On Tuesday, we started tracking the 2011 Coaching Carousel.
We've now reached Part IV, and by the end of the post, there will only be 12 coaching vacancies that we've yet to break down.
The most interesting aspect of Part IV are the names that you will recognize. Remember Jerry Wainwright? He landed on his feet after losing his job with DePaul (and battling prostate cancer). Heath Schroyer may have lost his job as the head coach at Wyoming, but he'll still be coaching in the Mountain West next season. Former Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz even makes an appearance.
Its gets better. Can you guess how Jeff Capel's firing resulted in two former NBA players getting assistant coaching positions? Or where Texas hero Kenton Paulino is coaching now? Oh, and what coach went 28-74 in Alaska before getting hired in Florida?
I think I'm enjoying these posts too much. You can read Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here:
March 14th: Three coaches got the axe on the 14th. Its started with Jim Whitesell, who was fired after seven seasons at Loyola (IL). The Ramblers started out 8-2 and nearly beat Kansas State and Butler, but finished the season just 16-15 and 7-11 in the Horizon. Steve Roccaforte lost his job at Lamar after five seasons in Beaumont, TX. The Cardinals were just 7-9 in the Southland last season. And finally, there is Jeff Capel. Oklahoma gave the former Duke point guard his pink slip just two (dreadful) years after reaching the Elite 8 with Blake Griffin.
March 15th: Two coaches were fired on the 15th. The first was Steve Cleveland, who lost his job after six seasons at Fresno State. He went 14-17 last season. The second was much less surprising, as Sidney Lowe resigned after five entirely forgettable -- and no NCAA Tournaments -- with the NC State Wolfpack.
March 16th: After 13 years at Colgate, the mediocrity that was the tenure of Emmett Davis finally ended. Davis went 7-23 in his final season, but that doesn't mean his career is over. Davis got a job in May with Tulsa.
March 18th: Florida A&M fired head coach Eugene Harris after four underwhelming seasons. Harris was 46-80 in his four seasons, with the last three years producing 20 or more losses.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
On Tuesday, we started tracking the 2011 Coaching Carousel.
Back in 2010, the NCAA enacted some new legislation in an effort to do away with the phenomenon known as 'package deals'.
Essentially, a package deal is when a coach hires a person that is close to a recruit in order to get that recruit to go to their school. Larry Brown hired Danny Manning's father to convince the younger Manning to go to Kansas. The Jayhawks also hired Mario Chalmers' father in an effort to land Chalmers. Tyreke Evans had his personal strength coach get hired at Memphis. Scott Drew hired Dwon Clifton to try and land John Wall. And that isn't even scratching the surface.
Here is the exact text of the rule, known as Bylaw 126.96.36.199:
Individual Associated with a Prospective Student-Athlete -- Men's Basketball. In men's basketball, during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete's anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete's actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (or enter into a contract for future employment with) an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position.The reasons for having this rule make sense, but that doesn't mean the rule is foolproof.
Take Kevin Young, the former LMU star and SDSU commit. Around the same time -- early June -- that he started to show some serious interest in Kansas, the Jayhawks started recruiting Mervyn Lindsay. Lindsay is a good player -- he averaged 15 and 10 in high school -- but he had no scholarship offers as of November's early signing period and was not ranked by Scout.com. The catch? Lindsay and Young both played AAU hoops for a man named Elvert 'Kool-Aid' Perry.
Then look at J-Mychal Reese, a top 50 recruit in the class of 2012. J-Mychal isn't the only member of the Reese family receiving offers from high-major programs, however. His father is a longtime high school coach in Texas and currently has job offers from LSU, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M, three schools recruiting J-Mychal. If a school did hire John Reese, they would be able to sign J-Mychal so long as John was given one of the three assistant coaching positions at the school.
Jordans Adams, a top 75 player in the class of 2012, committed to UCLA just 12 days after Korey McCray signed on as an assistant with the Bruins. McCray ran the Atlanta Celtics AAU program and had a great relationship with McCray. Missouri is still in the mix for Rodney Purvis because they hired former Louisville assistant Tim Fuller back in April.
Here's my question -- are package deals really all that terrible?
Look, I understand the ethical dilemmas involved. Paying an adult to get a commitment from a kid he is associated with is sleazy and has no part in our game.
