HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University Women's Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri and Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald today announced the hiring of Tom Blake as assistant coach. Blake returns for his second stint at Quinnipiac after previously serving as an assistant with the men's basketball team from 1997-2000. Most recently he was the head boys' basketball coach at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., for the past eight years.
Blake fills the coaching position vacated by Tony Barone, who retired following the 2007-08 season. Blake joins assistants Kara Cassidy and Helen Ridley on Fabbri's staff.
"I'm happy to welcome Tom back to the Quinnipiac family," said Fabbri. "He brings many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. He'll be an asset to our program."
Blake also has head coaching experience at the collegiate level, having led the men's basketball programs at Wheaton (Mass.) College (1994-97) and Albertus Magnus College (1989-94). In addition, he's served as an assistant for the men's programs at Manhattan College and Fairfield University. In his time at Albertus Magnus, Blake also served as director of athletics and facility supervisor.
"I've known Trish for over 20 years and I'm really looking forward to working with the staff and players," said Blake. "I was here as an assistant with the men's team eight years ago and Quinnipiac is a great place. It was great then, and it's even better now."
Blake is the owner of Game 7, Inc., which currently operates youth basketball camps in Milford, Conn. He's also directed the Fundamental Basketball School at Wheaton, the Falcon Basketball School at Albertus Magnus, and the Cheshire (Conn.) Academy Basketball Camp. He served as Associate Director of the Quinnipiac Basketball Camp and the Mitch Buonaguro/Fairfield University Summer Basketball Camp.
While at Wheaton Blake served as an Instructor of Physical Education. Blake also served as director of athletics, boys basketball coach and physical education instructor at Cheshire Academy from 1980-85. Blake holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Connecticut and earned his master's degree in physical education, from Southern Connecticut State University.