News and Notes Around the NEC: May 30

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…]

Dir. of Basketball Operations Josh Pelletier leaves LIU Brooklyn MBB for Duquesne

After what has been a pretty quiet and steady off-season thus far for the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team, today we learned that a member of the coaching staff is heading elsewhere. Josh Pelletier, who was the Director of Basketball Operations on Jack Perri’s staff this past season, is leaving LIU to join former LIU Brooklyn head coach Jim Ferry’s staff at Duquesne next season as Director of Administration.

Pelletier joined Jack Perri’s coaching staff last August as his final coaching staff hire. He leaves after helping the Blackbirds win their third of three straight Northeast Conference tournament championships.

Pelletier now becomes the fourth coaching staff member in two years to leave the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball program for Duquesne who play in the Atlantic 10 conference. He joins Ferry, assistant coach Rich Glesmann, and director of basketball operations Danny Lawson who all left LIU Brooklyn last April after Ferry was named the head men’s basketball coach at Duquesne.

We wish Coach Pelletier good luck in his new job at Duquesne.

News and Notes Around the NEC: May 20

Welcome to the summer of 2013 debut of News and Notes Around the NEC. We are now 131 days until Friday, September 27 which is the new earlier date for NCAA Division I teams can begin practicing for the 2013-14 men’s basketball season. In the 40-plus days since a national champion was crowned, there has been plenty of news, transactions, transfers, announcements, etc. that has come forth in the world of NEC men’s basketball. Time to get a bit up to speed on some of the information you might have missed since the NEC hoops season wrapped up. [Read more…]

BHJ’s 2nd Annual List of Fun (but probably unlikely) opponents for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds: ’13-14 Edition

We are nearly a month into into the college basketball offseason and unlike like last year for LIU Brooklyn, it has been a lot more drama free. By this time last year, LIU had a couple of players decide to transfer and had to deal with a head coaching change from Jim Ferry to Jack Perri. For the defending three-time Northeast Conference men’s basketball champions, other than recently landing two new commits for the upcoming year in guards Iverson Fleming and Joel Hernandez, getting word of Julian Boyd getting his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA to play next season, and the recent name change of the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center to the Steinberg Wellness Center, it has been relatively smooth transition in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

As always during this time of the offseason, coaches are working on getting their non-conference schedule for the following season completed and finalized. This offseason present a bit more of a challenge for coaches in the NEC in terms of non-conference scheduling as coaches now have to schedule two more non-conference games as the NEC conference season is shorten from an 18-game schedule to a 16-game schedule for the upcoming season. Some NEC schools will probably have very little trouble getting two more non-conference games scheduled as they’ll likely an extra guarantee road game or two, get some guaranteed money for the university and the program in exchange for a blowout loss against a power conference school. For teams who finished at the bottom of the NEC last season, this is likely the route they will take but for good NEC teams going into next season like LIU, Robert Morris, Wagner, Mount St. Mary and Bryant, finding quality opponents will be a much more exhausting task. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn MBB adds Temple to their ’13-14 non-conference schedule

On Wednesday morning, College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein tweeted out the following:

This tripleheader is likely the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational which LIU Brooklyn was a part of last season when they played Seton Hall. This would be the first confirmed game at the Barclays Center for LIU for the upcoming 2013-14 season. [Read more…]