Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Former Manhattan Coach Rohrssen Back at Pittsburgh

It's nice to see former Manhattan men's basketball coach Barry Rohrssen back in the sport.

Rohrssen, at Manhattan for five seasons (2006-07 through 2010-11) was recently hired as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh where he'll once again work under Pitt coach Jamie Dixon.

Rohrssen had been a Pitt assistant for seven years (1999-2006) prior to moving to Manhattan. During his last five years there the program had a 133-33 overall record, three regular-season Big East championships, three NCAA Sweet Sixteen berths and five straight trips to the NCAA tournament. He was the program's associate head coach during his last two seasons there.

Rohrssen is one of the all-time nice guys to ever have come through the MAAC. While at Pittsburgh previously he earned a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters, and helped the Panthers establish a pipeline from New York City to Pittsburgh.

"We are extremely excited to bring Barry back to Pitt," Dixon said, in a press release issued by his school. "From the start here, Barry played an integral role in the success and building of our program. He has a great coaching background, is a good recruiter and has an exceptional understanding of how we operate our program."

Rohrssen did have some success at Manhattan, guiding the Jaspers to a 16-14 overall record in 2008-09. but had a 58-95 record over his five seasons, including a 6-25 finish in his last season there before he was replaced with current coach Steve Masiello.

Rohrssen also improved academic progress ratings at Manhattan as he graduated every player that stayed for four years and dramatically improved the school's basketball APR scores.

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