Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hoops of Flatbush ~ LIU Blackbirds Lose Head Coach

From the desk of:   THE HOOPS OF FLATBUSH

LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds:  Coach Jim Ferry Leaves Ashland Place Behind for Job at Duquesne.

In ten seasons at the helm, Head Coach Jim Ferry took a moribund program and built it into a Northeastern Conference power.  He inherited a program that went 5-22 in the season prior to his arrival.  By his sixth season as coach, the 2007-2008 Blackbirds played to a 15-15 record.  Then after having successfully built a solid foundation,  Coach Ferry constructed a team that won 52 games over the last two seasons,  and earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.  In this most recent 2011-2012 campaign, his Blackbirds were the second highest scoring team in the Nation.

Coach Ferry will now leave Long Island University-Brooklyn, after having accepted the position at Duquesne earlier in the week.

The departing coach didn't just save an athletic program here, he put Downtown Brooklyn on the national map.  For that, we Brooklynites are thankful, and wish Jim Ferry all the best in his new endeavour to rebuild Duquesne.

Assistant Coach Jack Perri will now take over LIU-Brooklyn's program.

* Photo - BTB


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