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Iowa hires Siena's Fran McCaffery to replace Lickliter

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Siena's Fran McCaffery has been hired to be the next coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta introduced McCaffery at a news conference on Monday morning. 

McCaffery's been the head coach at Siena for the past 5 seasons, and has taken the Gael's to 3 consecutive NCAA tournaments.  The Philadelphia native also spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Notre Dame.

McCaffery recorded a 112-51 overall record during his time at Siena.

McCaffery says he received interest from Seton Hall and St. John's, but kept coming back to Iowa as his top choice.

McCaffery met with the men's basketball team on Sunday. He says he plans to meet with each of the players individually. McCaffery says he will bring an up-tempo style of play that he says will fill seats at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Barta says the final contract is yet to be signed, but McCaffery will be offered a six year deal that will start at about $1.1 million, plus bonuses.

The Hawkeyes have been searching for a new coach since Todd Lickliter was fired on March 15.

The Hawkeye community will have a chance to meet the coach tonight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Students are welcome starting at 5 p.m. and fans will have a chance to meet McCaffery starting at 5:30 p.m.

We'll be live from the event on the KWWL News at 5 and 6.

Online reporter: Mark Woodley

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