Former Slidell High standout Jeff Neubauer hired as coach at Fordham _lowres

Jeff Neubauer

Jeff Neubauer is heading to New York.

After 10 years as head coach at Eastern Kentucky, the Slidell High alum was named men’s basketball coach at Fordham on Monday and introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

“I am thrilled to get the opportunity not only to be head coach at Fordham but to coach in New York City,” said Neubauer, 44. “I really love the challenges and am very aware of how competitive the Atlantic 10 Conference is. I’m looking forward to helping Fordham move forward in the conference.”

Neubauer was a standout shooter at Slidell under former coach Dan Ruffin. He graduated with honors in 1989 and went on to play for coach William “Speedy” Morris at La Salle during the school’s heyday. La Salle was 83-36 during Neubauer’s four years, and he was team captain during his senior season.

Success followed Neubauer after being a cum laude graduate in finance at La Salle. He was a graduate assistant for the basketball team at The Citadel, where he earned a master’s degree. He also spent time assisting at Richmond and West Virginia before getting the call to lead Eastern Kentucky.

During his decade at EKU, Neubauer coached his team to five 20-win seasons. Eastern Kentucky got into the NCAA tournament in 2014, and Neubauer was one of 15 finalists for the Hugh Durham Award — given annually to the top “mid-major” coach in the country.

Neubauer’s teams at Eastern Kentucky combined for a 188-134 record. Fordham finished this past season 10-21 overall and 4-14 in the A-10. Former coach Tom Pecora was fired March 18.