URI basketball coach Jim Baron to host online chat Nov. 19

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 9, 2007 – University of Rhode Island men’s basketball coach Jim Baron will answer questions about the team, the schedule, and expectations for the upcoming season during a web chat on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.

The Rhody basketball team had a great season last year, far surpassing preseason polls picking it to place 11th in the Atlantic-10, and expectations are high that they will reach postseason play in 2007-08. The team has been picked to place second in the Atlantic-10 this season.

Baron became head coach at URI in 2001 and was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the year in 2003 and 2007. He led the team to the second round of the NIT tournament in 2003 and 2004. Previously, he was head coach at his alma mater St. Bonaventure for 10 years.

A service of the URI Division of University Advancement’s electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go http://advance.uri.edu/chats for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URI’s online chats, which began September 2004, have featured question-and-answer sessions with such alumni as CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour discussing international news, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kaufman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, and marine explorer Robert Ballard discussing his search for shipwrecks, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the GoRhody.com website.