PITTSBURGH -- Jim Ferry was officially introduced Thursday as Duquesne's new men's basketball coach.

Ferry, who led LIU Brooklyn to NCAA tournament appearances the past two seasons, agreed to a seven-year contract on Tuesday, with an annual base of $600,000. He will be given the reins to a program that hasn't made the NCAA since 1977.

Ferry replaces Ron Everhart, who was fired after six seasons and a 99-89 overall record. Ferry said his comfort with the community and the university, along with Duquesne's commitment to success, sold him on the job.

Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio lauded Ferry's organization and character, saying he had heard nothing but great things from those he talked to. Ferry inherited a Blackbirds program that was 5-22 the season before he arrived, and won 52 games in the past two seasons.