HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University men's basketball head coach Tom Moore was recently featured on ESPN Insider in Jeff Goodman's Blog, which identified the 20 best high-major and mid-major head coaches on the recruiting trail. Moore, who is entering his seventh year at Quinnipiac, found his name next to No. 17 amongst the mid-major field.
Under Moore's tutelage, the Bobcats made three straight national postseason appearances (NIT, CIT, and CBI) from 2009 to 2011. He was named the Jim Phelan Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2010, the CollegeInsider.com Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, and most recently selected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.
Moore first revealed his knack for recruiting during his tenure at UConn. Recognized as one of the top recruiters and evaluators of talent in the country, Moore either recruited or coached numerous current/former NBA players while at UConn including Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Rudy Gay, Caron Butler, Charlie Villanueva, Marcus Williams, Jake Voskuhl, Kevin Ollie, Hilton Armstrong, Josh Boone, Hasheem Thabeet, Jerome Dyson, Jeff Adrian and AJ Price. The Huskies are currently tied for fifth among most active NBA players (12) of any Division I program in the country. UConn's 2004 recruiting class, which included Villanueva, Williams and Boone, was the consensus #1 recruiting class by every major recruiting publication.
ESPN Insider: Top 20 Mid-Major Head Coaches
1. Pat Skerry, Towson Tigers
He hasn't changed his approach since becoming a head coach. He works the transfer wire (Jerrelle Benimon) as well as going hard after high school players who may be up a level.
2. Joe Jones, Boston University Terriers
This one shocked me, until I realized that the Terriers beat high-majors for three guys on their current roster. Jones has an infectious personality and a quality staff led by recruiter Carmen Maciariello.
3. Tommy Amaker, Harvard Crimson
He's a good-looking coach at the best academic institution in America -- and his pedigree includes playing at Duke and coaching at two high-major schools. The Crimson have it rolling, and can beat just about any mid-major they go up against these days.
4. Tim Floyd, UTEP Miners
He's been around for a long, long time and has plenty of relationships from his previous stops. Floyd had elite talent at USC, and people know what he's capable of on the trail.
5. Rick Byrd, Belmont Bruins
With all of his success of late, it's tough to beat Byrd for a player. He's got a terrific reputation, has a system in place and has a track record of winning.
6. Bob McKillop, Davidson Wildcats
McKillop obviously took advantage of the success of Stephen Curry, but it's more than just that. He has won consistently, has a strong reputation and is able to go toe-to-toe with just about any mid-major and come out on top.
7. Steve Masiello, Manhattan Jaspers
He was always known as one of the top recruiters when he worked for Rick Pitino, and he still works like an assistant, despite his move up. He doesn't settle, and tries to fight programs a notch higher for kids.
8. Randy Rahe, Weber State Wildcats
Having coached Damian Lillard certainly helps, but Rahe may be the most feared mid-major head coach out West right now. He evaluates extremely well and has plenty to sell.
9. Dave Paulsen, Bucknell Bison
Paulsen is a terrific X's and O's guy and the program has been successful of late, including an NCAA tournament appearance last season. Paulsen can also recruit, whether it's evaluating or just plain working to beat an opposing coach for a player.
10. Reggie Theus, Cal-State Northridge Matadors
He has yet to coach a game at his new stop, but already, opposing coaches are nervous. Theus showed early that he can recruit by getting St. John's transfer Amir Garrett.
11. Dan Monson, Long Beach State 49ers
He struggled at Minnesota, but has found his niche at Long Beach, where he has been since 2007, and has brought in no shortage of talent.
12. Joe Dooley, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
Here's another guy who has yet to coach a game at his new spot, but he's already instilling fear. It's the combo of the Florida Gulf Coast name and also the fact Dooley spent a decade under Bill Self at Kansas that has opposing coaches nervous.
13. Paul Hewitt, George Mason Patriots
He assembled a ton of talent at his previous stop at Georgia Tech and knows what it takes to recruit players at the highest level. He is smart, well-liked and also has a program that's easy to sell.
14. Archie Miller, Dayton Flyers
His older brother, Sean, is near the top of the high-major list -- at No. 3 with Arizona -- and Archie isn't all that different. The younger Miller is a workhorse and knows what it takes to get quality recruits, including a pair of ESPN RecruitingNation three-star prospects in the 2013 class.
15. Mike White, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Those who go up against White say he's extremely smart, knows how to evaluate and gets after it on the recruiting trail. He's obviously had success in a short time with the Bulldogs.
16. Jimmy Patsos, Siena Saints
He has an electrifying personality and got it done at Loyola (Md.). Now he'll have Siena to sell, and that could be scary for those who will go up against him.
17. Tom Moore, Quinnipiac Bobcats
He was regarded as one of the nation's top recruiters in his days with Jim Calhoun at UConn, and has carried it over to Quinnipiac, where he's gotten a few guys who should have gone to a higher level.
18. Dan Hurley, Rhode Island Rams
Just look at what he did at Wagner in a short time. He's also put together a decent team at Rhode Island in his second season after being left with a near-bare cupboard. The Hurley name doesn't hurt, either.
19. Doug Wojcik, Charleston Cougars
He really gets after it on the trail and does a nice job evaluating and also grinding. That combination, along with one of the best mid-major programs in the country, is a tough one to beat.
20. Bill Coen, Northeastern Huskies
Coen helped put together those terrific Boston College teams under Al Skinner, and the fear that Coen instills is with his ability to find under-the-radar guys. One of the best eyes in the game for finding talent.
Quinnipiac officially joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in July and looks to make its mark during the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac's season opens at the Connecticut 6 Classic on Saturday, November 9 against Hartford at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.
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