Niagara Gazette — "There is a ton of interest in this job and I am quite confident that we are going to get ourselves a very good basketball coach," he said. "If we're bad and at the bottom of the league and the job is open, there are probably a million applications. We're good and at the top of the league and there will be 10 million applications. That shows what incredible interest there is in being a Division I head basketball coach."
Crowley declined to comment on any specific candidates. A former player at Penn who coached for several years before becoming an administrator at Temple, Vermont and Butler, Crowley is well-connected in the basketball community. He said he did some preliminary work on his coaching search while he was at the Final Four in Atlanta.
Teaching, game coaching and recruiting are the skills Crowley said he will seek out in his search, along with "the personality and background that would fit in the Niagara community. This is a small Catholic school that prides itself on our motto: education, it makes a difference. Making a difference in young people's lives, I think would be important for the next coach."
Mihalich's name first surfaced as a candidate for the Hofstra job two weeks ago when Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV tweeted that he was set to interview. Mihalich denied that specific report, but declined to dismiss what he classified as "rumors."
The job was reportedly offered to Iona coach Tim Cluess over the weekend, but he was unable to buy out of his current contract. Mihalich met with Hofstra officials Monday and accepted the job late in the afternoon.
Crowley said Mihalich kept an open line of communication throughout the process.
"These things were floating around the last several weeks and Joe handled it just like the gentleman that he is," Crowley said.