July 18, 2011
Leighton takes over as head
coach at Fordham
Kevin Leighton has resigned as head coach at
Manhattan to take the same position at Fordham.
In six seasons with the Jaspers, Leighton guided
Manhattan to three Metro Atlantic regular-season titles and a
pair of MAAC tournament championships. Leighton was named MAAC
Coach of the Year in 2009 and again this season. He earned his
200th win in the 2011 MAAC Championship Game against Siena. The
Jaspers won more than 30 games in each of the past six seasons.
Manhattan was 200-119-1 (.627) overall and 110-32 (.775) in
conference play under Leighton.
Leighton was an assistant at Manhattan for four
years before rising to head coach in 2006. He played four
seasons at Seton Hall helping the Pirates earn NCAA bids in 2000
and 2001. Seton Hall won the Big East Championship in 2001, its
first title since 1987.
Leighton earned a bachelor’s degree in health and
physical education from Seton Hall in 2001. He received a
master’s degree in administration and leadership in education
from Manhattan in 2005.
Fordham is the oldest and winningest baseball
program in NCAA history with 4,074 victories, more than 800 wins
ahead of second-place Texas (3,246). The Rams were 31-23-1
overall in 2011 and 12-11-1 in the Atlantic 10.
Leighton replaces Nick Restaino, who stepped down
to pursue other opportunities.
The Jaspers were 34-19 this past season,
including 20-2 in the MAAC. Manhattan will begin a national
search for its new head coach.
Click here for list of 2011 Division I head coaching changes.