Niagara names Casey new men's hoops coach

Niagara has named Chris Casey its new men's basketball coach.

Casey spent the past three seasons at LIU Post and guided the Division II program to a record of 62-25. He was an assistant at St. John's for four seasons before taking over at LIU Post.

"To be chosen for this position with the great history of this basketball program is a great honor," said Casey at a Monday news conference. "I'm really enthusiastic about this and can't wait to get on the court and start coaching."

The Purple Eagles needed a replacement for Joe Mihalich, who left earlier this month to take the vacancy at Hofstra. Mihalich spent 15 seasons at Niagara and compiled a record of 265-203 with a pair of NCAA Tournament berths.

"(Mihalich) started something here and we're going to try to maintain that," said Casey.

Casey was also a head coach at Rutgers-Newark for three seasons from 1998-2001 and has a career mark of 89-71 in six seasons. He has also had assistant coaching stints at Central Connecticut State, St. Peter's College, St. Francis-NY and Western Connecticut State.