Thursday, April 2, 2015

Jeff Neubauer Introduced at Fordham; Held Practice on First Day

Former Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer was officially introduced at Fordham University this week.

Here is a release that was put out by FU:

Jeff Neubauer, head coach at Eastern Kentucky University for the past ten years, was named head men’s basketball coach at Fordham University on March 30, 2015.

“We are delighted to welcome Jeff Neubauer to the Fordham family,” said Joseph M. McShane, SJ, president of the University. “His ability to inspire superior performance on the court and in the classroom fits well with Fordham’s mission and our culture. Likewise his winning record at Eastern Kentucky will serve Fordham well. Most importantly, we believe Jeff will be a positive force for our student athletes, in their careers and in their lives.”

Over the past ten years, Neubauer led Eastern Kentucky to five 20-win seasons, including each of the past three years, and five trips to national postseason tournaments, including a berth in the 2014 NCAA Championships where the Colonels nearly upset second-seeded Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Jeff Neubauer has decided to become the next head men’s basketball coach at Fordham,” said Roach. “He has proven himself as one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the country and brings a tremendous amount of experience to our program. We are confident that Jeff can lead us to success in the Atlantic 10 Conference, one of the top basketball conferences in the nation.”

Neubauer’s 188 career wins at Eastern Kentucky is second only to Paul S. McBrayer's 214 at the school and his overall mark as the Colonels’ leader is 188-134.

“I am thrilled to get the opportunity not only to be head coach at Fordham but to coach in New York City,” said Neubauer. “I really love challenges and am very aware of how competitive the Atlantic 10 Conference is and I’m looking forward to helping Fordham move forward in the conference.”

The past five seasons have been like none other at Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels’ 101 victories over that stretch are the most during any five-year period in school history. EKU won a school-record 25 games in 2012-13 and accumulated 70 victories over the past three seasons.

Despite being picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division this year, Neubauer guided the Colonels to a first place finish, earning the No. 2 seed in the OVC tournament. The Colonels finished the year 21-12, falling in the quarterfinals of the Postseason Tournament (CIT) last week.

Complete Release

What did Neubauer do on his first day in New York? Practice of course:

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