Tom Moore signs contract extension through 2015-16 season

Matt Eisenberg

Quinnipiac men’s basketball head coach Tom Moore signed a contract extension through the 2015-16 season, Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald announced Monday afternoon.

“I am thrilled to sign a contract extension again from Quinnipiac University,” Moore said. “It’s a great honor and a great privilege to be the head men’s basketball coach here. The support I have received and the support my program has received since the day I got here back in March of 2007 has been incredible. I’m very happy with everything that has happened so far here at Quinnipiac with me and my family.”

The terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Moore, 46, signed a contract extension through the 2014-15 season last April, weeks after he led the Bobcats to the program’s first Northeast Conference regular season title and postseason berth.

Moore, the second head coach since the Bobcats moved to Division I, credited Quinnipiac University President John Lahey and McDonald for the new deal.

“President John Lahey and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald have been incredibly supportive of me and my program since I arrived here four years ago,” Moore said.

McDonald gave high words for Moore as well.

“The entire Quinnipiac community is so pleased with the continued success that Tom and his staff and team have brought to our Quinnipiac community,” McDonald said. “We all look forward to continued athletic success and academic progress with Tom and his staff.”

With Moore’s coaching skills, the Bobcats have reached new heights from a program standpoint and a statistical standpoint.

In his four seasons as head coach, Moore has led the team to a 75-51 record, a 49-23 league record and two postseason berths. He has the best winning percentage among the program’s head basketball coaches (.595).

The past two seasons alone, the Bobcats have a 45-20 overall record and a 28-8 NEC record, best in the league.

“In the last two years we have been fortunate enough to have the best regular season winning percentage in the league and have the highest attendance at home in the NEC and also qualify for two national postseason Division I tournaments, and that’s a first in the history of the school,” Moore said.

Moore led the Bobcats to a program-high 23 victories in the 2009-10 season, helping Quinnipiac win the NEC regular season title and appear in the NIT.

With Moore’s coaching, the Bobcats have been a nationally recognized rebounding team. Quinnipiac was one of four schools to finish in the top 10 in the country in rebounds per game and rebound margin in the 2009-10 season, joining Kansas, Kentucky and Radford.

The Bobcats led the country with 16.5 offensive rebounds per game in the 2010-11 season and were second in the country in rebounding, averaging 42.5 per game, as the team earned a CIT playoff berth.

Justin Rutty, the NEC’s all-time leading rebounder, played under Moore for all four years as a Bobcat and finished second in offensive rebounds per game (4.9) in the 2009-10 season, the year he won the conference player of the year.

Moore’s team also led the conference in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio in 2011.

Moore’s talents go further than the basketball court. According to a Fox Sports study, Quinnipiac increased its Academic Progress Rate (APR) by 219 points since the Bobcats hired Moore, more than any other program in the country when the study was conducted.

With many new faces on the team and 13 home games on the schedule, Moore said he is excited for the upcoming season to begin.

“We look forward to, this year, hopefully continuing our streak of making a national postseason tournament [and] hopefully we can make an NCAA tournament very soon,” Moore said.

Below is a video of Moore’s comments from the Quinnipiac Bobcats Athletic website.