An intense roller coaster ride. There is no other better way to describe the season the LIU Brooklyn Brooklyn Blackbirds had in 2012-13. One that ended in historic fashion as the Blackbirds became the first ever Northeast Conference team to win back-to-back-to-back NEC Tournament championships and make a third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. The way that LIU got to that point was by no means a picnic. Of the three championship seasons, this one definitely had its biggest share of crazy events happen which only added to the drama as the season unfolded yet help make the season one of the sweetest for Blackbirds fans.
It all started back in April when Jim Ferry on April 10th announced that he was leaving LIU Brooklyn after ten seasons as head coach and after guiding the Blackbirds to two straight NEC championships to take over as head coach at Duquesne University. After the announcement was made, LIU Brooklyn Athletic Director John Suarez immediately promoted associate head coach Jack Perri, who had been with the program for the past seven years, to become LIU’s 13th men’s basketball head coach. [Read more…]