UNE hires Elms coach

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University of New England interim athletic director Curt Smyth announced that Ed Silva will become UNE's next head men's basketball coach. Silva will replace Jason Mulligan, who resigned in February.

UNE went 6-19 this past season, including an 0-12 start.

Silva comes to UNE from Elms, where he put together a 206-111 record in 11 seasons at the head of the Blazer bench. Under his direction, Elms won seven consecutive conference championships from 2005-11, leading to six NCAA Tournament appearances during that time.

Inheriting a team that went 2-21 prior to his arrival, Silva had the Blazers in the NCAA Tournament four years later. More recently in 2008-09, Silva guided Elms to a program-record 26-2 mark and the school's first national ranking. The Blazers peaked at No. 12 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 that season while leading the country in steals per game and scoring margin. The following season Elms captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England championship.

Prior to his time at Elms, Silva served as an assistant coach at Eastern Connecticut from 1996-2001, helping guide the Warriors to a Little East Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance in 2000. He also served as an assistant coach at Hesser College during the 1993-94 season.

A graduate of Eastern Connecticut, Silva earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in 1997 and went on to attain a master's degree in social work from the University of Connecticut in 2002. He was an all-conference basketball player while at Eastern Connecticut, and participated in the 1996 New England Senior All-Star Game, as well as being named a Met Life Scholar-Athlete.

In addition to his coaching duties at Elms, Silva was a faculty member and part of numerous campus committees. He is very active in the coaching profession and currently serves on the NCAA New England Regional Championship Committee and the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee. Silva is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Black Coaches and Administrators.

Silva is eager to take over the Nor'easters' basketball program.

"I am extremely excited and thankful for this amazing opportunity," he said. "From the moment I arrived on campus, I was captivated by the picturesque location, warmth of the people, and commitment to excellence. The energy is inspiring and will drive all that we do with the men's basketball program in the classroom, community, and on the court. I look forward to sparking a new era in Nor'easter men's basketball."

"We feel Ed is the ideal candidate to lead us to prominence within our conference, as well as regionally," Smyth said of Silva. "He has demonstrated an ability to build a program designed to sustain competitive success, and he places a high value on developing student-athletes in all facets of their lives. We are thrilled to add him to our outstanding coaching staff."