Conroy joins Tony Skinn and Corey Barker as assistant coaches
The Dunkin' Dogs took part in their first official team practice on Saturday inside the TAC.
With his assistance, LA Tech has registered back-to-back 23-win seasons. This past season, the Bulldogs finished second in Conference USA despite being picked seventh in the preseason poll and despite being the second youngest team in the league.
Four players ended up earning postseason awards, including upperclassmen Erik McCree and Jacobi Boykins being named All-Conference USA and Jalen Harris and DaQuan Bracey being selected to the All-Freshman Team. The point guard Bracey also earned C-USA Freshman of the Year, becoming just the fourth Bulldog in program history to do so.
During the 2015-16 season, LA Tech ended up defeating eight teams who advanced to the postseason (most since 1989) and besting seven teams who posted 20+ victories (most since 1991). Of those was a win in non-conference win play at Ohio State, the program's first victory over a Big Ten school in 30 years.
The `Dogs, led by point guard Alex Hamilton who was chosen as C-USA Player of the Year as well as an honorable mention Associated Press All-American, were picked preseason to finish fifth but ended up in a tie for third in the league to help earn the program's fourth straight postseason appearance which came in the inaugural Vegas16 Tournament.
Conroy spent the previous 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Milwaukee under Rob Jeter, helping the Panthers to four postseason appearances including NCAA Tournament berths in 2006 and 2014.
During his stint at Milwaukee, Conroy helped develop 12 All-Horizon league players, two of which came this past season which marked the first time since 2006 the Panthers had multiple players on the league's first or second teams.
At UWM, Conroy also served as the scheduling coordinator and was part of four 20-win seasons, two Horizon League regular season titles and two tournament titles, the most recent one coming in 2014.
After the Panthers had finished last the season prior and having been picked preseason to finish the same way, Milwaukee won four games in eight days to win the championship and earn the automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament for just the fourth time in program history. Milwaukee's 13-win increase from the previous season was the best year-to-year improvement in the country.
The Panthers also enjoyed back-to-back postseason appearances in 2011 and 2012 in the National Invitation Tournament and CollegeInsider.com Tournament, respectively.
In the 2010-11 season, UWM finished the regular season by winning nine straight league games to earn a share of the Horizon League crown. Despite losing to Butler in the conference title game, Conroy and the Panthers had frequent success against the Bulldogs. In 2009, UWM upset 21st-ranked Butler, 63-60, which was the program's first-ever win over a nationally-ranked team during the regular season.
Arguably the most memorable season at Milwaukee for Conroy came in his first season with the team in 2005-06. The Panthers posted a 22-9 overall record, won the Horizon League regular season and conference title, had a school-record three players named all-league, earned a best-ever 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament and collected an upset victory over Oklahoma in the first round.
Conroy began his coaching career at Milwaukee in 2000 as an administrative assistant for Bo Ryan and moved with Ryan to the University of Wisconsin where he served as the video coordinator for two years when the Badgers claimed back-to-back Big Ten Conference regular season titles for the first time in school history and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2003.
Following his stint with the Badger program, Conroy took over head coaching and athletics director duties at his high school alma mater for the 2003-04 school year before returning to Madison for the 2004-05 campaign. He coordinated the day-to-day operational aspects of the Badger program, including travel and budgetary matters, as UW made a run to the Elite Eight.
Conroy had a successful playing career at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. A two-time all-conference performer as well as a team captain, he led St. Ambrose to three appearances in the NAIA Tournament. As a junior, he helped the Fighting Bees to a 20-win season, then led the squad to 26 victories one year later en route to honorable mention All-America honors.
Born in Naperville, Ill., Conroy was an all-state football and basketball player at Davenport Assumption High School. His brother Ed is the current head coach at Tulane University.
Conroy and his wife, Nikki, have five children -- Callum, Macklin, Keeva, Bradoch and Banion.
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