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Canisius hires Jim Baron

Canisius has tabbed former Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron to take over the men's basketball program.

Baron spent the previous 11 seasons with the Rams, compiling a 184-166 record before being fired last month after a 7-24 finish. URI made six postseason appearances under Baron, including a trip to the semifinals of the 2010 NIT.

"In naming Jim to this position, we have hired a man who has a proven track record of building successful basketball programs and developing young men," said athletic director Bill Maher.

A four-time Atlantic 10 coach of the year, Baron has earned two NCAA Tournament berths, in 1991 at St. Francis-PA and in 2000 at St. Bonaventure.

The 58-year-old Baron owns 390 career wins and has led teams to eight 20-win seasons. He replaces Tom Parrotta, who was not retained following a 5-25 record last season.