Conroy Promoted to Associate Head Coach at Minnesota

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University of Minnesota men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino announced that assistant coach Ed Conroy has been elevated to the title of associate head coach.

Ed Conroy has been vital to our program’s success on and off the court since he has been here,” said Pitino. “He is a phenomenal recruiter and a terrific teacher of the game.  He has been integral in the development of our big men over the years.

Conroy recently finished his fourth season in Minnesota and has spent more than 25 years in collegiate coaching. While with the Maroon and Gold, Conroy has worked with the Gophers big men and helped develop several among the best in the conference. Minnesota has posted three straight seasons with the conference’s leading rebounders in Jordan Murphy (2018, 2019) and Daniel Oturu (2020). The former, Murphy, left with the second-highest rebound total in Big Ten history, while Oturu earned the first Minnesota nod to an All-America team in 21 years.

Conroy has also been a part of two NCAA Tournament teams while at Minnesota, including earning the No. 5 seed in 2017 and winning the first round game against Louisville in 2019.

“Since Ed has been here, we have gone to two NCAA tournaments, developed pros and had the highest team GPA in school history.  I look forward to Ed helping us continue to move Gopher basketball forward,” Pitino added.

A longtime head coach before arriving in Minneapolis, Conroy previously spent time at the helm of Tulane and his alma mater, The Citadel, along with assistant stints at seven different schools.

Pitino will add one more member to his staff, as a national search is underway to replace assistant coach Rob Jeter, who left the Gophers in March to become the head coach at Western Illinois.

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