Tom Pecora (born January 21, 1958) is an American college basketball coach who is currently the head coach at Quinnipiac.[1] Pecora was originally hired as associate head coach at Quinnipiac on March 28, 2017, under new head coach Baker Dunleavy.[2]

Tom Pecora
Pecora in 2017
Current position
TitleHead coach
Record24–10 (.706)
Biographical details
Born (1958-01-21) January 21, 1958 (age 66)
Queens Village, New York, U.S.
Alma materAdelphi ('83)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1987Long Island Lutheran HS (assistant)
1987–1989Nassau CC (assistant)
1989–1992SUNY Farmingdale
1992–1993UNLV (assistant)
1993–1994Loyola Marymount (assistant)
1994–2001Hofstra (assistant)
2017–2022Quinnipiac (associate HC)
2022–2023Quinnipiac (special asst)
Head coaching record
Overall223–242 (.480)
Tournaments2–3 (NIT)
0–2 (CBI)
Accomplishments and honors
MAAC regular season (2024)
MAAC Coach of the Year (2024)

Pecora, a veteran with 14 years of experience as a head coach at the Division I level, entered his third season at Quinnipiac in 2019–20. Born in Queens Village, New York, he graduated from Adelphi University in 1983.

He has 198 wins as a head coach at the Division I level (Hofstra, Fordham), and 261 wins in his career as a collegiate coach.

Pecora was promoted to the position of head coach at Hofstra University in 2001, taking over for Jay Wright.[3][4] Following his time at Hofstra, Pecora took over as the permanent replacement at Fordham University[5] after the program fired Dereck Whittenburg during the 2009–10 season.

Pecora served as the head coach at Hofstra for nine years (2001-2010) and at Fordham for five seasons (2010–15). Prior to taking over the head coaching position at Hofstra, Pecora served as the associate head coach under Jay Wright for seven seasons, the last two of which resulted in America East Conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths.

As a head coach at Hofstra, he compiled a 155–126 mark in nine seasons, leading the Pride to four postseason appearances (three NIT and one CBI), more than any team in New York City over that nine-year span. In 16 years at Hofstra with Pecora on the staff (nine years as a head coach, seven as an assistant), the Pride averaged 19 wins a season (246-161).

During his time in Hempstead, Hofstra was the winningest program in the Metropolitan New York area. Over his last six years, Hofstra won 121 games, including four 20-win seasons. In 2006 and 2009, he was named Coach of the Year by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) and he also received regional Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY).

Pecora also had tremendous success in developing guards while at Hofstra. As an assistant, he recruited NBA guards Speedy Claxton and Norman Richardson, while as a head coach, he recruited three guards who scored over 2,000 career points: Loren Stokes, Antoine Agudio and Charles Jenkins. Claxton, Richardson, Stokes and Jenkins all won their conference Player of the Year Awards, while Jenkins also played in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers.

Pecora assumed the head coaching position for Quinnipiac University on April 13, 2023, following the announcement the University released that same day stating that longtime head coach Baker Dunleavy would be stepping down. Pecora will become the eighth head coach in Quinnipiac Men's basketball history and only their fourth coach since the team's transition into the Division 1 scene in 1999.

Over his entire collegiate basketball coaching career, Pecora has a student-athlete graduation rate of 100 percent.

Division I head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Hofstra Pride (Colonial Athletic Association) (2001–2010)
2001–02 Hofstra 12–20 5–13 9th
2002–03 Hofstra 8–21 6–12 9th
2003–04 Hofstra 14–15 10–8 5th
2004–05 Hofstra 21–9 12–6 4th NIT Opening Round
2005–06 Hofstra 26–7 14–4 3rd NIT Quarterfinals
2006–07 Hofstra 22–10 14–4 3rd NIT First Round
2007–08 Hofstra 12–18 8–10 8th
2008–09 Hofstra 21–11 11–7 5th
2009–10 Hofstra 19–15 10–8 7th CBI First Round
Hofstra: 155–126 (.552) 90–72 (.556)
Fordham Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2010–2015)
2010–11 Fordham 7–21 1–15 14th
2011–12 Fordham 10–19 3–13 14th
2012–13 Fordham 7–24 3–13 14th
2013–14 Fordham 10–21 2–14 14th
2014–15 Fordham 10–21 4–14 12th
Fordham: 44–106 (.293) 13–69 (.159)
Quinnipiac Bobcats (MAAC) (2023–present)
2023–24 Quinnipiac 24–10 15–5 1st CBI First Round
Quinnipiac: 24–10 (.706) 15–5 (.750)
Total: 223–242 (.480)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Tom Pecora elevated to head coach at Quinnipiac". Coaches Database.
  2. ^ Borges, David (August 2, 2017). "Tom Pecora eager to help build Quinnipiac program". New Haven Register. Retrieved August 15, 2017. [verification needed]
  3. ^ Heyman, Brian (March 25, 2010). "Pecora Faces Tough Task at Fordham". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 3, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2010. [verification needed]
  4. ^ Charles Costello (May 15, 2014). "Fordham Close to Naming New Assistant Coach". Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on May 15, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. [verification needed]
  5. ^ Heyman, Brian (March 25, 2010). "Pecora Faces Tough Task at Fordham". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 3, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2010. [verification needed]