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Andy Toole Reportedly Interviews With Siena; Robert Morris Does Not Want to Let Him Go

Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

Just a little over a week ago, Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole led the Colonials to their biggest win in school history, knocking off Kentucky in the opening round of the 2013 NIT Tournament.

Following the big win, the hype surrounding Toole as a young and upcoming coach has attracted the interest of a couple mid-major programs in the Northeast-area. Robert Morris wants to keep their head coach as a Colonial and the athletic department is reportedly set to do “everything they can” to do so.

However, Toole will pursue and weigh his options over the next couple of weeks and according to the Albany Times Union, Toole was at the Siena campus on Thursday morning, interviewing for their head coaching position. Hofstra, who recently made the decision to fire head coach Mo Cassara, was also rumored to be connected to Toole.

Toole, who is just 32 years old, is one of the youngest head coaches in the country. In three seasons at Robert Morris, Toole has led the Colonials to a 68-36 record. Robert Morris has not made the NCAA Tournament in that span, but the recent trip to the NIT is a great accomplishment. Robert Morris also took part in the 2012 CIT Tournament a season ago, so Toole has led the program to back-to-back postseasons.

Prior to hiring Toole, Robert Morris was led by Mike Rice, who is now the head coach at Rutgers. With that being said, there is not much doubt that the Colonials have made two excellent hires in their own right, but the Colonials are hoping that they can keep Toole from moving up and leaving the university.

 

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