But in this day and age, college basketball is all about recruiting. And recruiting is all about who you know and how big your network is. Take Dalonte Hill, for example. He may have been signed to Kansas State because of his relationship with Michael Beasley -- who was going to attend Charlotte with Hill until Bobby Huggins hired him -- but Hill also established a pipeline to the K-State campus from the DC Assault AAU program with which he was affiliated. That connection is a major reason why Hill got a job with Mark Turgeon at Maryland.
Isaac Chew got a job on Frank Haith's staff at Missouri not because of his ability to coach, but because he was once associated with the Kansas City Pump'n'Run elite AAU team.
Its a bad precedent to set, I know. But its also a necessary one.
No coach is going to win with a steady and constant flow of talent into his program.
- Well, we know why Bethune-Cookman's head coach was fired. He failed to assist an investigation into an alleged rape committed by a player on his team. That player also happened to be the reigning player of the year in the MEAC and ... his son!
- Matt Norlander breaks down Shaka Smart's new contract
- Eamonn Brennan asks a question that probably should have been asked already: How good is UConn going to be without Kemba Walker?
- We didn't have a chance to write on this, but Goodman is 100% correct -- Rotnei Clarke would be a phenomenal pick-up for Brad Stevens at Butler.
- Jeff Peterson is headed to Florida State, where he will be eligible immediately.
- Temple swingman Scootie Randall had knee surgery earlier this week to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee
- Good read on the coaches that spurned jobs at bigger schools to sign extensions at their current school.
- Andy Katz. Daily Word.
- This interview with Tom Brennan only reaffirms my suspicions that he would be an awesome guy to throw a few brews back with.
- There is actually a Hall of Fame out there that is going to induct Tim Floyd
- Jeff Eisenberg hits another home run with this article on a New Jersey hooper headed to Alabama that helped in the tornado relief efforts.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
We are now heading into post No. 3 of our breakdown of the 2011 Coaching Carousel. (See Part I here and Part II here.) Today, we will be looking at the single biggest splash that was made in this offseason's coaching carousel: when John Pelphrey lost his job as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Looking back, the ride was wild.
Five head coaching positions changed hands. Three head coaches got a raise and a contract extension as the result of interest from the school's who had a position open up. There were 13 assistant coaching positions that were filled. Three top 75 recruits changed a commitment to three different schools. Four players transferred.
By the time all the dominoes had fallen, 19 different Division I programs -- and one NBA team -- had been affected in some way.
How did it all play out?
March 13th: Boom. Arkansas' John Pelphrey got the axe. In four years with the Razorbacks, Pelphrey managed just a 69-59 record, going only 25-39 in the SEC. That's not exactly what a program that has won a national title is looking for. And I'm sure that it had absolutely nothing to do with the recruiting violation that came to light three days earlier. Pelphrey would eventually end up getting hired back onto Billy Donovan's staff at Florida, the same place that he started his career.
Todd Lickliter got a new job this week.
The former Butler and Iowa head coach, who was fired by the Hawkeyes in the spring of 2010, didn't get a job as a head coach. He didn't get a job as an associate head coach, either. Hell, he didn't even land with a high-major program. Charlie Coles, the longtime head coach of Miami-Ohio, has hired Lickliter as an assistant coach.
This is significant. This moves matters.
But before I get into that, the background: Perhaps the most interesting piece of information that I came across while researching the 2011 Coaching Carousel was just how many coaches opted to stay at their current school, leveraging a raise through their perceived interest in changing jobs.
Some of these contract extensions weren't necessarily a huge surprise. Marquette was able to lock Buzz Williams into a seven year extension -- with a very high buyout -- when Oklahoma and Texas Tech came calling. Matt Painter used Missouri's vacancy as a way to get a longer, and more lucrative, contract out of typically-stingy Purdue. Sean Miller got an extra two years and $100,000 from Arizona thanks to Maryland's inquiries.
None of those extensions are particularly surprising, however. From a purely basketball perspective, Marquette, Purdue, and Arizona are all very good jobs to have that offer high salaries and a comfortable place to raise a family.
There were some surprises, however.
Take, for example, Shaka Smart. VCU's hotshot young head coach, who was fresh off of a Final Four run with a Ram program known for churning out successful high-major head coaches, turned down all suitors -- trust me, there were many and would have been many more -- by signing an eight-year extension worth $1.2 million a year. While that salary is a significant raise for Smart, its likely much lower than what he could have commanded as a "free agent", if you will.
