Head coach Ed Conroy and Jonathan Stark
May 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - After guiding the Tulane men's basketball team to a second consecutive postseason tournament, head coach Ed Conroy has been rewarded with a contract extension through the 2017 season, it was announced today by Tulane Director of the Athletics Rick Dickson.
Conroy's four seasons with the Green Wave have resulted in 65 wins, the fourth most by any Tulane coach during the same time frame. He has also led Tulane to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) in 2013 and the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2014, the first back-to-back postseason appearances since 1996 and 1997.
"Ed Conroy continues to prove that he can assemble a roster and improve the development of young men in this program in all facets, which is extremely important as we move into our inaugural season of American Athletic Conference in 2014-15," Dickson said.
"I'm excited to be at Tulane as we continue to build the program," Conroy said. "I'm pleased with the progress we've made in the first four seasons and look forward to what we can do in the future. Having the opportunity to guide this program during the transition into the American Athletic Conference is something I look forward to and am very excited about what lies ahead."
In 2013-14, Conroy guided Tulane to a 17-17 overall record and an 8-8 finished in the program's final season as a member of Conference USA. The Green Wave was led on the court by second-team All-Conference USA member Louis Dabney and Freshman All-American Jonathan Stark. Dabney and Stark also teamed with Jay Hook to become the first trio to each score at least 400 points in a season since the 1995-96 season.
Conroy led Tulane in 2012-13 to the program's first 20-win season since 1999-2000 and the first postseason appearance since 2000. The Green Wave posted a 20-15 record and reached the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament.
Tulane's postseason victory, a 84-73, win over South Alabama in the opening round of the CIT, marked the program's first victory in the postseason since 1996 when the Green Wave defeated Alabama in NIT Third-place Game in Madison Square Garden.
The 2012-13 team also featured two all-conference performers as Josh Davis earned first team All-C-USA and Ricky Tarrant was tabbed second-team All-C-USA. Under Conroy, Davis put together one of the most successful seasons in school history and became just the first player to score at least 600 points and pull down at least 350 rebounds in a season.
As a team, Conroy guided Tulane to the fourth most points in a season in school history and the most free throws made and attempted. As a team, Conroy guided Tulane to the fourth most points in a season in school history and the most free throws made and attempted. The Green Wave also posted wins at SEC foe Alabama and conference rival Houston.
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 Achilles 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.