After a 7-25 season filled with an endless series of unfortunate events, the Hofstra Pride have fired head basketball coach Mo Cassara after three seasons with the team. Even Lemony Snicket could not have crafted a more unlucky year for Cassara, which culminated in athletic director Jeff Hathaway firing the coach Friday morning.
While Hofstra will make an official statement at 1 p.m., it can be assumed that arrests of transfers Taran Buie and Jamaal Coombs-McDaniel, who has not even played a single game for the Pride, were the final proverbial nails in the coffin of Cassara’s time in Hempstead, N.Y.
During his time at Hofstra, the coach truly enjoyed being at the helm of the Pride program. Cassara, who made himself very accessible to students and fans via social media, constantly tweeted about other teams in Hofstra’s athletic program. Following his dismissal from the basketball team, Cassara again took to Twitter for his final positive words about the university.
I REALLY LOVE & VALUE all of my friends, fans, time spent and energy given to Hofstra University. I truly THANK YOU for so much support.
— Mo Cassara (@Coach_Cassara) March 22, 2013
Many had expected Cassara to be granted one last judgment year in Long Island, as the coach recruited tirelessly for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Cassara had lured 7 prospects to commit to the Pride for next season, a number that would potentially overcome the 6 players lost to arrests of this season, but that was not enough.
“We are very thankful to Mo Cassara for his hard work and dedication to the Hofstra Basketball program over the last three years,” Hathaway said in a statement. “Mo is a tireless worker and has tremendous passion for the game and the students that he coached. I personally want to thank him for his commitment to Hofstra Athletics and the University community during his tenure. We wish him the very best.”
Cassara was 38-59 in his three seasons as the head coach of the Pride, but you have to wonder what could have been this year without all of the misery and poor actions by his players. First, the team lost valuable preseason practice time as a result of Hurricane Sandy back in October and with the basketball facilities playing host to the second Presidential Debate. Following that loss of time, Cassara lost two starters in a multi-thousand dollar burglary scandal and Coombs-McDaniel, a member of UConn’s 2011 National Championship team, never played for Cassara this season due to a series of injuries.
Cassara will still be paid the remainder of his contract that lasts through the 2015-16 season.