Feb. 20, 2008
NEWARK, NJ - Jim Casciano resigned today as men's basketball coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Director of Athletics Lenny Kaplan announced.
Casciano, who plans to explore other opportunities in athletics after leaving NJIT, will lead the Highlanders in their final game of the season on Saturday afternoon at Utah Valley before stepping aside. The veteran coach informed his players of his plans to resign in a team meeting Wednesday afternoon.
His record with one game remaining in his seventh season at NJIT is 66-118 and his career head coaching record at four-year schools and 19 seasons is 212-289.
The Highlanders are 0-28 this season after posting a 5-24 record in 2006-07, their first season of Division I competition.
"We have accepted Jim's resignation and we thank him for his seven years of service on behalf of NJIT and its men's basketball program," said Kaplan in announcing the coach's resignation. "We are beginning a national search for a new head men's basketball coach and it is our goal to have the new coach in place as soon as possible.
"NJIT is fully committed to the continued growth of our young Division I athletics program, as well as our men's basketball program. We will look for a head coach who will lead the basketball program to achieve the same progress that we have seen in our overall athletic program since we began competing at the Division I level in 2006-07."