DeSantis out after 11 years

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Joe DeSantis will not return next year as coach of the Quinnipiac Bobcats, athletic director Jack McDonald announced Wednesday. McDonald did not say whether the coach was fired or resigned.

"I want to thank Joe for his 11 years of service to the university," said Jack McDonald, the school's athletic director. "He oversaw our men's basketball team as we moved from a Division II to a Division I program. We appreciate what he has done for Quinnipiac during his tenure as head coach, and we wish him all the best going forward."

DeSantis was only the fifth head coach in the history of men's basketball at Quinnipiac and compiled a 118-188 record.

The Associated Press reported that DeSantis resigned; however, the Quinnipiac Chronicle reported on its Web site that DeSantis was expecting to return for the 2007-08 season.

"I'm a little surprised since it was the highest we've ever finished in the league," DeSantis told the Chronicle. "But they obviously have different thoughts and I understand. It's a business and you just have to move on."

In 2002, he led the Bobcats to the NEC championship game, losing to Central Connecticut. Quinnipiac (14-15) was 17-12 in 2002-03 season but has posted a 45-68 record over the past four seasons. It lost four days ago in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference tournament.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.