Pecora knew it wouldn't be easy at Fordham.
He could have stayed at Hofstra, where he was for 16 seasons, nine as the head coach. He could have continued to win basketball games in the Colonial Athletic Association.
But Fordham is bigger and the Atlantic 10 is better.
Pecora just completed his fourth year at Rose Hill, and despite the 34-85 record and the 21 losses this season, he hasn't lost his focus, energy or hope.
"They brought me here to dig this program out of a hole," Pecora said when asked during the interview if he thought his job was in jeopardy. "The hole was a very deep one. We've done everything in a Fordham manner. We continue to move forward. I think we're about to turn the corner in year five."
As for those who might think it's time to consider a coaching change, Pecora isn't buying it.
"I think the last thing this university needs is another coaching turnover," he said. "They've done it every five or six years over the last couple of decades. I just don't think that's how you build a program.
"Those decisions are made at the highest level. If the time comes when I have to move on for good reasons or bad from Fordham, I'll feel very good about the job myself and my staff have done, the way we've done it, how we've positioned this program to turn the corner. I can rest my head knowing that we're doing it the right way.
"I think lack of patience is the last thing that's needed around here. I know it's frustrating. It's been a rough 20-year run here but I was brought in to change that. I'm not about quick fixes. When we turn the corner it will be for the long term, and I anticipate it being next year."
That being said, Pecora was honest when asked to grade his performance this season as well as that of his coaches.
"I would give us a C-minus in the sense of wins and losses. In the sense of everything else that goes with a program, I would probably give us an A-minus.
"The last piece to the puzzle is winning basketball games and that's what I was hired to do.
"As far as the way we go about business each day, the work habits of our entire staff, the academic work, everything is in place.
"The last thing we need to do has always been the greatest challenge at Fordham, and it's winning basketball games, especially in the Atlantic 10. That's the last piece to the puzzle."