Tag:Coaching Developments
Posted on: March 30, 2010 12:43 pm

Source: UW-Green Bay's Kowalczyk headed to Toledo

Wisconsin-Green Bay's Todd Kowalczyk will be Toledo's next coach, a source at the school told CBSSports.com.

A formal announcement is expected later this afternoon.

Kowalczyk spent eight seasons at UW-Green Bay.

He's replacing Gene Cross.
Posted on: March 30, 2010 8:13 am
Edited on: March 30, 2010 9:21 am

Report: BC fires Skinner

Boston College has scheduled an afternoon press conference to announce it has fired basketball coach Al  Skinner, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday morning on its web site.

Skinner spent 13 seasons at Boston College.

He made seven NCAA tournament appearances.

This development comes less than a week after Skinner interviewed for the vacancy at St. John's. BC officials have already asked for permission to speak with Richmond's Chris Mooney and Cornell's Steve Donahue, according to the Boston Globe. Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Northeastern's Billy Coen are other possibilities.
Posted on: March 30, 2010 1:19 am

Lavin has "productive" meeting with St. John's

Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin had what a source told CBSSports.com was a "very productive and positive dialogue" with St. John's officials Monday night, and the discussion is expected to continue Tuesday. If all goes well, Lavin could be introduced as the Red Storm's next coach by Wednesday.

St. John's has been looking for a coach since it fired Norm Roberts on March 19.

Lavin coached UCLA from 1996-2003.

He's now an analyst at ESPN.
Posted on: March 28, 2010 11:54 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2010 11:55 pm

Marshall's Jones headed to UCF

Marshall's Donnie Jones has agreed in principle to be Central Florida's next coach, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

An official announcement is expected Monday.

Jones is leaving one C-USA program for another, but there's a chance UCF could turn into a Big East job with conference realignment almost certainly on the way. That combined with incredible facilities by C-USA standards, a new deal with Nike and the possibility to get back to the state of Florida -- where Jones was an assistant for both of Billy Donovan's national title teams -- makes the move sensible for Jones, who spent three seasons at Marshall.

UCF fired Kirk Speraw earlier this month.

The Knights finished 15-17 overall this season.
Posted on: March 28, 2010 3:35 pm

Seton Hall to hire Iona's Willard

Iona's Kevin Willard has agreed in principle to be Seton Hall's next coach, two sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

One source said a final deal is "in the works."

Another described it as "done."

An official announcement could come as early as Monday.

Willard is the son of Louisville assistant Ralph Willard. The New York native spent three years at Iona and led the Gaels to a 21-10 record this season. He replaces Bobby Gonzalez, who was fired earlier this month after a loss in the NIT.
Posted on: March 28, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2010 12:10 pm

Siena's McCaffery headed to Iowa

Siena coach Fran McCaffery has accepted an offer to be Iowa's coach, according to the Albany Times Union.

A formal announcement is expected Monday.

McCaffery spent five years at Siena and led the Saints to each of the past three NCAA tournaments. The 50-year-old Philadelphia native was also a candidate at St. John's and Seton Hall. He replaces Todd Lickliter, who was fired after three seasons.

Iowa finished 4-14 in the Big Ten this season.

Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:21 am
Edited on: March 27, 2010 11:24 am

Minnesota 'can't pay' Smith what Oregon could

HOUSTON -- It's been 11 days since Oregon fired Ernie Kent, and there's still no coach in place.

But that could change soon if the school moves away from its top candidates.

It's no secret that Oregon -- backed by the money of Nike founder Phil Knight -- would love to make a big hire like Mark Few, Jamie Dixon or Billy Donovan, but that seems unlikely at this point because Few and Dixon have little interest in leaving Gonzaga and Pittsburgh -- remember, either could've had the Arizona job last year -- and anything west of the Mississippi River is unfamiliar territory (and probably too far from home) for Donovan, a New York native who has won two national titles at Florida.

That leaves the next tier of candidates headlined by Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon and Minnesota's Tubby Smith.

Prediction: Oregon will land one of those two.

It's worth noting only Texas A&M seems willing to fight for its coach.

"We will make every effort to make sure Mark Turgeon remains our coach," Texas A&M athletics director Bill Byrne, coincidentally also a former Oregon athletics director, told The Register-Guard. "And Ducks who remember me will know how hard I'll work to do that. … My [job] is to keep Mark Turgeon as the coach of the Aggies."

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi isn't as enthusiastic about trying to keep Smith.

"Somebody will offer him $3 million," Maturi told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "We can't pay him $3 million."

Bottom line, Oregon probably won't get Few, Dixon or Donovan, but Turgeon and Smith are realistic options.

One of the latter two will likely be offered and accept the position in the next week.

Just depends on which coach Oregon officials want to purchase.
Posted on: March 26, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 4:38 pm

Greenberg agrees to new deal with Virginia Tech

Seth Greenberg has agreed to terms on a new deal with Virginia Tech that effectively eliminates him as a candidate at St. John's, the school announced Friday.

“I am pleased that Coach Greenberg will continue his mission at Virginia Tech and will lead the Hokies for the next six seasons,” said Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver. “He has done an outstanding job in creating a program and environment that has the Hokies competitive year in and year out in the ACC. Under Coach Greenberg’s tutelage, the Hokies have the fourth-best regular season record in the ACC and he has created one of the best programs in the country.”

Greenberg has spent seven seasons at Virginia Tech.

He has a 132-94 record in that span.

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