New coach Ferry: Duquesne 'felt right'
By Jerry DiPaola
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
When Jim Ferry met with his Long Island basketball players to say goodbye, he said it was one of the most difficult nights of his life.
“It was emotional on both ends,” said Ferry, who will be introduced today as Duquesne's new coach. “There was not one of them that didn't hug me.”
Ferry, 44, is leaving a good situation at Long Island, his employer for the past 10 years and his ticket to the past two NCAA Tournaments. “I said it would have to be a special place for me to leave LIU,” he said Wednesday.
Duquesne, which hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1977, is that special place.
“When I met with (athletic director) Greg Amodio, I got the sense of a family,” Ferry said. “It felt right. Duquesne is a tight-knit, close community in a great conference in a great city.”
Ferry said he rebuilt a Long Island program that was “in shambles, in ashes” when he arrived in 2002. He opened a fertile recruiting avenue to Texas, hoping to find players to run his up-tempo style of play.
The result was two consecutive Northeast Conference championships and 52 victories in two seasons. Asked whether Ferry or any of his assistants had ties to Texas, he laughed and said, “We do now. We are going to come in and do the same thing at Duquesne.”
His first order of business is to meet with 2012 recruits Donovan Jack and Willie Moore, who were recruited by former coach Ron Everhart. Ferry has spoken to them, but he said the players want to meet him before making another commitment to Duquesne.
“Ronnie did a good job of recruiting those guys,” Ferry said. “I want them to come.”
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7997.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Woman sues UPMC over pregnancy drug test
- Police charge Westmoreland County priest in $124,000 theft case
- Steelers to release LaMarr Woodley; Taylor restructures contract
- Analysis: Steelers could fill needs with free agents while not spending big bucks
- Crosby lifts Penguins over Capitals in last game of road trip
- Stage volunteer dies following collapse at Pine-Richland High School
- Machine traps, severs man’s arm at North Strabane plant
- Marcellus shale driller Noble Energy Inc. sinks roots into Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh woman’s death at Drexel probed as possible meningitis
- Police: Drunk man attacked 3 nurses in Somerset County ER
- Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network