The same can be said for the head coach of Smart's crosstown rival, Richmond. Chris Mooney led the Spiders to the Sweet 16 in 2011, which impressed the higher-ups at Richmond to extend his contract through 2021. The move came as a preemptive strike -- Mooney was involved with the Boston College coaching search back in 2010, but got his extension before anyone showed major interest this year.
Wichita State's Gregg Marshall -- who extended his contract through 2018 -- and Harvard's Tommy Amaker -- who leveraged more resources for his program -- also parlayed their success into a better situation at their current school. And who can forget about Brad Stevens' and the 12 year contract he signed with the Bulldogs after their first title-game run?
There are a multitude of reasons why these mid-major coaches opted against the high-major gigs that would have been available to them. All five (Smart, Mooney, Marshall, Amaker, Stevens) are making a substantial living, even in basketball terms. All five enjoy their current job. All five are settled where they live, their family is settled where they live, and they enjoy their workplace environment; having a boss that you get along with should not be overrated.
But there is no question that, in the back of their minds, there is something warning them about becoming the next Todd Lickliter.
You see, at one point Lickliter was the hotshot mid-major head coach. He took over for Thad Matta at Butler in 2001 and carried on the Bulldog tradition. When the head coaching position at Iowa opened up, Lickliter jumped at the opportunity. The problem? Iowa may have been a raise, but it was -- and still is -- a very difficult place to win games as a collegiate coach. Lickliter found that out the hard way, and after three years at Iowa and one year on his couch, Lickliter is back as a mid-major assistant, the same role he was in before getting replacing Matta a decade ago.
Quality mid-major coaches are learning. They are in the position of power. They are the hot commodities. They are the ones that can afford to hold out for a great job, not just a job in a higher-profile conference.
It appears as if the best young coaches are paying heed to the mistakes of their predecessors.
Now if we can only get the best young players to do the same.
On Tuesday, we began tracking the 2011 Coaching Carousel.
Trust me when I tell you that the process is much, much more complicated that you think. In Part I, we learn how former Wyoming head coach Heath Schroyer is connected to UCLA recruit Jordan Adams, how Pat Knight's firing at Texas Tech led to Joe Jones getting the Boston University job, and the ironic job changes of the last two Villanova associate head coaches.
Part II has plenty of juicy nuggets as well. Like, for example, why Josh Pastner was able to hire Damon Stoudamire, how Keno Davis played a role in Fred Hill getting hired at Northwestern, and how Paul Hewitt losing his job at Georgia Tech ended up with Malcolm Armstead and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel ultimately transferring to Wichita State and Hofstra, respectively.
Hit the jump for Part II of the 2011 Coaching Carousel. Click here to browse through the entire Six Degrees of a Coaching Change Series:
March 8th: After four disappointing years with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Perry Clark resigned, refuting earlier reports that he had been fired by the Islanders. The former Miami and Tulane head coach had taken the job with A&M-CC after spending three years as a broadcaster.
March 9th: Barry Rohrssen's career at Manhattan came to an end after a 6-24 season at the helm of the Jaspers. It was Rohrssen's fifth season as the head coach at the MAAC school, but he managed a winning record just once in those five years.
March 10th: The 10th was another rough day for head coaches as three positions opened up. Ricardo Patton was fired as the head coach at Northern Illinois after four seasons. Tom Asbury retired as the head coach of Pepperdine. It was his second stint at the SoCal school, as he was the head coach from 1989-1994. Finally, Cal St. Bakersfield opted not to renew the contract of head coach Keith Brown.
March 11th: Larry Smith lost his job as the head coach at Alcorn State, something that tends to happen when you go 12-78 in three years. He wasn't fired, per se. He was "promoted" to director of athletic development. Providence head coach Keno Davis was fired, however. Davis had been the head coach for the Friars for three seasons after winning a national coach of the year award at Drake in 2008.
March 12th: Jim Boylen will never get the chance to usher in the Pac-12 era at Utah as he was fired after a second straight losing season. He was with the Utes for four years. On the same day, Georgia Tech also fired head coach Paul Hewitt after 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Hewitt probably lasted longer than he should have, as the contract he signed after his 2004 run to the Final Four had a $7.2 million buyout that he will be paid monthly over the next five years.
