Jim Ferry, who led Long Island University to consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, is the new head men's basketball coach at Duquesne.
Ferry, 44, replaces Ron Everhart, who was fired last month after six seasons at the Atlantic-10 school. According to a source close to the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because terms were not released, Ferry agreed to a seven-year deal with an annual base of $600,000.
Ferry spent 10 seasons with the Blackbirds, and won the Northeast Conference Tournament title the past two seasons. In the last four years at the Brooklyn, N.Y., school, Ferry was 55-17. LIU had a couple of tough draws in the NCAA, losing, 89-67, to Michigan State this year, and dropping a 102-87 decision to North Carolina in 2011.
''Jim Ferry has been a winner at every level,'' Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio said. ''Through a combination of hard work, strong character and outstanding leadership, he experienced unpr...