New Faces, New Places: Detailing all the coaching changes
We've touched on the big names in new spots, so now it's time to run down all the rest of the coaching changes in college hoops.
Over the course of the past three weeks, we've given you 10 coaches in new spots that can have a lot of impact. But those jobs were the notable, big-headline hires. Elsewhere in college basketball we've seen more than 30 other hirings, and we've detailed them all below. Which schools will start anew next year? Check out all the jobs that have been filled. The only one left that's not listed: Stetson Hatters , which just lost its coach to Lipscomb.
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The guy: Mike Brennan, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant to John Thompson III at Georgetown, returns to American, where he was an assistant for two years before joining the Hoyas. He replaces Jeff Jones, who left for Old Dominion.
The deal: Brennan was tabbed over Virginia assistant Jason Williford. He's a good, solid pick -- and he obviously knows the lay of the land at AU having spent two years as an assistant under Jones.
Ball State Cardinals
The guy: James Whitford has been on Sean Miller's staff for much of the past decade at Xavier and Arizona. The 41-year-old Midwest native turned down Miami (Ohio) a year ago but was selective and decided that Ball State was somewhere he could win.
The deal: Whitford has learned from one of the elite young coaches in the country in Miller -- and he's a guy who can coach, recruit and also connect with people. This was a quality hire for Ball State and athletic director Bill Scholl.
The guy: Bobby Hurley is a former Duke star whose NBA career was derailed by injuries. He joined his brother, Dan, a few years ago at Wagner and went with him to Rhode Island a year ago instead of taking the reigns at Wagner.
The deal: I love this hire for Danny White. Hurley obviously has the pedigree, learning from Coach K, his father, Bob, and his brother. He knows the game and has the work ethic to upgrade the talent in the Bulls' program.
Cal State Fullerton Titans
The guy: Dedrique Taylor has been on Herb Sendek's staff since 2006 and has been a fixture on the West Coast. He was an assistant at Nevada, Portland State, Loyola Marymount and UC Davis. He replaces Bob Burton, who was fired before the start of the season, and replaced with interim Andy Newman.
The deal: Taylor is well connected and well liked, and Cal State Fullerton is one of the better jobs in the Big West. Expect the Titans to continue to be a contender for the league title on a consistent basis with Taylor at the helm.
The guy: Reggie Theus played and also coached in the NBA. He's also a West Coast guy who proved himself as a quality recruiter at New Mexico State when he took the Aggies to the NCAA tournament.
The deal: Anytime you can get a guy with the profile of Theus to a Big West school, it's a quality hire. There's no doubt he'll be able to upgrade the talent, but he needs to be careful about taking too many chances on at-risk kids.
Campbell Fighting Camels
The guy: Kevin McGeehan has been with Chris Mooney since the two were at Lansdale Catholic High in the mid 1990s. He's been an assistant under Mooney at Air Force and Richmond for the past eight years where the Spiders went to the postseason in five of the past six seasons.
The deal: McGeehan fits Campbell. He's a smart, hard-working academic guy who was critical in Richmond's success of late.
The guy: Will Wade helped get things going with Tommy Amaker and then was an integral part of Shaka Smart's success. He's a Nashville native who started under Oliver Purnell.
The deal: Wade is young but extremely smart and has a relentless work ethic. He's done a tremendous job evaluating at both Harvard and VCU, and he should bring a fast-paced, exciting style of play to the Mocs.
The guy: Ray Giacoletti gets another chance. He coached Rodney Stuckey and was the head coach at Eastern Washington for four seasons, then he took Utah to the Sweet 16 in 2005 before being fired two years later. The 51-year-old gets another chance after spending the past six seasons with Mark Few at Gonzaga.
The deal: The past half-dozen years have helped Giacoletti grow, watching how Few handles the Zags program. Mark Phelps, the former coach, left enough talent in the program to be competitive in the Missouri Valley.
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
The guy: Greg Herenda comes from the Division II ranks and won nearly 100 games at UMass-Lowell over the past five seasons. He's been in the mix for several other head D-I jobs and inherits a program that won just 15 games over the past three years.
