May 10, 2001
STORRS, CONNECTICUT - Tom Moore,
assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Connecticut
for the past seven years, Wednesday was named to replace Karl
Hobbs as a "recruiting" assistant at UConn and former Holy
Cross and Seton Hall head coach George Blaney will also join the
Husky staff as an assistant coach.
"As I looked out over the college basketball landscape to identify
the best assistant coach choices for our Connecticut program, I
realized the ideal two picks were very well known to me," said
UConn basketball head coach Jim Calhoun.
"Over the past seven years, Tom Moore has played an integral
part in the success of Connecticut basketball," added Calhoun.
"He has been heavily involved in player development, scouting,
game plan preparation, and various other administrative duties.
He has performed exceptionally well in all of his duties and he is
well prepared to take on added responsibility as one of our on-the-
road recruiting assistants. Tom will be working along side one of
the top recruiting coordinators in the nation in Associate Head
Coach Dave Leitao. Together, Dave and Tom will be a superb
team as our recruiting point men."
"George Blaney is a great addition to our UConn staff," said Jim
Calhoun. " I competed against George for more than a quarter
century and I believe he is one of the finest coaching minds in the
nation. I have always considered George a friend and colleague
and to now be able to utilize his great wealth of basketball
knowledge for the betterment of Connecticut Basketball is a huge
plus for our program."
The movement within the UConn coaching staff took place
following the departure of assistant coach Karl Hobbs, who on
Monday was named head coach of basketball at George
The naming of Moore and Blaney to their new posts within the
UConn men's basketball staff creates a unique situation at
Connecticut as all four full time coaches have been collegiate
basketball head coaches. Head coach Jim Calhoun will be
entering his 30th year as a collegiate head coach in 2001-2002.
Associate Head Coach Dave Leitao was head coach at
Northeastern University for two years (1994-1996). Assistant
Coach Tom Moore was head coach at Worcester (MA) State
College for five seasons (1989-1994). Assistant Coach George
Blaney spent 30 years as a college head coach, including 22
seasons at Holy Cross and three years at Seton Hall.
Moore, a 1987 Boston University graduate, began his coaching
career as assistant coach at Worcester State during the 1987-88
season. He spent the 1988-89 season as an assistant coach at
Assumption College before becoming the youngest head coach of
a collegiate program in New England when, at age 24, he was
named the Worcester State head coach in 1989. In five years in
charge of the Worcester State program, Moore compiled a 76-59
record, the winningest five-year period in the school's history.
Moore joined the UConn coaching staff prior to the 1994-95
season and during his seven years at Connecticut the Huskies
have compiled an overall record of 187-51, an average of 26.7
wins per season, including winning the 1999 NCAA National
Championship, earning seven consecutive national post-season
tournament berths, and claiming four BIG EAST Conference
regular season titles and three BIG EAST Tournament crowns.
Blaney brings to UConn more than 30 years of coaching
experience. He was an All-New England college basketball
standout at Holy Cross who later played in the NBA for the New
York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. He began his distinguished
career as a college basketball head coach at Stonehill (MA)
College in 1967. After two years at Stonehill, Blaney spent three
seasons as head coach at Dartmouth College before returning to
his alma mater and coaching the Holy Cross program for the next
22 years. He posted seven 20-win seasons, earned eight national
post-season tournament berths (NCAA & NIT) compiling an
overall record of 357-276. In 1994, he joined the BIG EAST
Conference, taking over as head coach at Seton Hall University
and directing that program for three seasons.
In 30 years as a collegiate head coach, George Blaney compiled
an impressive overall record of 459-382.