Quinnipiac coach Tom Moore, an assistant at UConn from 1994-2007, faces some old friends tonight when the Huskies and Bobcats get together for the Paradise Jam semifinal.
It’s Moore’s fifth year on the Quinnipiac job, and though he’s been very, very close, he still hasn’t sniffed the NCAA tournament. Moore says punching a ticket to the Big Dance is his top priority.
Let’s examine Moore’s post-UConn career with other Jim Calhoun assistants who became head coaches.
UConn assistant: 1994-2007
Career path: Took the Quinnipiac job in 2007 and is currently 95-66 for his career…Has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.
UConn assistant: 2010-12
Career path: Best winning percentage in school history (minimum three games).
UConn assistant: 1986-1993, 2010-present
Career path: Became head coach at Connecticut College, then moved on to Brown, his teams set school records for wins in a two-, three-, four-, and five-year span, as well as most Ivy League wins in a season…Took the Penn job in 2006 and took the Quakers to the NCAA tournament in his first season…Returned to UConn in 2010 and is now the associate head coach.
UConn assistant: 1982-96
Career path: Became head coach at Central Connecticut in 1996 and hasn’t left since. He recently notched his 250th career win…Has taken the Blue Devils to the NCAA tournament three times.
UConn assistant: 1993-2001, 2011-present
Career path: Took the head coaching job at George Washington in 2001 and was released from contract in 2011. He won 166 career games, including a 27-3 season in 2005-06 that ended in the NCAA second round…Returned to UConn as an assistant in 2011.
UConn assistant: 1991-92
Career path: After serving as an assistant at Yale, Pikiell — a former UConn point guard — became the interim head coach at Wesleyan in Middletown. He later had assistant jobs with Dickenman at Central and Hobbs at George Washington…In 2005, Pikiell was named head coach at Stony Brook, where he’s made the NIT twice but failed to qualify for the NCAAs.
UConn assistant: 1986-89
Career path: Served as an assistant at Harvard, Central Connecticut and Maine before earning the promotion to head coach in 2004…Has compiled an 81-125 record at Maine.
UConn assistant: 1986-1994, 1996-2002
Career path: Left for the Northeastern job in 1994, only to return to Storrs two years later. Since 2002, he coached at DePaul (58 wins in three years) and Virginia (63 wins in five seasons)…He’s now an assistant at Missouri.