The deal: Herenda is a New Jersey native who went to the NCAA Division II tournament each of his first four seasons, and the 52-year-old has experience at the D-1 level as an assistant at Seton Hall, Yale, East Carolina and Holy Cross. It'll be interesting to see what he can do at FDU.
Florida International Golden Panthers
The guy: Anthony Evans took Norfolk State to the NCAA tournament a year ago and won the MEAC regular-season crown this year, earning the automatic NIT berth. Evans replaces Richard Pitino, who wound up with the Minnesota gig after an 18-win season.
The deal: Evans obviously did a tremendous job at Norfolk State, but the Brooklyn native doesn't have many ties in Miami. It will be interesting to see how this one plays itself out.
The guy: Niko Medved is a Minnesota native who spent seven seasons at Furman, including the last three in which the program had consecutive winning campaigns. He also spent the past six years as an assistant at Colorado State.
The deal: Medved is young, bright and works. He was in the program when it was successful and was also on two different staffs at Colorado State when that program achieved unparalleled success.
Georgia Southern Eagles
The guy: Mark Byington spent last season as an assistant at Virginia Tech but is extremely familiar with the Southern Conference -- having spent nine years in it as an assistant at the College of Charleston. Byington was 7-4 as the interim coach before Bobby Cremins retired in 2012.
The deal: Many thought Byington would be the pick to replace Cremins on a permanent basis at Charleston, but Doug Wojcik got that job. However, Byington's reputation within the league was strong, and he'll inherit a group with plenty of talent.
The guy: Most everyone knows Thunder Dan. The former NBA star, Dan Majerle takes over as the program enters the D-I ranks. Majerle has been an NBA assistant and now takes over a difficult situation as Grand Canyon heads into the WAC.
The deal: Majerle has a terrific reputation in the Phoenix area, so maybe he can get talent that Grand Canyon couldn't normally land. However, former coach Russ Pennell did go 72-42 in his career at the school.
The guy: Joe Mihalich takes over for Mo Cassara, who was fired after three seasons. Mihalich, 56, had been at Niagara for 15 seasons, going to the NCAA tournament on two occasions. The Purple Eagles went to three NITs during his tenure, including this past season.
The deal: After several off-the-court problems under Cassara, Mihalich will bring a winning pedigree -- with more stability than the Pride saw the past few seasons. He’s bringing two of his best players with him from Niagara, too. Hofstra is a place where you can win; Mihalich will get victories.
Jackson State Tigers
The guy: Wayne Brent is a former assistant at Ole Miss in the Rod Barnes era and has been the head coach at Callaway High since 2007, winning four state titles. He was also 72-16 in three seasons at Piney Woods High and 116-65 in six seasons at Provine High.
The deal: Brent was on Barnes' staff when Ole Miss was relevant. He's been extremely successful as a high school coach in the area and has plenty of ties throughout the region. This is a difficult job, but Brent has the pedigree to get things done.
The guy: Casey Alexander, who crosses enemy lines by taking this job. Alexander was named to the post last week, and the interesting twist comes in the fact that Alexander was an assistant at Belmont for 16 years. Problem? None, except Lipscomb and Belmont are big-time rivals -- and Alexander remains close with that Belmont staff. This will be fun for that rivalry.
The deal: Alexander is looking to get Lipscomb (which has been D-I for a decade) its first NCAA tournament appearance. He comes by way of Stetson, where he was the head coach for two years. It's a good hire for the Bison, who will compete against the likes of Mercer and Florida Gulf Coast next season in the Atlantic Sun.
The guy: Jayson Gee has been the associate head coach under Gary Waters for the past seven years at Cleveland State, where the Vikings have won 20-plus games four times. He was also an assistant at St. Bonaventure and the head coach at the University of Charleston, where he was 160-55 in seven years.
The deal: Gee is considered a well-rounded coach by his peers, but he has a difficult task ahead. He can coach, recruit and also has a reputation of developing players.
The guy: G.G. Smith has been an assistant with the Greyhounds for six seasons, and now the son of Tubby Smith gets his chance to lead the program. The 36-year old played for his dad at Georgia and has been an assistant at multiple stops.
