Friday , Mar , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Seton Hall fires Louis Orr

South Orange, NJ (Sports Network) – Seton Hall has fired men’s basketball
coach Louis Orr, despite a season in which Pirates posted a winning record in
the Big East and reached the NCAA Tournament.

Athletic director Joe Quinlan made the announcement Friday and said the school
will fulfill the remaining terms of Orr’s contract.

“I have evaluated the basketball program thoroughly and discussed it with
Louis,” said Quinlan. “As a result, we could not agree on critical issues
related to the management of the program.

“Seton Hall holds Louis, his character and his faith, in the highest personal
regard. For all he and his staff have accomplished, we stand grateful.”

Seton Hall finished the 2005-06 season with a record of 18-12, which included
a 9-7 mark in the rugged Big East. However, the Pirates were beaten in the
first round of the Big East Tournament and suffered an 86-66 setback to
Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Orr had spent five seasons guiding Seton Hall and posted a record of 80-69
with a pair of NCAA appearances. The Pirates reached the second round of the
2004 tournament.

Before taking over at Seton Hall in April 2001, Orr had just one season of
head coaching experience at Siena and led the MAAC school to a record of

Orr had been an assistant coach at Xavier, Providence and Syracuse. He was a
star in the early years of the Big East at Syracuse and went on to an NBA
career with the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks in the 1980s.

“We now begin the search for a new coach,” added Quinlan. “My focus will be to
attract candidates who share our vision and can position Seton Hall basketball
to achieve consistent success in the nation’s best conference.”

Orr, the 2003 Big East Coach of the Year, has a career record of 100-80.