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NEW YORK (AP) – Fordham on Tuesday hired Villanova longtime assistant Kyle Neptune to take over the men’s basketball program, which has had just two winning seasons since joining the 10th Atlantic Conference in 1995.

Neptune, 36, grew up in Brooklyn before attending Poland, where he played for four years as a senior team captain.

“It’s time for Fordham. “As a native of New York City, I could not be more excited when I came home at a time when Fordham Men’s Basketball was ready to make its mark at the 10th Atlantic Conference and beyond,” he said in a statement. “I know this program well, I know its potential to recruit and develop young winners both on and off the court, who will inspire Fordham fans and the whole community.”

In the last eight seasons, Neptune has been an assistant at Villanova under Jay Wright. During that time, the Wildcats won two national championships and five Big East titles.

Neptune is the sixth head coach Fordham has had since joining the Atlantic 10. Neubauer was 61-104 with the rams. His tenure began in a promising 17-14 season in 2015-16, but declined each year.

Fordham’s only winning season as a member of the A-10 took place in 2006-07 under former North Carolina star Derek Wittenburg.

“The move envisions a winning culture of men’s basketball, the program aims to take its rightful place on the national collegiate sports stage, and Fordham Athletics will work to take the entire university to new heights,” said Ed Coole, the sport’s director.

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