Tuesday , Apr , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rohrssen named coach at Manhattan

Riverdale, NY (Sports Network) – Manhattan named Barry Rohrssen head coach of
the men’s basketball team on Tuesday.

Rohrssen becomes the 22nd head coach in Manhattan basketball history, taking
over for Bobby Gonzalez, who left the Jaspers to take over at Seton Hall
earlier in the offseason.

Rohrssen, a native New Yorker, spent that last seven seasons as an assistant
coach at Pittsburgh.

“Barry Rohrssen brings years of successful experience to Manhattan College,”
said Manhattan director of athletics Bob Byrnes. “People associate Barry with
recruiting, but he is much more than a recruiter. The University of Pittsburgh
teams that Barry coaches with had the Most Improved Player in the Big East in
four of his seven seasons, and I believe Barry certainly knows how to make
players better. In short, Barry Rohrssen is a winner that recruits winners and
develops winners.”

Prior to Pitt, Rohrssen spent four seasons (1995-99) at the University of
Nevada-Las Vegas as the school’s director of basketball operations. Before
that, he was an assistant basketball coach at his alma mater, St. Francis (NY)
College, from 1993-95.

Manhattan finished the 2005-06 season with a 20-11 overall record, 14-4 in the
MAAC, winning the conference’s regular-season title.