FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2009, file photo, Hofstra coach Tom Pecora supports his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Pecora is the new basketball coach at Fordham. The head coach at Hofstra for the last nine seasons, Pecora was introduced Thursday, March 25, 2010, at an on-campus news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
5 and 51. That happens to be Fordham's overall record the last 2 years.
Enter Tom Pecora, who, in 9 years as Hofstra's coach, won 155 games, and led them to 4, 20 win campaigns. The Rams would take just one 20 win season, considering the program has had just one since 1992.
The Queens Village native faces a daunting rebuilding task in the highly competitive A-10, as well as trying to out-recruit St. John's, Rutgers, Seton Hall, to name just 3 of the areas 21 other Division 1 programs. But Pecora has a head start. Neither St. John's nor Seton Hall currently has a head coach, so Pecora could potentially persuade recruits to choose the historic Rose Hill campus over the glamour of the Big East.
It's now 4 years and counting. No metropolitan area team, and there are 22 of them, has made the NCAA tournament in 4 years. Coincidentally, Hofstra is the winningest program over that span - and Fordham one of the losingest. But with a few breaks, Pecora and Fordham, might be the first to break the drought.