Hofstra first targeted Iona coach Tim Cluess, a Hofstra grad and Long Island native, but he opted to re-up with the Gaels instead.
Mihalich, who was named the 2013 MAAC Coach of the Year and the 2013 Skip Prosser Man of the Year, takes over a Hofstra program that went 7-25 last season and had six players arrested for off-the-court incidents.
Mihalich won 265 games in the MAAC and took Niagara to two NCAA Tournaments and three NITs.
He takes over for Mo Cassara, who was fired March 22.
In November, four Hofstra players were arrested and charged with second-degree burglary in connection with a string of dorm-room burglaries at the Long Island school.
Last month, Jamal Coombs-McDanielwas arrested for marijuana possession. Also, Taran Buie was arrested a few nights ago for a traffic violation, according to Newsday.
Three of Hofstra’s 2013 commits under Cassara attend St. Thomas More (Conn.) — 6-foot point guard Amadi Udenyi, 6-2 combo guard Marquise Moore of Queens and 6-7 small forward Gabe Levin.
STM head coach Jere Quinn previously told SNY.tv that the players “will think it over and go from there but they like the school.”
“They’re not rushing into anything right now,” Quinn said.
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