Iona basketball hires coach Tobin Anderson from Fairleigh Dickinson

March 21 (UPI) -- Iona hired Tobin Anderson as its new coach, less than a week after he led 16-seed Fairleigh Dickinson to an upset of No. 1 Purdue at the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, the school announced Tuesday.

"I appreciate this tremendous opportunity from [athletic director] Matt Glovaski and [president] Seamus Carey to be the next leader of one of the most storied basketball programs on the East Coast," Anderson said in a news release.


Anderson, 51, led Fairleigh Dickinson to a 21-16 record in his lone season with the Knights. The Knights beat Texas Southern Wednesday in a First Four matchup to start their tournament run.

They knocked off Purdue two days later to advance to the Round of 32. The Knights tournament run ended Sunday with a 78-70 loss to Florida Atlantic.

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The Knights went 4-22 the year before Anderson was hired.

Anderson previously coached at St. Thomas Aquinas, Hamilton and Clarkson. He went 67-66 in five seasons at Clarkson. He compiled more than 400 wins in more than two decades as a coach at the Division I, II and III levels.


"Iona University represents everything my family and I were looking for in a school, a basketball program and a campus atmosphere," Anderson said. "Our goal is to build upon the tremendous tradition of Iona basketball and elevate the program to greater heights."

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Anderson will replace former Iona coach Rick Pitino, who left the program take the same job at St. John's. Pitino went 64-22 in three seasons at Iona. The Gaels lost to UConn on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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