Fordham University announced today that Kyle Neptune will become its new Head Men’s Basketball Coach, taking the reins of the school’s 117-year-old program. Neptune will leave his position at Villanova University where he has served as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for eight seasons.
“I want to thank Father McShane, the University trustees, and the Fordham community for placing their trust in me as I look to create a bold new legacy here for men’s basketball,” said Neptune. “This is Fordham’s time. As a native New Yorker, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be coming home at a moment like this, when Fordham Men’s Basketball is poised to make its mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference and beyond. I know this program well and I know its potential to recruit and develop winning young men both on and off the court who will inspire Fordham fans and the entire community.”
Fordham’s Athletic Director Ed Kull and Neptune will partner on an overall strategic mission for the success of Fordham Athletics that goes beyond the quest for men’s basketball championships, but also to elevate the profile of the entire athletic department and its student-athletes nationally. Fordham University boasts a total of 22 men’s and women’s varsity sports teams, totaling 286 male student-athletes and 237 female student-athletes, and 16 club sports.
“We take great pride in welcoming Kyle to Fordham Athletics,” said Kull. “Kyle envisions a winning culture for men’s basketball, plans to bring the program to its rightful place on the national collegiate sports stage, and will also work to bring Fordham Athletics and the entire University to new heights. I am deeply appreciative for the opportunity to support him as he becomes our Head Men’s Basketball coach and creates an energized winning environment for our students, alumni, fans, and our community.”
“I also want to extend my gratitude to the entire search committee and members of the Board of Trustees who conducted a thorough and successful search that brought Kyle to Fordham,” Kull added.
During his tenure as Assistant Coach at Villanova, Neptune was part of the unprecedented success of the Wildcats program, when they captured five Big East regular-season tournament titles and two NCAA national championships.
“We are delighted to have Coach Neptune join the Fordham Family, and expect great things from him,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of the University. “He not only brings a record of substantial accomplishment to Fordham, but a coaching sensibility and care for student-athletes that is consistent with the University’s mission.”