OFFICIAL: Dunleavy resigns at Quinnipiac; Pecora named Head Basketball Coach

Following up on today’s earlier report, Baker Dunleavy has officially resigned as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Quinnipiac. Additionally, QU announced that assistant coach Tom Pecora has been elevated to head coach. Here’s the official statement from Quinnipiac:

Quinnipiac University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Baker Dunleavy announced that he is stepping down from the coaching position.  Dunleavy has served as the Head Coach at Quinnipiac for the past six seasons.

“After a period of post-season reflection, I have decided to step down from my position as Head Men’s Basketball Coach,” said Dunleavy. “Chrissi, our four girls, and I would like to thank the Quinnipiac community, especially the amazing staff and players that have worked so tirelessly these past six seasons. We feel it is time for us to take a step out of coaching into a new exciting opportunity for our family. The University and the State of Connecticut will always hold a special place in our hearts and a part of us will always be Bobcats.”

Dunleavy came to Quinnipiac in 2017, following eight seasons as an Assistant Coach at Villanova University from which he graduated as a student-athlete in 2006.

“On behalf of the Quinnipiac community, I want to thank Baker for his years of service to our institution, our Department of Athletics, and most importantly, to the incredible young men in our basketball program,” said Director of Athletics Greg Amodio. “We wish Baker, Chrissi, and their children the very best as they continue in their journey.”

“I am most grateful for Coach Dunleavy’s commitment to our students, for the excellent team of assistant coaches he put together, and for the ways in which he advanced the values of our community,” said Quinnipiac President Judy Olian. “Baker is as much coach, as he is teacher and mentor in supporting our student-athletes’ development as players, and as individuals engaged as role models in the life of Quinnipiac.”

We are pleased to announce that Assistant Coach Tom Pecora will assume head coaching duties, effective immediately.  Tom joined Quinnipiac basketball as assistant coach in 2017 with deep coaching expertise, having served previously as head basketball coach at Hofstra University and Fordham University.

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