- If you only read one thing today, make sure that it is this: Joe Posnanski's reflection on Lorenzo Charles (This may have been the best thing I've read all month, maybe all year)
- Luke Winn is always a must-read. He may be a bit early, but we'll give him a free pass because he's such a damn-good writer. He previews everything and everything 2011-2012
- The coaching carousel never ends: Bethune-Cookman fired head coach Clifford Reed a week before the July recruiting period begins
- Jeff Goodman breifs us on the top-20 best non-conference games of 2011-2012
- Eamonn Brennan explains that while Billy Kennedy will provide a spark tot he Texas A&M hoops program, the Aggie's style of play isn't about to speed up
Georgia has notified the NCAA of possible violations dealing with incoming frshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Jason King drops a great list of the most overpaid coaches in college hoops. More on overpaid coaches from Chicago Bball
- Jason King also breaks down the best three-point shooters in college hoops
- Many changes will take place in the SEC next season. One change that will probably not occur is the switch to a 22-game schedule
- We've said this before: Every now and again, the NCAA get's one right. They are allowing the Unvieristy of Michigan to help profide financial support to recruit Austin Hatch, who was involved in a serious plane crash that took the lives of his father and stepmother
- Former-Buckeye Chris Jent will return to Columbus as an assistant coach
- Forerm-Aztec star Tony Bland has joined Steve Fisher's staff at SDSU as an assistant
- Saint Peter's head coach John Dunne received an extension from the school
- A fresh-faced, young Duke team is just the thing to "jump-start" Coach-K's coaching engine
- Former-Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter has been hired by Miami (OH) as an assistant coach
- Former-Arkansas sharpshooter Rotnei Clarke is set to visit Butler
- Gary Parrish provides his entirely-too-early All-American picks for 2012
- Villanova By The Numbers provides an excellent breakdown of the FIBA U19 Championships
- A great recap of the 2011 ACC recruiting landscape
- John Clay paints a beautiful portrait of Jonathan McIntyre, a faithful onliner supporter of Kentucky athletics who died earlier this week
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sometimes there is a downside to being consistently good.
People start to ask why you never broach greatness. They wonder when the next step will occur. They are only satisfied with good enough for so long. And that is exactly what Rick Barnes is experiencing right now.
The Texas head coach has ushered in a new era in Longhorn basketball. No longer is hoops just something Texans do to take their mind off the football-less doldrums of winter. But in his 13 years at Texas, he's turned the hoops program from something to keep them busy into something that they actually follow. Its a golden era for hoops in Austin. Barnes hasn't missed an NCAA Tournament in tenure with the Longhorns. He's consistently competing for Big 12 titles, he made a Final Four, and he churns outs NBA players at as high of a clip as any coach in the country.
But his recent lack of on-court success is starting to get noticed. His Final Four came in 2003. His last Elite 8 came in 2008. The past two seasons have started so promising -- in 2010, the Longhorns spent time at No. 1 in the country and in 2011, Texas was on pace to have a record-setting defense -- and finished in disaster, as UT failed to make it to the second weekend of the tournament.
Barnes, perhaps justly, has earned the reputation of being a recruiter more than a coach; of being a guy that simply rolls the ball out on the court and lets his team play. Lute Olson had the same reputation. Jim Calhoun did for a while as well. Its enough that the Star-Telegram brought up Barnes' comments in a March, 2010, ESPN the Magazine article. In that ESPN article, Barnes said that as much as he would love to win a national title, he's obsessed with trying to get his players to live out their NBA dreams. "I'd give up a national title for all of our guys to be able to live their dream," he said.
He clarified those comments with Mike Jones on Wednesday:
"I was asked, 'Would you rather guys go to the NBA or would you rather win a national championship,'" Barnes said. "Obviously, my response was you'd like to do both. I was pinned down again and asked to pick one or the other."Personally, I don't think that Barnes needed to clarify his comments.
"So, now they're asking me do I want to be selfish on my behalf. Think about it. If I had said I would rather us win a national championship than have one of our players ever get to achieve his dream, I'd be done in coaching. Everyone would say, 'You don't want to play for him because he doesn't care [about player development].' I was asked a question I couldn't really answer a smart way."
