Report: Gonzalez to coach Seton Hall
South Orange, NJ (Sports Network) – Seton Hall is expected to name Manhattan’s
Bobby Gonzalez its new head men’s basketball coach on Friday.
The Newark Star Ledger reports Gonzalez got the job over Ohio University’s Tim
O’Shea and Davidson’s Bob McKillop.
The Pirates asked for and were granted permission to speak with George Mason’s
Jim Larranaga, but he apparently never met with Seton Hall brass.
Gonzalez, who has coached the past seven seasons for the Jaspers, will replace
Louis Orr. It was on March 24 that Seton Hall fired Orr, despite a season in
which Pirates posted a winning record in the Big East and reached the NCAA
On August 5, 2004, Gonzalez signed a contract extension that would have kept
him in Riverdale through the 2009-2010 season. However, tremendous success
made him a valuable commodity. The Jaspers went 20-11 this season with a berth
in the NIT.
In 2003-04, Gonzalez and the Jaspers had one of the most successful seasons in
school history, capturing their second straight MAAC regular season and
tournament championships, and advancing to the second round of the NCAA
Tournament after a victory over fifth-seeded Florida. Manhattan concluded that
season with a 25-6 overall record and a 16-2 MAAC slate, breaking the MAAC
record for conference wins in a season.
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