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Former Penn State Assistant Keith Urgo Hired As Fordham’s Head Coach

Update, April 28: Keith Urgo will officially serve as Fordham men’s basketball’s next head coach, the team announced on Thursday. The Rams will formally introduce him in his new role on Friday, April 29.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be named head men’s basketball coach at Fordham,” Urgo said in a statement. “This means so much to myself, my wife, our children and my mother and father. My father is a proud 1959 Fordham College and 1962 Law School graduate and for me to coach at his alma mater means the world to him. This is a dream come true for me and my family and I can’t wait to get started building on what we accomplished last year.”

Original Story: Former Penn State assistant Keith Urgo will reportedly serve as Fordham’s next head men’s basketball coach, according to insider Jon Rothstein.

Urgo, who previously spent 10 seasons assisting the Nittany Lions, signed on with Fordham as an assistant coach last spring. He’s now expected to fill in for Kyle Neptune, who’s off to Villanova to succeed Jay Wright as the Wildcats’ head coach.

Urgo served as Neptune’s top assistant this past season and helped the Rams to an even 16-16 record and an 8-10 mark in Atlantic 10 play.

With Fordham, Urgo will now directly coach former Nittany Lions Patrick Kelly and Abdou Tsimbila, who both transferred after spending at least one season with Penn State.

At Penn State, Urgo assisted both Pat Chambers and interim head coach Jim Ferry before departing for New York. Urgo particularly helped the Nittany Lions’ recruiting efforts and talent development. Throughout his 10-year tenure in Happy Valley, Penn State produced five first-team All-Big Ten picks, five Big Ten All-Defensive Team selections, and 32 individual All-Big Ten honorees.

Earlier in his career, Urgo made stops at Gonzaga and Villanova and helped both squads achieve national success as an assistant coach. He also taught basketball to local youth overseas in South Africa and Northern Ireland, among other destinations.

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