Tom Pecora said at his news conference today that he spoke with New York area high school and AAU coaches. "They encouraged me. They said, `We've got your back.'"
Local ties represent Pecora's strong suit as a coach. He said that when he recruits, he feels he is among friends. Many of the local amateur coaches are either guys who knew him when he was a kid (Jack Curran) or played or coached against him or were recruited by him.
Finding a coach who can work the New York scene is what all local teams are after. It hasbeen a particular sticking point with St. John's. It will be interesting to see just how high in the New York hoops echelon Pecora shoots when seeking players. The Atlantic 10 is a pretty good selling point.
Also, I did ask him if he ever considered hanging around a bit and waiting for St. John's or Seton Hall to call. He said that whoever called first was the one he was going to listen to most keenly.
People at Fordham sure were happy today. Looks to be a good fit.