Published April 24. 2013 4:00AM
Storrs - UConn has promoted Ricky Moore to a full-time assistant coaching position on the men's basketball staff.
Moore, a 1999 UConn graduate, returned to his alma mater last October and served as the assistant director of basketball operations.
He replaces George Blaney, who moves from assistant to special assistant/advisor to head coach Kevin Ollie.
Moore had two years of coaching experience prior to returning to UConn, working as an assistant at Dartmouth College. He was a co-captain of the program's first national championship team in 1999 and later named to the UConn's All-Century team.
"I'm really excited to add Ricky to our coaching staff," Ollie said in a released statement. "When Ricky was here as a player, he epitomized what UConn stands for and I know he will do the same thing as a coach."
Moore, 37, played professionally overseas for 11 years before joining the coaching ranks.
"I'm really grateful for the opportunity to be an assistant coach on the UConn staff," Moore said. "I know firsthand what a great experience it is to be a student-athlete at UConn and to be part of the UConn basketball family. I'm looking forward to working with our players and to bringing high-caliber people and players into the program as we move forward."
Ollie has faith in Moore as a recruiter and coach.
"He's had experience on the road and I know the kind of strength and enthusiasm he has for the game and our program," Ollie said. "I've already seen it in the role he had with us last year.
"Going into this new era of UConn basketball, I'm looking forward to having him on the road recruiting and using his coaching style to help us on and off the court."
• UConn wiped out a 3-1 deficit with a four-run sixth inning to defeat UMass 5-4 in Storrs. The Huskies (24-16) snapped a three-game losing streak. LJ Mazzilli drove in the first run with a bases-loaded single and two more runs scored when the ball was misplayed in left. Mazzilli (3-for-5) later scored on the second error of the inning.
• Boston College and St. John's will play a game at 5 p.m. today at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
• Big East leader Notre Dame swept a doubleheader from UConn in South Bend, winning the opener 6-0 and the second game 11-1. Marissa Guches went 3-for-6 in the two games for UConn (22-22, 6-10). Notre Dame is 35-10, 15-1.
Honor for Geno, Jim
• Former UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun and UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma are joining the likes of Mark Twain, Noah Webster and Jackie Robinson in the Connecticut Hall of Fame.
School officials and state lawmakers told The Associated Press the pair will be inducted today at the Legislative Office Building.
Calhoun, who retired after the 2012 season, guided the Huskies to three national titles.
Auriemma coached his team to that program's eighth national championship earlier this month.
The Connecticut Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize the outstanding achievements of people from Connecticut.