Fran to be the man at Iowa

Posted by Andy Durham on March 29, 2010 at 9:46 am under College | Comments are off for this article

Iowa has convinced Fran McCaffery to leave Siena to become the Hawkeyes’ new coach.

Athletic director Gary Barta announced the hiring in a release Sunday and said McCaffery would be introduced in a press conference on Monday in Iowa City.

McCaffery went 112-51 in five seasons at Siena, leading the Saints to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Siena lost to Purdue in the first round this year and finished with a 27-7 record.

McCaffery, a Philadelphia native who turns 51 in May, has taken three different programs to the NCAA tournament as a head coach. He played college ball at Wake Forest and Penn.

McCaffery spent six seasons at UNC-Greensboro, posting a 90-87 record, before taking over at Siena before the 2005-06 season. McCaffery also coached Lehigh for three seasons, guiding it to the NCAA tournament in 1988, before leaving to become an assistant at Notre Dame.

McCaffery replaces Todd Lickliter, who was fired after Iowa went 10-22 this year.

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