Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore signs extension through 2018

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In six seasons as the head coach at Quinnipiac, Tom Moore’s led the Bobcats to heights the program had not reached as a Division I member prior to his arrival. With three postseason appearances and an overall record of 108-81 to his credit, Moore’s been rewarded with a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

The Bobcats will begin their first season as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) this fall, making this a good time to display their commitment to Moore as he looks to make Quinnipiac a contender it its new league.

“I am thrilled to sign another five-year contract extension to remain here at Quinnipiac University,” Moore said in the release. “I have received incredible support from our entire administration since the first day I arrived. President John Lahey, Vice President Mark Thompson, and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald have provided our program and student-athletes everything we have needed to be successful both on the court and in the classroom.

“I am both inspired and energized by this commitment to me as we transition into the MAAC in the years ahead.”

Quinnipiac finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 15-16 (11-7 NEC), losing to eventual conference tournament champion LIU Brooklyn in the quarterfinals of the NEC tournament. Leading scorer Ike Azotam (13.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg) returns for his senior season and he’ll be joined inside by Ousmane Drame, who was second on the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg) while averaging 9.6 points per contest.

On the perimeter Umar Shannon, who averaged 11.2 points and 3.3 assists per game at St. Francis (PA) in 2012-13, will likely move into the role that the now graduated Dave Johnson (7.8 ppg, 3.9 apg) held.

Having the experienced Shannon on board will help Quinnipiac as the program makes its transition to the MAAC, but they’ll need sophomores James Ford Jr. and Kendrick Ray to take the next step in their development as well.

Quinnipiac and UConn are latest to announce entrance into 2012 Paradise Jam

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The state of Connecticut will have two representatives in the 2012 Paradise Jam, set to take place this November in the Virgin Islands.

Along with Jim Calhoun and the Connecticut Huskies, Quinnipiac will join the field of eight teams for the annual event.

The rest of the field includes New Mexico, Mercer, Illinois-Chicago, Iona, Wake Forest, and George Mason.

Marquette won last year’s tournament with a 59-57 win over future NCAA tournament darlings Norfolk State.

Paradise Jam will help to begin what is expected to be a trying season for Connecticut in 2012-13, as the Huskies lose Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drummond, Roscoe Smith, Alex Oriakhi, and Michael Bradley from last year’s team.

They also face a postseason ban from the NCAA tournament, stemming from a low Academic Progress Rate.

The Huskies will be bringing in three players for the start of the 2012-13 season: Omar Calhoun, a New York native, big man Phil Nolan, and German prospect Leon Tolksdorf.

Quinnipiac is coming off a season in which the team finished 18-14, including 10-8 in the NEC. The Bobcats participated in the CBI tournament, losing in the first round to Penn.

They will also be bringing in three players from the Class of 2012, highlighted by St. Anthony (N.J.) guard Tariq Carey.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_