Given the opportunity to clarify, Barnes responded this way:
"If you asked me in the end would I want us to win a bunch of championships and our players not succeed -- I wouldn't want to do that. But on the other hand, if you could guarantee that every player you coach could have a chance to live out his dream -- and I'm not just talking about basketball, but life -- and that means your guys aren't going to win a championship, what would you take? I'd have to say I would want our guys to have a chance to live their dreams. Does that mean I don't care? That's not what I'm saying at all. Because I'm smart enough to realize if these guys live their dream, we're going to keep putting ourselves in position and one day it is going to come together, and we're going to win it. We do this for a lot of reasons. But if I didn't have the desire to win it, I wouldn't do this."
I think that his initial answer was perfect, and I hope that its the way every coach in the country feels.
The idea that Barnes doesn't want to win a national title is foolish. Of course he does. You don't get into the coaching profession -- one that requires endless hours on the road, long nights breaking down film, days and weeks away from your loved ones, and the ability to suck up to a 16 year old and his family -- without the desire to win. Obviously, there are some folks that are strictly in it for the paycheck. And there are some folks that do it simply because they love coaching and they love the game.
But at the end of the day, a coach is still a competitor. They are going to want to win as much as possible and on as big of a stage as possible. Its like being a doctor -- some practice medicine because they want to own a big house and a fancy car and some simply love being a doctor, but at the end of the day every doctor in the world is going to do their damnedest to help, sometimes even safe the life, of their patients.
For Barnes -- and for coaches in general -- the bigger issue is that they are coaching student-athletes. And since these student-athletes are not professionals and are not allowed to make money until they leave the amateur ranks, the role of a collegiate coach is that of a teacher.
The Longhorn players are basketball majors, and Barnes is their professor. His role is to make them the best basketball players that they can be and to help them find individual success and happiness. The fact that he has been successful in producing pros is a major reason why he continues to land top-flight high school talent, and sending three players to the first round this year -- including Tristan Thompson at No. 4 and Cory Joseph at No. 29, both of which were a surprise -- only helped that fact.
Barnes' job at Texas is to produce pros. If he's doing his job correctly, then along the way he is going to have some very good teams, wins some conference championships, and compete for Final Fours and national titles.
But he shouldn't put his success as a coach over the future success of his players, and he certainly shouldn't do it in a public forum.
Cincinnati was one of the last teams in the country to lose a game in 2010-2011.
It took until January 9th, when the Bearcats took a trip to Philly to play Villanova, for Mick Cronin's club to lose a game. And while Cincinnati did, eventually, earn a seven seed in the Big East Tournament and a six seed in the NCAA Tournament, that undefeated streak was more the result of a lackluster non-conference schedule that the Bearcats being a powerhouse last year.
According to Kenpom, Cincinnati played the 327th best non-conference schedule last season. Not all of that is Cronin's fault, mind you. He couldn't have predicted that both Dayton and Oklahoma were going to be way down. But regardless of fault, the fact of the matter is that the Bearcats only played one quality team outside of the Big East, and that was Xavier, their crosstown rival. If it wasn't for a very strong Big East and a down year across college hoops, the Bearcats would have been in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament despite winning 25 games.
(Ed. Note: Is there a coach that has a more entertaining series of pissed-off pictures? Seriously, Google image Mick Cronin. That little man can sure get riled up.)
There may be more at work here than Cronin simply not wanting to schedule quality competition. Andy Katz explains:
Mick Cronin makes a good point in the difficulties of getting into the elite tournaments as a Big East team. Tournaments are not allowed to take two teams from a conference, and a team can return to a tournament on a four-year cycle.Its an interesting point to make.
There are a limited number of elite preseason tournaments. Some -- the CBE Classic, the Legends Classic, the Preseason NIT, the Coaches vs. Cancer -- are essentially four team tournaments. Of the six or seven other tournaments, only two or three a year end up having truly quality competition throughout. As a member of the Big East -- a conference that is also home to teams like UConn, Georgetown, Villanova, Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville, Notre Dame, St. John's, and West Virginia -- and with those tournaments only needing to wait four years to bring back one of the Big East's big boys, the Bearcats end up in a less-than-desirable situation.
They don't get those neutral court games against top 25 teams.
And we all know how difficult it can be to convince some of those powerhouse programs to leave their home state in November or December.
