Jim Ferry was introduced as the new head coach at Duquesne today to a small crowd at the Palumbo Center.
His family sat in the front row, five players (three were at class) sat behind them, and the rest of the crowd was filled with program supporters including a handful of students.
A few key points:
1. Ferry will meet with recruit Donovon Jack and his family on Friday in Reading, Pa. where he said he will express what he's all about and what the program will be all about.
He also stressed he will view the recruiting process as a marathon not a sprint. He had no special timeline to replace the three transfers and fill the recruiting class.
2. AD Greg Amodio stressed that Ferry will be given a reasonable amount of time to do what he needs to bring the program to the next level.
3. No LIU players will join him on the bluff, nor will any LIU recruits, said Ferry.
4. He said finding good big men is tough everywhere in America and that he "looks for versatility more than I look for size. As long as they’re tough, (are) competitors, and compete on the glass."
5. His teams at LIU Brooklyn were very up-tempo. And that won't change much he said.
6. He named two assistants to the staff: Brian Nash, who will be his associate head coach, and Rich Glesmann. Nash, who spent last year as an assistant at Fairfield University. Glessman just finished his seventh season on Ferry’s staff at LIU Brooklyn.
Ferry stressed the commitment he sensed from the administration as a major factor for taking the job.
"Like I said before, I'm extremely excited to be here. I cannot wait to get to work. We met with the players quickly today. We're going to get to work tomorrow. We'll be tireless workers on the recruiting trail to bring in the next great student‑athletes to Duquesne for Duquesne basketball and for the Duquesne community."
President Charles Doughtery talked about how it will be the beginning of a new era for Duquesne.
Dougherty's opening remarks:
"Welcome to Duquesne University and a new era in Duquesne basketball ‑ an era of renewal, an era of success. Success on the basketball court is important to the University for a number of reasons.
It will restore the luster of the glory days of Duquesne basketball and strengthen the loyalty of our alums to the University. It will help us recruit a new generation of students to the University to be part of the excitement of a successful basketball program.
It will be a source of revenue for the University, funding basketball itself, but also helping with the University's general budget. It will further enhance Duquesne University's growing national reputation."
AD Greg Amodio talked about why Ferry became the right guy for the job:
"As we continue to move through this process over the course of two and a half weeks and we took a look at individuals that were out in the landscape, I had a lot of conversations with administrators and coaches all over the country. So many of the comments that I heard regarding Jim were things like: Highly organized, a man of integrity, great character, a fabulous coach, and an even better person. And I believe all of those attributes are exactly what we're looking for in the leadership of our men's basketball program."There is no doubt that we've found the right person who can help lead us to the next level"