Under the direction of new head coach Sean Kearney, the Holy Cross men's basketball program looks to once again put one of the top teams in the Patriot League on the court in 2009-2010. Kearney, who came to Worcester after spending nine seasons as the associate head coach at Notre Dame, takes over a team which placed second in the league last season and finished as the runner-up in the conference tournament. The Crusaders return four out of five starters off that squad, along with five other letterwinners. With the addition of a transfer and four talented freshmen, the Crusaders have the ingredients necessary to remain in the upper echelon of the conference.
Holy Cross is coming off a 2008-2009 campaign in which it posted an overall mark of 18-14, good for its eighth winning record in the last nine years. The Crusaders were particularly impressive during the second half of the season, as they posted an 11-3 mark in the Patriot League, reaching double-figures in conference wins for a league-record eighth time.
Holy Cross will look to remain strong on the defensive end of the court, after ranking 13th in the nation in rebound margin (+6.7 rebounds per game), 29th in steals (8.5 steals per game) and 45th in scoring defense (62.3 points per game) last season. The Crusaders also led the Patriot League in rebounding margin, steals and assists (14.1 assists per game) a year ago.
Expect the Crusaders to once again be among the Patriot League's best, and in contention for a postseason tournament bid in March.