The Bearcats end up in a bind. They have their built in rivalry game with Xavier, who is consistently a top 25 program, but after that, Cincinnati is going to struggle to build a competitive non-conference schedule. They did manage to schedule home-and-homes with Georgia and Oklahoma, but those would be much more impressive games in football than they are in hoops.
Cronin and Cincinnati are not without fault, but when criticizing the Bearcat's non-conference scheduling, keep in mind that its not necessarily a result of the program wanting to avoid paying competitive non-conference competition.
It started on February 7th.
That's when Heath Schroyer had his contract terminated by the University of Wyoming. Brought in to clean up a program rife with academic and behavioral problems, the higher-ups in the Cowboy athletic department seemingly got fed up with a mediocre basketball team. Schroyer was just 49-68 in his three and a half seasons in Laramie.
It ended 136 days later.
How did it all happen? What events created the biggest ripples? How far did those ripples extend?
Over the coming days, we will be chronicling the story of the 2011 Coaching Carousel. This was originally supposed to be a single post, but the more research we did and the further that we dug into the back ground, the more interesting it got. For example, can you guess how Keno Davis played a role in the hiring of Fred Hill as an assistant at Northwestern? Or how Paul Hewitt factored into Jamal Coombs-McDaniel's decision to transfer to Hofstra? Or how in the world Pat Knight getting axed at Texas Tech allowed Jones to be named the head coach at BU?
A couple of disclaimers: for starters, we are only looking at the spin cycles started by a head coaching change. Dissecting all of the movement among assistant coaches would be far too time-consuming and, frankly, not quite as interesting. We also will be limiting the folks on the "carousel" to official assistants. Tracking why a video coordinator took the director of basketball operations position at a fellow SWAC school isn't going to make it onto this list.
And as always, please inform us as to anything we may have missed.
So without further ado, the 2011 Coaching Carousel Part I:
February 7th: Heath Schroyer is fired as the head coach of the Wyoming basketball team after leading the Cowboys to just an 8-15 record, 1-8 in the MWC, at that point in the season. Fred Langley, who was the associate head coach at the time, took over for Schroyer as the interim coach for the remainder of the season. The Cowboys went 2-6 under Langley, closing out the season with a loss in the first round of the MWC Tournament, but it wasn't enough to save Langley's job.
- March 31st: Wyoming officially names Larry Shyatt their new head coach. Its his second stint as the head coach of the Cowboys, leading the team to a 12-16 record in the 1997-1998 season. Shyatt was the associate head coach at Florida last season.
- April 5th: Shyatt's first move as head coach was to scoop up former UCLA assistant coach Scott Duncan to take over the associate head coaching position at Wyoming. That's the same Scott Duncan that may have left Ben Howland to deal with an NCAA violation for talking to Sports Illustrated about a recruit. Shyatt also hired his son, who was an assistant at North Florida, to his coaching staff.
- April 12th: To replace Shyatt -- and a couple of other members of his staff that left during the spring -- Florida head coach Billy Donovan hires Norm Roberts and John Pelphrey. Norm Roberts was replaced at St. John's a year ago by Steve Lavin. We'll get into the Pelphrey situation in a bit.
- April 18th: Shyatt hired former Kentucky player Allen Edwards as the final member of his staff. Edwards spent last season at Western Kentucky.
- June 7th: Jake Morton replaced Allen Edwards on Ken McDonald's staff at Western Kentucky. Morton had been an assistant at Miami the past four seasons.
- June 8th: Howland replaces Duncan with Korey McCray, a 32 year old AAU coach for the Atlanta Celtics. The goal? For the Bruins to create a pipeline into the fertile recruiting grounds of Georgia.
- June 20th: It only took two weeks for McCray's hiring to begin to pay dividends, as Jordan Adams, a talented, 6'5" recruit from Georgia, committed to UCLA. He cited McCray's hiring as the reason for his commitment.
- March 20th: Ron Hunter didn't hesitate. After spending 17 years as the head coach at IUPUI -- you might know him as the coach that sparked the Samaritan's Feet movement in college coaching -- Hunter jumped at the opportunity to take over at Georgia State, a school many believe is a sleeping giant situated in Atlanta.
- April 22nd: Todd Howard, who had spent the past 10 seasons as the associate head coach under Hunter, was named Hunter's successor.
