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Ed Conroy enters his third season at the helm of the Tulane Green Wave after guiding the Green Wave to a 13-17 overall record in 2010-11 and 15-16 in 2011-12.
The 2011-12 campaign saw the Green Wave get off to the program's best start at 12-2 since the 1994-95 team opened 13-2. Tulane claimed the Hoops for Hope and the Skip Prosser Classic titles during that stretch. During Conroy's second season, two starters were lost due to injuries, including preseason All-Conference selection Kendall Timmons, who went down with an achillies injury during the second Conference USA game of the season on Jan. 7. Timmons' injury did open the door for freshman Ricky Tarrant to step up and eventually earn first-team All-C-USA and the conference's Freshman of the Year honors.
During Conroy's first season at the helm, Tulane enjoyed a 12-4 start before losing two starters to injury. Conroy also coached the Green Wave to the most prolific three-point shooting season in the program's history, hitting 230 long range shots, shattering the previous mark of 181 set by the 1995-96 team. Conroy's Tulane team also had the highest assist to turnover ratio (1.098) since the 1983-84 season (1.14) and had the highest three-point field goal percentage (36.4) since the 1990-91 team's 38.0 percent.
Tulane's Kendall Timmons enjoyed one of the most successful sophomore seasons in school history in 2010-11 and earned second-team All-Conference USA and second-team All-District by the NABC.
Conroy, formally introduced as the 23rd coach of the Tulane University's new head men's basketball coach on April 7, 2010, came to Tulane after a four-year stint as the head coach at The Citadel where he posted a 36-29 overall record, including a 24-14 mark in the Southern Conference in his last two seasons. Both marks were tops in school history for wins in a two-year stretch. He has also served as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University, the University of Tennessee, Furman University, Virginia Military Institute and North Carolina State University, and spent three seasons as the head coach at Division II Francis Marion University.
The Davenport, Iowa, native was named the 2008-09 Southern Conference Coach of the Year and earned NABC District 22 Coach of the Year honors after leading The Citadel to a 20-13 record that included a school record 15 conference victories. Conroy led the Bulldogs to the best turnaround in Division I that season, going from a 6-24 team into the second 20-win season in school history and the first since the 1978-79 season. He guided the Citadel to the program's first post-season appearance in history, earning an appearance in the 2009 CIT. Conroy was also honored nationally as the Skip Prosser Man of the Year in 2009. Conroy had tremendous success on the recruiting trail at The Citadel as the program had at least one member of the five-member SoCon All-Freshman team in each of his last three seasons. In 2008, Cameron Wells became the first Citadel player to earn the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors. Wells completed his career in 2011 as the school's all-time leading scorer (2055) and the first Citadel player to ever score over 2000 points. As Conroy's players developed and improved, they reached the next level and every graduating senior from 2007-2010 at the Citadel under Conroy went on to sign professional contracts.
Prior to his tenure at The Citadel, Conroy spent one season as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina under Buzz Peterson. In his first year with CCU, the Chanticleers went 20-10 overall and 12-4 in the Big South Conference. Coastal finished the season second in the Big South and made their first appearance in the Big South championship game since 1993.
Conroy joined Coastal after spending four years on Peterson's staff at Tennessee, the last two as an assistant coach. Prior to being named an assistant coach, Conroy served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Volunteers during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons after holding the same position on Peterson's staff at The University of Tulsa in 2000-01.
Prior to joining Peterson's staff at Tulsa, Conroy worked for three years as the head coach at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. In three seasons at Francis Marion, Conroy recorded a 41-40 overall record. In his first season at FMU he led the Patriots to a 16-11 record, which was an improvement of 13 wins from the previous season and ranked as the biggest turnaround in NCAA Divisions I and II that year. Picked to finish last in the Peach Belt Conference that season, the Patriots finished second. His team's accomplishments netted Conroy the 1998 conference coach of the year honors.
Before taking over the head coaching reins at Francis Marion, Conroy spent three years (1994-97) as an assistant coach at Furman and one year (1993-94) at Virginia Military Institute. He also spent three years (1990-93) on Les Robinson's North Carolina State coaching staff that also included Peterson and Al Daniel.
Conroy, 44, was recruited to play basketball for The Citadel by Robinson in 1985 and was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs. He is tied for 10th in The Citadel record books for his free throw percentage in a season (84.7 in 1988) and holds down the No. 7 spot for free throw percentage in a career with 81.5. During his senior season, Conroy started all 28 games and averaged 10.1 points a game. He converted 103 three-point field goals in his career. As a senior, Conroy also served as team captain and held the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Corps of Cadets, the highest rank achieved by a basketball player in the modern era at The Citadel.
After graduating from the military school in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Conroy worked at IBM before earning his first coaching job as an assistant to Robinson at North Carolina State.
