Robert Morris basketball taps new coach

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Robert Morris will hire Andy Toole as its new head basketball coach, according to a source with knowledge of the search.

An official announcement will be made at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Toole replaces Mike Rice, who resigned last week to take the head coaching job at Rutgers.

At 29, Toole will become the youngest Division I men's basketball coach, supplanting Appalachian State's Jason Capel, who is 30.

Toole has been on Robert Morris' staff since Rice was hired in 2007 and for the last two years has been the Colonials' associate head coach.

Like Rice, Toole was also director of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Clinic at the Hoop Group in New Jersey, working with talented East Coast prep players. He worked for one year as an assistant coach at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Before the hire, Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman said Toole was a good candidate because of his intellect and his connections.

"He's very smart," Coleman said. "He's an Ivy League graduate. (Former coach) Rice credited him with a lot of great decisions. He's well connected and is a great recruiter."

Toole was a guard at Elon for two years before transferring to Penn, where he graduated with a degree in political science.

Toole inherits a roster loaded with young talent, including 2010 Northeast Conference rookie of the year Karon Abraham, who previously said he would stay at Robert Morris as long as Toole is the coach. Toole also helped recruit a strong incoming class that could propel the Colonials to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season.

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