- April 28th: Ron Hunter announced his staff at Georgia State. Darryl LaBarrie, who lost his job at Georgia Tech when Paul Hewitt got fired, was hired as the associate head coach. Claude Purdue was hired as an assistant coach after working up Tim Floyd at UTEP last season. And finally, Everick Sullivan, who spent last season as the associate head coach at Eastern Kentucky, was hired as an assistant coach.
- June 10th: Eastern Kentucky replaced Sullivan with Richie Riley, who had spent the past two seasons with Coastal Carolina.
- June 27th: Completing the cycle, Cliff Ellis hired Mamadou N'Diaye to replace Riley. N'Diaye played for Ellis at Auburn.
- March 29th: King Rice, the man who just may have the best name in the college coaching profession, was named the new head coach at Monmouth. Rice had spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach under Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt.
- April 15th: Stallings didn't wait long to replace Rice on his staff, snagging up Tulsa's associate head coach David Cason to come on as an assistant. Cason played for Stallings when Stallings was the head coach of Southern Illinois.
- May 3rd: To replace Cason on his staff, Doug Wojcik hired Emmett Davis as an assistant coach. Davis lost his job as the head coach at Colgate this spring.
- May 13th: Rice announced his staff at Monmouth. He hired former teammates Brian Reese (who was an assistant at High Point) and Derrick Phelps (the video coordinator at Fordham) as well as longtime coach Rick Callahan, who spent the past two seasons at Radford.
- April 20th: Stetson kept it in conference with their head coaching hire. The Hatters dipped their hands into Rick Byrd's Belmont program and hired longtime assistant Casey Alexander to his first head coaching position. Alexander had learned under Byrd, who turned Belmont into a low-major powerhouse, for 16 seasons, the past nine as associate head coach. Byrd replaced Alexander with (a different) Mark Price.
- March 31st: Andy Enfield will be. Enfield, who was an assistant under Leonard Hamilton at Florida State since 2006, will be just the second head coach in the history of FGCU.
- April 15th: Enfield named his staff at Florida Gulf Coast. He brought Michael Fly with him from Florida State, where Fly had been the video coordinator for three years. He pulled Marty Richter from a position as a scout for ESPN. And finally, Enfield added Kevin Norris, who had spent last two season with Buzz Peterson at UNC-Wilmington.
- April 16th: To replace Norris at UNCW, Peterson hired Andre Gray from Western Carolina where he was their recruiting coordinator.
- April 19th: The replace Enfield on his staff, Hamilton hired former Nevada assistant coach Dennis Gates. This isn't his first stop in Tallahassee. Gates was a graduate assistant in 2004-2005.
- March 20th: In what may end up being the best hire of this year's coaching carousel, Texas Tech hired Billy Gillispie, also known as the guy that turned UTEP and Texas A&M around almost immediately before flaming out in spectacular fashion at Kentucky. Don't be surprised if Gillispie is able to make the Red Raiders relevant.
- April 19th: Chris Walker was hired by Gillispie as the associate head coach of the Red Raiders. He left Villanova, where he had the same title, to take the job at Texas Tech.
- May 9th: To replace Walker, Villanova head coach Jay Wright hired former assistant Billy Lange. At the time, Lange was the head coach at the Naval Academy, opening up yet another head coaching gig. This is when it starts to get a bit crazy.
- May 23rd: With the head coaching gig open at Navy, Ed DeChellis opted to leave his position as the head coach at Penn State to take the job. That sure does say something about Penn State hoops, doesn't it?
- June 16th: Ed DeChellis announced his coaching staff at Navy. As you might imagine, it will look quite similar to the one he had at Penn State. Kurt Kanaskie and Dan Earl made the move from State College to Annapolis as associate head coaches and DJ Black made the move as an assistant coach. DeChellis also announced that Jason Crafton and Aaron Goodman will remain on with the new coaching staff.
- June 1st: Surprisingly, Gillispie hired Derrick Jasper as one of his graduate assistants. I say surprisingly because it wasn't a secret that Jasper, who played for Gillispie for a season at Kentucky, did not get along well with his head coach.
- June 3rd: Penn State announced the hiring of Pat Chambers as the successor to Ed DeChellis. Chambers comes from Boston University, where he led the Terriers to the 2011 NCAA Tournament in his second season at the helm. Coincidentally enough, Chambers was the associate head coach at Villanova until 2009, when he got the BU job and was replaced by Chris Walker whose decision to head to Texas Tech resulted in Chambers' move to the Big Ten.
