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Cassara: LI Business News' 40 under 40 club

Hofstra University men's basketball head coach Mo Cassara

Hofstra University men's basketball head coach Mo Cassara instructs his team during an NCAA game vs. Florida Atlantic University. (Nov. 22, 2011) Photo Credit: James Escher

Hofstra coach Mo Cassara has been named to the Long Island Business News’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2012, which recognizes outstanding members of the Long Island business community who are under the age of 40.

Cassara, 38, is the only person on the list whose profession involves athletics. He joins a prestigious group that consists of two CEOs, nine law-firm partners and five vice presidents of companies.

In his second season leading the men’s basketball program, Cassara has posted a 24-19 record, notching a 20-win campaign in his first season on the job.

Named the coach of the Pride on May 5, 2010, Cassara guided Hofstra to a 21-12 final record and a 14-4 finish in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2010-11. The Pride finished tied for second in the CAA with eventual champion Old Dominion, marking the program's highest finish since joining the league in 2001-02. Hofstra also reached the CAA semifinals for the first time since 2006 and qualified for the postseason, making an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational.

Cassara's first season at the helm also produced his first All-American with Hofstra, as then-senior guard Charles Jenkins was a third-team selection from The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated.com, CBS Sports.com, and Basketball Times, and an honorable mention selection from the Associated Press before getting drafted by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

The 40 Under 40 awards are sponsored by the Long Island Business News, along with Event Presenting Sponsors Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Schwartz and Company, Hofstra University and Corporate Sponsor Bethpage Federal Credit Union. A ceremony will take place Jan. 26, 2012 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y.

To see the full list of honorees, click here: http://libn.com/40-under-40-awards-2012/

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