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Dickson said construction on the practice center could begin in about a year.
Tulane was 8 22 this past season. The Green Wave's last winning season was 2007 08, when Tulane was 17 15. Tulane has not been to an NCAA tournament since 1995, when Perry Clark was coach. Tulane's last postseason appearance was the 2000 NIT in Clark's last season.
During Conroy's introduction, athletic director Rick Dickson announced that Tulane is moving ahead with plans to build a new practice center that would serve men's and women's basketball, as well as the volleyball team.
"The first key to building a program that is going to last is you have to develop that environment for success," Conroy said. "To do that, you have to have a culture and guys buying into development, working on their games, being there all the time during a skill building process. We'll Omega Speedmaster On The Moon have a facility where they can do that 24/7 and that's invaluable."
year. This past season, The Citadel was 16 16 under Conroy, who said the recruiting challenges he dealt with at the military school prepared him well for recruiting at Tulane, a private school with relatively high academic standards.
"I do believe that, without a shadow of the doubt, everything is either in place or on the way in the very near future for us to be successful and to have the type of program that all (Tulane fans) want and that everyone in the Tulane community deserves," Conroy said Wednesday, when he was formally introduced as the Green Wave's new men's basketball coach.
Conroy said he also believed that New Orleans, now nearly five years removed from Hurricane Katrina, could be a recruiting attraction again.
Conroy said. "That formula is really the same."
"You realize you do have make a few extra phone calls and work a little harder to find that right fit, find that guy that can come in there and can fit your institution," Omega Seamaster 752
"It is definitely an advantage," Conroy said. "I think people feel like they're really moving forward and there's been great progress. . I think around the country people recognize that as well and that New Orleans is now a great place to be."
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Two seasons ago, Conroy coached The Citadel to a 20 13 record only the second 20 Omega Watches Seamaster Co Axial Chronometer
The 42,000 square foot facility will cost around $11 million and include offices; weight, training and locker rooms; a video theater; and two practice courts, Dickson said.
Currently, all three teams practice and compete in 3,600 seat Fogelman Arena, which will continue to host games and could be in line for renovations after the practice facility is built, Dickson said.
In four seasons at The Citadel, Conroy was 49 66, but his last two seasons represented an improvement for a team that has had little history of success.
Conroy wooed to Tulane by promise of new facility
"The key piece is the practice facility, because that's where we're going to be day in and day out," Conroy said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Tulane coach Ed Conroy predicted that he could succeed where recent coaches have failed during the past decade, in part because of the university's promise to build a new practice center.
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