- June 9th: Chambers added Eugene Burroughs as an assistant coach. Burroughs heads to Penn State after leaving Navy, where he was an assistant under Billy Lange.
- June 22nd: Keith Urgo was hired by Pat Chambers as an assistant coach. Urgo was demoted back to director of basketball operations after Jay Wright rehired Doug West as an assistant coach at Villanova.
- June 23rd: Joe Jones was named the head coach at Boston University, which filled the last available head coaching position. A former assistant at Villanova, Jones just finished his first season as the associate head coach at Boston College after leaving his gig as the head coach at Columbia.
- March 27th: After spending three seasons as the head coach at Kent State -- the last two of which he won the MAC coach of the year award -- Geno Ford left to take over for Jim Les at Bradley. Ford didn't exactly leave KSU on the best terms as he is currently in the midst of a legal battle with the school.
- April 6th: Ron Senderoff, who spent the past seven years as an assistant coach under Ford at Kent State, was promoted to head coach.
- April 15th: Senderhoff kept most of the Kent State staff intact, but he did hire former player Eric Haut as an assistant. Haut had spent the past two years as an assistant coach at TCU.
- June 2nd: SMU's Reggie Brown was hired to replace Haut at TCU. Brown had spent two seasons at SMU previously.
- April 28th: Jaden Uken, who was the director of basketball operations for Ford at Kent State, followed him to Bradley where he was named an assistant coach.
- June 13th: Ford completed his staff at Bradley by hiring former Boise State head coach Greg Graham to be his lead assistant.
- April 6th: Ron Senderoff, who spent the past seven years as an assistant coach under Ford at Kent State, was promoted to head coach.
- March 29th: Eastern Washington went with a non-traditional method of hiring a new head coach -- they reached into the D-III ranks, signing Jim Hayford away from Whitworth, where he had won 20 games the past eight seasons.
- April 19th: Hayford announced his coaching staff. Craig Fortier came with him from Whitworth and Shantay Liggins remained on the staff from the Kirk Earlywine era. The most surprising hire, however, was Craig Ehlo, the former NBA player who kicked off his coaching career.
- April 4th: Towson hired one of the fastest risers in college hoops in Pat Skerry. Skerry, who got his first head coaching job at just 26, went from Rhode Island to Providence to Pitt in the span of three years.
- April 19th: Jamie Dixon replaced Skerry, who was only on his staff for one season, with Bill Barton, who spent the previous year at Marshall.
- April 26th: The first hire that Skerry made at Towson was his former colleague Kevin Clark. Clark and Skerry worked together as assistants at URI.
- June 27th: Jimmy Baron replaced Clark at URI with Lenny Harris, a longtime assistant at NC State that was out of a job after Sidney Lowe was fired.
- May 14th: The son of Bill Murray and a former assistant at both Arizona and Wagner, Skerry added to his coaching staff by hiring Luke Murray.
- May 29th: Skerry completed his coaching staff by trying to ramp up his recruiting. His final hire was Kenny Johnson, who is affiliated with DC's Team Takeover AAU program.
- June 3rd: To replace Barton at Marshall, Tom Herrion hired Jorge Fernandez. Fernandez had spent the past seven years at Miami, the last four as associate head coach, before having to find a new job when Frank Haith went to Missouri.
- April 20th: Kennesaw State opted to hire former VMI big man Lewis Preston as their new head coach in large part due to Preston's emphasis on academics. Preston left his post as a Penn State assistant to take the KSU gig.
- May 11th: Preston's first hire at KSU was Jimmy Lallathin, who was promoted to assistant coach in 2010-2011 in his fourth year on the Miami-OH staff.
- June 14th: Charlie Coles made an interesting hire to replace Lallathin on his staff with the Redhawks -- Todd Lickliter. If you remember, Lickliter was once a hotshot young coach with Butler before flaming out after three years at Iowa.
- June 1st: Lewis Preston hired Mike Smith away from Jacksonville State. The two were teammates professionally in Finland.
- June 22nd: Preston completed his staff at KSU by hiring Tim Morris, who spent last season as a graduate assistant with Alabama.
- May 11th: Preston's first hire at KSU was Jimmy Lallathin, who was promoted to assistant coach in 2010-2011 in his fourth year on the Miami-OH staff.