Difficult as it might be to lose Joe Mihalich, Niagara athletic director Tom Crowley anticipates having an easy sell finding a capable successor to the longtime face of the Purple Eagles men's basketball program.
In fact, Crowley's phone was already ringing off the hook before Wednesday once Mihalich's long-rumored departure became official, and he was officially introduced as Hofstra's new coach.
''There's a ton of interest in this job,'' Crowley said. ''I'm quite confident we're going to get ourselves a very good basketball coach.''
Crowley has reason to be upbeat because of a young and talented team Mihalich left behind. The Purple Eagles (19-14) return mostly intact after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title last season.
''I think the fact that the job was open was going to create this same frenzy even if we were at the bottom of the league,'' he said. ''We're at the top, so it just exponentially grows from there.''
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