26-95 during his time at FDU. HOT SEAT INDEX: FIRED
LIU Brooklyn: Jack Perri -- In his first year replacing Jim Ferry, Perri went 17-13 in the regular season and has the Blackbirds in the semifinals of the conference tournament. He has three years left on his contract. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Monmouth: King Rice -- Rice was hired amid some fanfare two years ago, and the Hawks had opened new facilities in the summer of 2009. However, they have struggled during Rice’s two seasons, going just 22-41 overall. Moreover, the Hawks are moving to the MAAC next season. He does have three years left on his deal. HOT SEAT INDEX: 5
Mount St. Mary’s: Jamion Christian -- The former VCU assistant has brought his version of “HAVOC” to the Northeast Conference, and it’s working. The Mountaineers won their final seven games and are in the NEC semifinals after finishing the regular season 16-13. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Quinnipiac: Tom Moore -- Moore is in his sixth year at Quinnipiac, going 93-65 in the first five years -- including 45 total wins in 2009-10 and 2010-11. This season, the Bobcats went to 15-16 and were bounced in the conference quarterfinals. The former UConn assistant hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament yet, but he is signed through the 2016-17 season. HOT SEAT INDEX: 3
Robert Morris: Andy Toole -- Since taking over the Colonials before the 2010-11 season, Toole has done nothing but win. However, he hasn’t gotten to the NCAA tournament yet, although they won the regular season title this year. He is 67-34 in three seasons and has two years left on his deal. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Sacred Heart: Dave Bike -- Bike has been at the helm of the Pioneers for 34 seasons, although they only became D-I in 1999-2000. He hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament and went just 9-20 this season. With Bobby Valentine taking over as AD, they could want a fresh face soon. HOT SEAT INDEX: 7
St. Francis (N.Y.): Glenn Braica -- Braica had St. Francis as the league’s surprise team last season, but it struggled to a 12-18 mark this season. He has gone 42-48 in three seasons and has yet to finish above .500 yet. It’s a very difficult job, however. HOT SEAT INDEX: 3
St. Francis (Pa.): Rob Krimmel -- Krimmel took over before this season, and he went just 5-24 during his debut campaign. Working in favor of the former longtime assistant is the fact that he is the son of athletic director Bob Krimmel. HOT SEAT INDEX: 3
Wagner: Bashir Mason -- Replacing Danny Hurley wasn’t going to be an easy task, but Wagner has remained competitive and is still alive in the conference tournament semifinals. The Seahawks went 18-11 during Mason’s first regular season in charge. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
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