The deal: The Greyhounds have won 62 games over the past three seasons, including an NCAA tournament appearance last year -- and Smith is a major reason for that success. He knows the area, he knows the program, and Loyola shouldn’t miss a beat without the charismatic Jimmy Patsos.
Marist Red Foxes
The guy: Jeff Bower's resume is impressive. He was an assistant at Marist from 1986 to 1995 and then went into the NBA, where he was a general manager and head coach for the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets. He was also the director of player personnel, assistant general manager, assistant coach, director of scouting and advanced scout at one point or another within the organization.
The deal: Anytime you can get a guy like Bower at a place like Marist, it's a home run -- maybe even a grand slam. He's been a coach at the highest level, and he also evaluated talent in the NBA for years.
Niagara Purple Eagles
The guy: With Joe Mihalich heading to Hofstra, former St. John’s assistant Chris Casey was called to take his place. Casey has been at LIU Post for three seasons, winning 62 games and advancing to the D-II NCAA tournament twice. He was an assistant at St. John’s for six seasons.
The deal: Casey is a Brooklyn native and has made various stops in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area. He’s a solid recruiter and is regarded as a guy who can get players from outside his base, too. Casey will win games at Niagara -- it just won’t happen immediately, as the Purple Eagles lost their best players to Hofstra.
Norfolk State Spartans
The guy: Robert Jones has been named the interim coach for the 2013-14 season. He's been on the staff for six years and replaces Anthony Evans, who left for the head gig at Florida International.
The deal: Jones will have a year to prove himself. He's the guy who recruited former Norfolk State star Kyle O'Quinn to the program -- and O'Quinn led the team to a 26-win season, its first-ever MEAC title and an NCAA upset over Missouri.
Old Dominion Monarchs
The guy: Jeff Jones became ODU's 13th head coach last month after spending the past 13 seasons at American. He's best known for his time at Virginia, where he led his alma mater to 1995 Elite Eight.
The deal: This type of job is usually better suited for an up-and-comer than it is a bounce-backer, and it can't help with enthusiasm around the program when ODU fans look and see that Jones finished 10-20 last year at American. But he did take the school to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. So there's some success there, and it'll be interesting to see how this goes.
The guy: Bob Thomason announced his retirement before last season, and pretty much everyone had an idea who was next in line. Ron Verlin had been an assistant with the Tigers for 19 seasons, essentially being Thomason’s right-hand man through most of the success that they had.
The deal: Verlin will look to continue the winning legacy that Thomason brought to Pacific. Since Verlin was at the school, the Tigers went to five NCAA tournaments and won seven Big West titles. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Tigers, as they head into the West Coast Conference.
Saint Louis Billikens
The guy: Jim Crews, who is not a new face -- just a permanent one. Crews was brought in as interim coach once Rick Majerus had to step down last summer. Crews was formerly at Army and Evansville. His career coaching record is 378-356.
The deal: Crews had to be the pick for SLU, which won the Atlantic 10 last season and was a top-20 team for much of the second half of the year. The Billikens rallied behind Crews and played to a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. You can't replace Majerus, and Crews isn't the same kind of guy, but right now it looks like he can win at SLU just as much as Majerus did.
San Jose State Spartans
The guy: Dave Wojcik comes to San Jose and replaces George Nessman after three years on Leon Rice's staff at Boise. He was also an assistant for his brother, Doug, at Tulsa -- and at Loyola and Xavier under the late Skip Prosser.
The deal: Wojcik can evaluate talent and will bring toughness to the program. He did a tremendous job helping Leon Rice elevate the Boise program over the last few years.
The guy: As soon as Mitch Buonaguro was fired, Siena was targeting Jimmy Patsos as his replacement. He was the head coach at Loyola (Md.) for nine seasons, leading the Greyhounds to an NCAA tournament appearance last season. Before that, he was an assistant at Maryland under Gary Williams for 13 years.
The deal: Before a recent string of winning seasons, Patsos was making more news for gimmicky tactics than for on-court victories. However, he’s won 62 games in the last three seasons, and he’s a likeable personality. Patsos will definitely bring some added attention -- in a good way -- to the Saints.
