Tim Welsh, a Comcast SportsNet basketball analyst for the last two years, was hired Wednesday as men's basketball coach at Hofstra.The former coach at Providence and Iona also worked as a commentator for ESPNU.Welsh replaces Tom Pecora, who tookthe job at Fordham last week. Pecora was 155-126 in nine seasons atHofstra, with three straight NIT appearances from 2005-07.Hofstra lost in the second round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. The Pride finished the season at 19-15.Welsh spent 10 seasons at Providence,leading the Friars to the NCAA tournament in 2001 and 2004. His recordwas 160-143. At Iona, his record was 70-22, with one NCAA and two NITappearances.