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Manhattan Announces Change in Menís Basketball Program

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 03/09/2011
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Barry Rohrssen Released as Jaspersí Head Coach after Five Seasons at the Helm
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Barry Rohrssen has been relieved of his duties as head men's basketball coach at Manhattan as announced by Director of Athletics Robert Byrnes. A search for a successor will begin immediately.

"Barry is a true gentleman who has represented Manhattan College very well," explained Byrnes.  "As we make a difficult decision to move the program forward, we remain committed to the academic and personal, as well as the athletic development of our student athletes.  We wish Barry well and thank him for his service."

In five seasons at Manhattan, Rohrssen went 58-95 overall and 33-64 in the MAAC. Rohrssen found success early in his tenure, in his first year he guided the Jaspers to 10 MAAC wins, the second most for a Manhattan coach in his inaugural season. In 2007-08, Manhattan earned its first MAAC Tournament victory during the Rohrssen era, behind a team whose underclassmen combined for over 80% of the Jaspers' scoring offense. Rohrssen's most successful campaign was in 2008-09 when he guided Manhattan to a fourth place MAAC finish and 16-14 overall record.

Manhattan finished the 2009-10 season with an 11-20 overall record, and a 4-14 conference mark (9th) and advanced to the MAAC Tournament Quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year. After the graduation of six seniors and the 2009-10 MAAC scoring leader, the Jaspers finished 6-25 this past season with a 3-15 MAAC record, which tied for ninth in the conference. Manhattan fell 68-66 in overtime to Siena in the 2011 MAAC Tournament First Round.

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