By Erin Hallissy and Rich Davi

2001 - men's basketball coach Randy Bennett.

2000

The dedication was held for the new science building, now called Brother Alfred Brousseau Hall after the mathematician who founded the Fibonacci Association and was an authority on California wildflowers. Women’s basketball captured its third WCC title and defeated Texas in the NCCA Tournament’s first round.

2001

Randy Bennett was hired as men’s basketball coach. Women’s basketball played in the postseason WNIT for the second time, marking its fourth straight postseason appearance.

2002

Brother Jerome West ’40, a longtime economics professor and an RD in More and Guerrieri halls in the 1970s through ’90s, died. He led the first capital campaign (see 1986) and was an avid sports fan who helped secure funds for building McKeon Pavilion.

2003

The College’s bylaws were changed to allow the election of a non-Christian Brother to the presidency if no qualified Brother existed or stepped forward.

2004

For the third time in the school’s history, football was dropped as an intercollegiate sport.

2005

Brother Ronald Gallagher was inaugurated as president after being named to the position in 2004. Men’s basketball competed in the NCAA Tournament.

2006

Mark Orr became the youngest Division I athletic director in the country, replacing former AD Carl Clapp. In January, 25 students and two professors traveled to New Orleans during Jan Term to do Hurricane Katrina relief work; dozens more followed in subsequent years.

2007

Randy Bennett became men’s basketball’s winningest coach with an 89–65 win over East Tennessee State at the Rainbow Classic.

2008

Men’s basketball celebrated its 100th year and honored Tom Meschery ’61 as best all-time player. The Gaels, ranked in the Top 25 for most of the season, received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Filippi Academic Hall, home of the Kalmanovitz School of Education, opened.

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