Conroy turns down UNCW, takes job at Tulane

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT/WCSC) - Ed Conroy is passing on UNCW.

A member of the UNCW Board of Trustees confirmed that Ed Conroy, the head coach of The Citadel men's basketball team, turned down an offer for the same position at UNCW. Those same sources also indicated UNCW officials are looking at "a very prominent former head coach who is currently unemployed."

Tuesday's announcement came on the heels of Conroy interviewing for the Tulane vacancy earlier this week. He became the front-runner for the job when Mike Rice of Robert Morris turned down the position.  He has officially been named their head coach.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the UNCW Board of Trustees Executive Committee met in closed session for one hour with no announced resolution. Mark Lanier, assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees, said they did meet to discuss a personnel issue and nothing came out of the meeting.  Lanier would not say if the meeting had anything to do with Conroy or other coaching candidates.

Kelly Mehrtens said in an April 1 interview she extended an offer to Conroy.  Her hope at the time was to have an answer when she returned from Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Conroy just completed his fourth season in Charleston and is under contract through March 31, 2015. He received a contract extension after the completion of the 2008-09 season when his Bulldog team finished with a 20-13 record. The Citadel alumnus guided the Bulldogs to a 16-16 and a second-round loss to Appalachian State in the Southern Conference Tournament. In the 2008-09 season Conroy led the program to just its second 20-win season (20-13). Over the last two seasons the Bulldogs' 36 wins are the most in the two-year period to date.

The Seahawks finished last season with a 9-22 record, 5-13 in the CAA. Seahawk head coach Benny Moss in January and filled the position with assistant Brooks Lee.

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