Conroy and his wife Ginny have three children, Riley (14), Hunt (12) and Hannah (9).
The Ed Conroy File... Date of Birth: Feb. 17, 1967 Hometown: Davenport, Iowa Family: Wife, Ginny; Sons, Riley, Hunt; Daughter, Hannah Alma Mater: The Citadel, 1989 Education: B.A. in Business Administration
The Citadel, 1985-89
Four-year letterwinner and three-year starter
The Citadel Team Captain, 1989
Held the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Corps of Cadets, the highest rank achieved by a basketball player in the modern era at The Citadel, 1989
Head Coaching Experience
Tulane, Head Coach, 2010-Present
The Citadel, Head Coach, 2006-10
Francis Marion, Head Coach, 1997-00
Coastal Carolina, Assistant Coach, 2005-06
Tennessee, Assistant Coach, 2003-05
Tennessee, Director of Basketball Operations, 2001-03
Tulsa, Director of Basketball Operations, 2000-01
Furman, Assistant Coach, 1994-97
VMI, Assistant Coach, 1993-94
North Carolina State, Assistant Coach 1990-93
Year-by-Year Record as a Head Coach
Division I Totals
Year-by-Year Record as an Assistant Coach
North Carolina State
North Carolina State
North Carolina State
Virginia Military Institute
What "They" Are Saying About Tulane Head Basketball Coach Ed Conroy...
"Coach Conroy has a reputation as a highly regarded recruiter and coach, which he proved most recently at The Citadel. He's a coach who has shown that he can turn around a program at a selective academic university where recruiting is done under challenging circumstances. Having met him and talked with him at length, I am also impressed with his character and values."
-Scott Cowen, President, Tulane University
"It has been a whirlwind week that is culminating in a great day for Green Wave athletics as we introduce Coach Conroy as the new leader of our men's basketball program," said Tulane Athletics Director Rick Dickson. "Ed, with his experience and history of turning around programs, is the perfect coach to teach and inspire our student-athletes and return Tulane basketball to being a highly successful program."
- Rick Dickson, Director of Athletics, Tulane University
"I'm extremely excited for Ed and his family. He has done an outstanding job at The Citadel and Tulane is getting a man with high integrity."
-Buzz Peterson, Head Coach, Appalachian State
"Ed is one of the rising stars in college coaching. For those who followed The Citadel, we realized it was a masterful job of rebuilding a program that valued character and quality student-athletes at a high level. Ed was able to achieve success both on and off the court. He will be strongly committed to Tulane's values both as a coach and as an educator, and I believe he is a great fit for the school's overall mission.
"I'll always value our time together overseas during 'Operation Hardwood' where we visited our nation's soldiers in the Middle East. We grew very close during this time and I wish him the best of luck at Tulane."
- Fran Fraschilla, ESPN Basketball Analyst
"Anytime you see someone hire somebody twice it tells you they respect his job and like his job. Besides being a very good basketball coach he is a very bright young man. He is a good X's and O's man and knows his basketball. He is very intelligent as well which helps in other ways like recruiting and dealing with alumni and fans. Les has a really good personality to deal with though situations. He has his work cut out for him down there just like he did at the Citadel. Ed will be able to face that challenge because he faced a very similar challenge at the Citadel."
-Les Robinson, Former Head Coach, Director of Athletics, The Citadel
"Ed Conroy is an outstanding basketball coach. He has a great feel, he is a skilled teacher, and he knows how to connect with players and get them to play hard and together. As good as he is as a coach, Ed is an even better person. He is bright, personable and, quite simply, he gets it. Tulane made a great choice in Ed Conroy."
-Jay Bilas, ESPN Basketball Analyst
"Ed Conroy didn't just build a terrific team at The Citadel. He built a terrific program. He's not just a superb teacher; he's an equally a superb leader."
- Bob McKillop, Head Basketball Coach, Davidson College
"I think it's a great hire for Tulane. I'll miss Ed. He's most deserving of the job. It is nice to see coaches advance like this. Tulane is in a great conference and New Orleans is an unbelievable city."
"Ed was tough to coach against. Before he got here The Citadel/College of Charleston rivalry was dead. He came in and turned The Citadel around and turned it back into a very competitive rivalry. He beat us three out of the last four times."
"He will do great things at Tulane and I'm very happy for him."
-Bobby Cremins, Head Coach, College of Charleston
"Ed is a tremendous coach, friend and person. His attention to detail is legendary and his ability to improve his teams will surely show at Tulane. He's a proven winner and tireless worker, and his teams will reflect his desire and attitude to win.
Ed and Ginny, Riley, Hunt and Hannah will be great representatives of the Tulane community and undoubtedly will be first class all the way!
-Kerry Keating, Head Coach, Santa Clara University