South Alabama Jaguars
The guy: Longtime Butler assistant Matt Graves, who finally got a head coaching chance after nine years on Butler's bench as an assistant. Graves is a highly respected man in college basketball coaching circles, having helped build up Butler to what it's become in the past five years.
The deal: Graves is a good get for South Alabama, a Sun Belt school with two NCAA tournament appearances in the past eight years. He replaces interim coach Jeff Price, who took over after Ronnie Arrow stepped down early last season.
South Carolina State Bulldogs
The guy: Murray Garvin took over in February after Tim Carter was forced out. He has been at South Carolina State for a couple years after spending three seasons (2008-2010) at Winston-Salem State. He was also an assistant at Charleston Southern from 2004 to 2008.
The deal: It's still unclear whether Garvin has a one-year deal or is the permanent coach. Regardless, he's got plenty of work ahead of him as the Bulldogs finished 6-24 overall and 2-14 in league play last season.
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
The guy: Brad Underwood got the SFA job after spending the past two seasons as Frank Martin's associate head coach at Kansas State and South Carolina. He's been coaching at various levels for the past 27 years.
The deal: Underwood has worked with some good men -- Martin, Bob Huggins, etc., -- and it's nice to see a lifer finally get an opportunity like this. He's been a junior college head coach before. So this won't be his first time to lead a program, just his first time to lead a program like this.
Texas-Pan American Broncs
The guy: Dan Hipsher is a veteran of the business. He came from Alabama, where he was an assistant under Anthony Grant for the past four seasons. He's also been a head coach at Stetson and Akron -- and was also an assistant at South Florida and Arkansas.
The deal: Ryan Marks was fired after a .500 record at a tough place, but the athletic director wanted to make a move. Hipsher has been around, but he's almost 60 years old at a place where it's extremely difficult to recruit and win games.
Texas State-San Marcos Bobcats
The guy: Doug Davalos brought a fast tempo to Texas State, but he didn’t bring wins. In his place is Danny Kaspar, who had been at Stephen F. Austin for 13 seasons. He went to one NCAA tournament and won 20 games in five of the past six seasons.
The deal: This was one of the best hires of the offseason. Kaspar is a winner, and he has proven that on an annual basis with the Lumberjacks. He’s a terrific Xs and Os coach and is very familiar with the area. He will have the Bobcats winning in the Sun Belt in no time.
The guy: Phil Cunningham, who was an assistant for 12 years at Mississippi State and then sat as an assistant for Western Kentucky last season. He's coached in one capacity or another for 23 years.
The deal: This is a man who has an unenviable task. You might not know much about Troy basketball, so know this: Cunningham replaces a man named Don Maestri, who coached at Troy since 1982 -- 31 years -- before retiring this past spring. Cunningham begins a new legacy.
The guy: Pat Duquette was close to getting a head job as an assistant under Al Skinner at Boston College, but he was forced to go down to the mid-major level after Skinner was fired and he landed with his good friend and former colleague, Bill Coen, at Northeastern.
The deal: Duquette recruited well at Boston College and was certainly a key factor in the program's success. Now he'll help lead UMass-Lowell into the Division I ranks.
The guy: Kareem Richardson got the job after spending one year on Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville, which culminated in a national title. Before that he worked at Xavier, Evansville, Indiana State and Wright State.
The deal: Richardson has for a while been considered a top-notch recruiter. Provided he can get players to UMKC, this will prove to be a nice hire of an up-and-comer.
The guy: Nick McDevitt replaced Eddie Biedenbach as UNC-Asheville's new head coach when Biedenbach resigned last month to take an assistant coaching position at UNC Wilmington. McDevitt was an assistant for Biedenbach for 10 seasons before becoming his associate head coach in 2011.
The deal: This was the obvious move for UNC-Asheville when Biedenbach made a surprising move and left. McDevitt is a UNC-Asheville graduate, and he's been around the program for more than 15 years. He deserved this opportunity regardless of whether it ultimately works.
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