Just days after the Hofstra Pride failed to lure coach Tim Cluess from Iona, the dilapidated men’s basketball program is expected to make a coaching announcement on Wednesday. Per Steven Marcus of Newsday, Hofstra will introduce long-time Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich as the Pride’s next head coach, sources said Tuesday night. The school will announce that Mihalich, 56, has agreed to a six-year contract with Hofstra but terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mihalich will certainly be entering an adverse environment Wednesday, becoming the man to replace Mo Cassara at the helm of the Pride. Cassara was beloved by many in Long Island, however six players were arrested under his watch this season and now just four scholarship players remain on the team’s roster following a multitude of dismissals, graduations and Taran Buie’s imminent transfer.
Entering that mess may seem like a tall task for a coach, but it should not bee too challenging for Mihalich. The coach, who held the reigns of the Purple Eagles since 1998, was the 2012-2013 MAAC Coach of the Year and leaves the conference as the league’s all-time winningest coach. Mihalich earned 265 victories at Niagara, leading the school to two NCAA Tournament berths and three appearances in the NIT. This past season Niagara (19-14, 13-15) earned the MAAC regular season conference title, en route to an NIT Tournament berth.
At this point, any success in the postseason will be more than welcomed by the dwellers of the Mack Sports Complex.