Less than 24 hours after Jordan Fee announced his resignation, Gannon Men's Basketball has its next head coach.

Gannon announced they have promoted assistant coach Easton Bazzoli to head coach.

 

"I am beyond excited and humbled about the opportunity to take over this great program at Gannon University," said Bazzoli. "There is not a better time than now to be tasked with leading this group of young men on and off the floor. My wife, Katrina, and daughter, Kaiya, have grown to love Erie and Gannon alike quickly after this historic season."

Bazzoli was part of the coaching staff that helped lead Gannon to the largest turnaround in NCAA history. The Golden Knights advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time since 2009.

"I want to thank Dr. Walter Iwanenko, Dr. Sarah Ewing, Director of Athletics Lisa Goddard McGuirk, and the entire Gannon community for this privilege to lead the Gannon men's basketball program. I look forward to seeing the stands full again next season as we continue this exciting brand of basketball in Erie."

Bazzoli has spent a large part of his basketball career in Western Pennsylvania. He is a native of Cranberry Township and played high school basketball at Seneca Valley. 

He played collegiately at Division II Cedarville (Ohio) University. Following graduation, he joined Union (Tenn.) University for six seasons as an assistant.

"Easton has tremendous basketball knowledge, as well as an unwavering commitment to excellence and the student-athlete experience," said Gannon director of athletics Lisa Goddard McGuirk. "

We are excited for our men's basketball program to continue its forward momentum and excel under his leadership."

Bazzoli will be introduced as the program's 21st head coach on Thursday morning at the Old Main Boardroom. The press conference will begin at 10 a.m.