In a recent blog about former MAAC connections involved with this season's NCAA tournament we forgot a couple people with former MAAC connections. The reminder of that came right from the top, conference commissioner Rich Ensor, who is a devoted blog reader.
The additions to the list are:
- Tom Penders, who coached at Fordham from 1978-79 through 1985-86, the last five of those seasons when the Rams were still in the MAAC. Penders is now in his fourth season as head coach at Houston, and the Cougars are a No. 13 seed and meet Maryland in a first-round contest.
- Tim Welsch, the former head coach at Iona, is now an analyst at ESPN and has been prominent in that network's pre-tournament coverage in recent days.
- Steve Lappas, a former head coach at Manhattan, is now an analyst for CBS and is likely to turn up during that network's coverage of the tournament. Your blogger has also been hearing Lappas as a guest on numerous sports talk radio shows in recent days.