I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend and now we can finally start the dog days of summer, thank goodness. Time to delve in on some of the latest NEC News and Notes from the past ten days.
1. New man in charge at Sacred Heart: Today at a press conference at the Sacred Heart campus, Dave Bike, the 35-year head men’s basketball coach at the school officially announce his retirement for coaching and thus pass the baton to his assistant coach Anthony Latina. Latina, has been part of Bike’s coaching staff for the last eight years and had been the “coaching-in-waiting” since 2007. Bike leaves behind a Division II men’s basketball championship (1986) and a sub-.500 record (154-255) in Division I. Bike’s team got as far as the NEC championship games twice (2006-07, 2007-08) but never won it all. Bike retires with an overall coaching record of 528-500. We wish Coach Bike good luck and wish him well in his retirement.
With the retirement of Dave Bike, CCSU’s Howie Dickenman now owns the title of most tenured head coach currently in NEC men’s basketball at 17 years. Oddly enough, the next most tenured head coach in NECMBB after Dickenman is Bryant’s Tim O’Shea at 5 years. [Read more…]