The turnaround in basketball is as, if not more remarkable, than when the Towson football team went from 1-10 in 2010 to 9-3 and winning the CAA championship in 2011. It, too, was one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history.
The man many believe responsible for Towson's recent athletic rise sees it as only the beginning.
Former Towson president Robert L. Caret, who first came to the university to teach organic chemistry in 1974 and left to return to his native New England two years ago to run the University of Massachusetts system, came back to celebrate with old friends.
Caret hired Waddell, who hired then-Pittsburgh assistant Skerry to coach the Tigers men's basketball team. Caret was also largely responsible for bringing Rob Ambrose, a member of then-Connecticut coach Randy Edsall's staff, back to his alma mater four years ago.
"We've been building and building for years and years," Caret said after the game. "It takes having the right people in place, and in Mike and Pat and Rob, we've got three of the key people. It's true in the other sports, too. The facilities are great. The new arena is going to be a terrific addition. I was here when this building opened. To be here when it's closing, it's pretty exciting to see where we've come."
Skerry is sad to see what he called the most satisfying season of his coaching career come to an end.
"I'm still fresh. I wish I had another month with these guys," he said.