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???University of Tulsa head basketball coach Buzz Peterson announced today the appointments of Ed Conroy as director of basketball operations and Al Daniel and Kerry Keating as assistant coaches for the Golden Hurricane.

???Conroy, 33, comes to Tulsa after serving the last three seasons at the helm of the Francis Marion University men's basketball program. As a head coach, he guided the Patriots to a 41-40 overall mark, including a 16-11 record in 1997-98, the best ever mark by a first-year coach at the University.

???In his first season (1997-98), he guided the Patriots to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Divisions I and II that year, an improvement of 13 wins. After being picked to finish 11th in the preseason Peach Belt Athletic Conference coaches' poll, FMU challenged for the PBAC regular-season title up until the last weekend of the season, before tying for second. The team's 16-11 record earned Conroy the PBAC "Coach of the Year" award. It was the first time in conference history a first-year coach had received that award. To start his initial season at FMU, Conroy directed the Patriots to a 66-58 upset of his alma mater, The Citadel.

???Conroy came to Francis Marion from Furman University, where he had been an assistant coach for three years.

???A native of Chicago, Ill., Conroy earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from The Citadel in 1989. An all-state prep player in Iowa, Conroy was a three-year starter at point guard for The Citadel. He served as team captain his senior year while averaging 10.9 points per game and finished his career fifth on the school's all-time free throw percentage list. Active in the Corps of Cadets, he attained the rank of Lt. Colonel, the highest rank ever achieved by a basketball player in barracks.

???Following his graduation, he worked for 16 months as a marketing representative for IBM. In the fall of 1990, he accepted a position of part-time assistant coach at N.C. State, where he worked for three years under head coach Les Robinson. In 1993, he joined the staff of head coach Joe Cantafio at Virginia Military Institute as a full-time assistant coach. In 1994, he followed Cantafio to Furman.

???Conroy is the first cousin of writer Pat Conroy, author of "The Great Santini", "Prince of Tides", "Lords of Discipline" and "Beach Music". He is married to the former Ginny Harrell and the couple has two sons, Riley and Hunt.

???"Ed's coaching background brings a wealth of experience to our basketball program," Peterson said. "He is a highly organized and enthusiastic person. I think he is a great attribute to not only our program but to the University as well."

???Daniel, 43, joins the Tulsa staff after spending the last three years as the associate director of Howell Sports Management Inc.

???Before that, Daniel spent six years (1990-96) under Robinson at North Carolina State, including his last five seasons as an associate head coach for the Wolfpack. Following the 1990-91 campaign, he was elevated to the associate head coach position. Daniel and Peterson both served on the N.C. State coaching staff from 1990-93.

???A two-time All-Southern Conference performer at Furman University, Daniel scored 1,122 points in his two-year career for an average of 19.0 points per game. One of his finest moments came during the 1978-79 season at the North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte, N.C., when he scored 29 points to lift Furman past North Carolina, 83-70. Daniel helped the Paladins win the 1978 Southern Conference championship, and he completed his career ranked 19th on the school's all-time scoring list.

???Daniel earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Furman in 1979. He was chosen in the fourth round of the 1979 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

???A native of Saluda, S.C., Daniel joined the Paladin coaching staff following his graduation and spent 10 years coaching at his alma mater. He quickly earned acclaim for his recruiting ability and knowledge of the game. Daniel consistently signed top student-athletes while at Furman.

???Prior to the 1989-90 campaign, Daniel was promoted to associate head coach at Furman. He served in that role for just one year before joining the Wolfpack.

???"Al will be a tremendous asset to the Tulsa program," Peterson said. "I had the luxury of spending three years with him at North Carolina State and know he is great people-person and excellent recruiter."

???Keating, 28, comes to Tulsa from Appalachian State where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach under Peterson. At ASU, Keating was responsible for on-campus recruiting, scheduling and film exchange, along with practice and game duties.

???Prior to that, Keating spent three seasons at Seton Hall, where he was an assistant coach for three seasons, working under George Blaney and Tommy Amaker. His duties at SHU included player development, pre-season conditioning and coordinating the school's summer basketball camps.

???"Kerry has done a great job for us at Appalachian State, and will do an even better job at Tulsa," said Peterson. "He is a bright young coach who has gained tremendous experience and knowledge in his short time on the collegiate level."

???In the 1994-95 season, Keating was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt along with Peterson, where his duties included scheduling, scouting and working with the team's backcourt players. During the 1993-94 season, Keating served as administrative assistant at Wake Forest, as the Demon Deacons were 21-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

???Keating is a 1993 graduate of Seton Hall with a degree in communications. He was a walk-on member of the 1989-90 basketball team, before serving three years as the team's video coordinator.