Canisius hires Jim Baron

Apr 2, 2012 - 9:05 PM Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Canisius has tabbed former Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron to take over the men's basketball program.

Baron spent the previous 11 seasons with the Rams, compiling a 184-166 record before being fired last month after a 7-24 finish. URI made six postseason appearances under Baron, including a trip to the semifinals of the 2010 NIT.

"In naming Jim to this position, we have hired a man who has a proven track record of building successful basketball programs and developing young men," said athletic director Bill Maher.

A four-time Atlantic 10 coach of the year, Baron has earned two NCAA Tournament berths, in 1991 at St. Francis-PA and in 2000 at St. Bonaventure.

The 58-year-old Baron owns 390 career wins and has led teams to eight 20-win seasons. He replaces Tom Parrotta, who was not retained following a 5-25 record last season.

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