Hudson Valley Sports Report

MARIST HIRES JOHN DUNNE OF ST. PETER’S

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Press Conference Expected On Thursday To Introduce New Men’s Basketball Coach

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

POUGHKEEPSIE – Marist College will hire current St. peter’s coach John Dunne – its rival in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – to be the Red Foxes’ next head men’s basketball coach, the school confirmed Tuesday.

The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, a well-respected college basketball writer formerly with CBS Sports.

A press conference is slated to be held on campus Thursday at 11 a.m. to formally introduce Dunne.

Dunne, 47, has a 153-225 record with the Peacocks, though he is 67-65 the last four years – more than double the 28 victories produced in that time span by former Marist coach Mike Maker, who was fired in early March.

St. Peter’s was 23-13 as recently as two years ago, including a second-place finish in the MAAC. Dunne guided the program to a MAAC title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome John and his family to the Hudson River Valley,” Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray said in a statement. “With over a decade of experience as a head coach, he has a proven ability to build teams and develop student-athletes. His teams are always tough, hard-working and competitive in the MAAC, and we look forward to Coach Dunne instilling that culture in our basketball program.”

Dunne seemingly came out of the blue, although Murray certainly had to adjust on the fly after HVSR reported last week that his top choice, LeMoyne College coach Patrick Beilein, rejected Marist’s offer.

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“This is a great opportunity for myself and my family,” Dunne said in a statement. “We’re excited to join the Marist and Hudson River Valley communities. Having been in the MAAC for the past 12 years, I’ve been impressed by the tremendous support this program has received. We’re excited for what this job has the potential to become.”

In his tenure at Saint Peter’s, Dunne coached 10 1,000 point scorers, 13 All-MAAC selections, three MAAC All-Rookie Team selections, four MAAC All-Tournament selections (including a MAAC Tournament MVP), and a MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. His teams went 3-3 against Rutgers, and also recorded victories against Alabama and Seton Hall.

Dunne was 6-2 head-to-head against Marist during Maker’s four years as coach.

Prior to his arrival at Saint Peter’s, Dunne served as an assistant coach at Seton Hall University from 2001-06 under head coach Louis Orr. In this time, the Pirates reached the NCAA Tournament twice and Postseason NIT once. He worked at Siena College from 1999-2001 under Orr (2000-01) and Paul Hewitt (1999-2000) as the Saints compiled an overall record of 44-20 in this time with two MAAC regular-season MAAC championships and a trip to the second round of the Postseason NIT in 2000. His first stop in the MAAC came at Manhattan College under head coach John Leonard in the 1998-99 season.

“Twelve years ago, Saint Peter’s took a chance on me as a first-time head coach,” Dunne said. “The University afforded me the opportunity to learn and grow as its head men’s basketball coach, and I would like to thank the Saint Peter’s University staff and student-athletes for proving to me how rewarding coaching can be.”

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