College basketball coaching changes tracker: San Jose State opens up late
Amazingly, there have been 47 coaching changes in 2017 -- and the movement has pushed into July
Milwaukee hired Northwestern assistant Pat Baldwin on June 20. It seemed at the time -- as late as it was into the offseason -- that Baldwin's hiring would be the final coaching change before the start of the 2017-18 season.
But it is not. On Monday, July 10, San Jose State announced that Dave Wojcik was resigning for personal reasons. With Wojcik leaving his post, college basketball has now undergone 47 coaching changes. (At first I thought, This must be close to a single-season record, if it's not already there, but in fact it's not. We're approaching the yearly average.) So we spin the carousel once more.
If you're here to catch up on all things coaching carousel, we don't let you down. Below, the 47 coaching changes, including analysis of the hires and context about the guys who either were fired, retired or moved on to other schools.
Out: Dave Wojcik
Wojcik said in a statement: "This past year has been emotionally challenging for me with the loss of my father. His passing made me evaluate what is important in life and the value of family. With the considerable needs of my widowed mother as well as my son moving to the East Coast after his high school graduation, I believe it is the appropriate time to resign my position as head men's basketball coach at San JosÃ© University."
Wojcik went 32-90 in six seasons. Assistant Rodney Tention is interim head coach.
Out: Chris Holtmann
Now Butler opens up, and although it's not as good of a job as Ohio State, it's certainly top-40 destination in all of college basketball (351 schools). What's more, Butler has a top-25 roster heading into next season, bolstered by a top-35 recruiting class that Holtmann signed. It's one of the best incoming freshman classes in school history. A lot of people want this job, but in talking to those connected with Butler, the feeling I get is that AD Barry Collier will probably stay within the family and hire someone with direct ties/experience with the program.
In: LaVall Jordan
Jordan was reportedly the runner-up to getting this job back in 2013, when it went to Brandon Miller. Jordan played for Butler AD Barry Collier, when Collier coached the Bulldogs. He then worked under Todd Lickliter, from 2004-07, when Lickliter coached BU. He's the first African-American coach of men's basketball in Butler history. At Milwaukee last season, his first as a head coach, the team went 11-24. He also was an assistant at Iowa and Michigan, between the time of being a Butler assistant and coach at Milwaukee.
Out: Thad Matta
Matta went 337-123 in 13 seasons at Ohio State, the .733 winning percentage amounting to the best for any Big Ten coach with 10 or more years experience. Matta has 439 total wins to his name, including his time with Butler and Xavier. He's 49 year sold, battling a bad back and drop foot. Will he ever coach again? I honestly don't know, but if he's able to get himself right and rehab himself to relative physical normalcy, I wouldn't be shocked at all to see him at a top-30 program by 2020.
In: Chris Holtmann
It's remarkable what Holtmann has done. The 45-year-old has gone from Gardner-Webb to Butler assistant to Butler interim to Butler head coach to Ohio State in less than five years. This wasn't an easy call for Holtmann, but the contract and recruiting base and support, well it's hug Holtmann was 70-31 at Butler and made the NCAAs (plus won a tournament game) every season while the coach of the Bulldogs. I grade it as a B-plus hire for the Buckeyes. Very good, but no sure bet he'll be as good as Matta.
Out: LaVall Jordan
Jordan's move to Butler was a no-brainer. Fortunately, the program has no place to go but up, and will try to build off making the title game in the Horizon League in March.
In: Pat Baldwin
Baldwin comes over from Northwestern, his alma mater, and takes the Panthers job after being interviewed for it in 2016. With Jordan out, Baldwin will have one of the best jobs in the Horizon League.
Out: Craig Neal
Neal lasted four years in Albuquerque. Things went south quickly, as Noodles was praised as the ideal hire to succeed Steve Alford in 2013. Neal's contract had a buyout bump coming. The school's voting board opted not to fall financial victim to that contract merely hours before the terms changed April 1. Thus: his 11th-hour termination. The decision was a course reversal from a public statement via UNM athletic director Paul Krebs, who wrote in mid-March: "In order to end speculation, I'm announcing that Craig Neal will return and coach the men's basketball team next season." Four New Mexico players transferred out at season's end. Neal went 76-52 at UNM.
In: Paul Weir
Now this is juicy. The Lobos go in-state and hire away New Mexico State's coach, who went 28-6 this past season and took the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament. Weir just completed his first season ever as a head coach; he took over NMSU after Marvin Menzies left for UNLV. This after Weir spent almost a decade as an assistant at NMSU. Yet New Mexico State refused to pony up and keep him with a halfway-decent contract. Weir was not New Mexico's first choice, as the school unsuccessfully tried to lure San Antonio Spurts assistant James Borrego back to Albuquerque.
Out: Steve Fisher
Fisher, who retired from SDSU last week, was once best known for being the coach at Michigan, winning an NCAA title with the Wolverines in 1989 (after taking over for Bill Freider at the end of the regular season) and making back-to-back NCAA title game appearances with the "Fab Five" in 1992 and 1993. However, after he was fired in 1997 due to an NCAA scandal at UM. With the job he did at SDSU, he'll likely be as known for that as what he did in Ann Arbor, even though he never made it further than the Sweet 16 with the Aztecs.
In: Brian Dutcher
Dutcher, Fisher's long-time assistant and designated coach-in-waiting, will take over the program. Dutcher was instrumental in recruiting the Fab Five at Michigan and has been at San Diego State since Fisher arrived in 1999.
Out: Tom Crean
Crean went 166-135 in nine seasons at IU, including a 71-91 record in the Big Ten, but that record includes an absolute rebuild job at the start. The Hoosiers made history this season, becoming the first team to beat two eventual No. 1 seeds in non-conference play but go on to miss the Big Dance. Indiana was beset by injuries, including the loss of projected first-round pick OG Anunoby . Crean lost the fan base in Bloomington in recent years, but his reputation as a coaching tactician is held in high regard. He'll land on his feet at a solid job.
In: Archie Miller
A terrific basketball mind, the younger brother of Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller. This is just about a perfect fit. Miller is young, a great recruiter, an A-level tactician and someone that should be able to handle the pressures of IU basketball. The question now becomes: Who will Miller hire on staff? A top priority will be to keep in-state elite talent from going to other programs, something Crean struggled with.
Out: John Thompson III
In a surprising move, Georgetown's powers-that-be made the decision that the fan base was asking for: John Thompson III has been fired after 13 years on the job. Georgetown Hoyas is a very good job, a top-30 gig in college hoops. Thompson went 278-151 in 13 seasons. He made the Final Four in 2007, his third year at the helm. But this was the right call. Georgetown needs to start over.
In: Patrick Ewing
G'town, for the first time a long time, is interesting. But interesting doesn't mean good. Interesting doesn't guarantee anything other than immediate response and easy press. And with the hire of the greatest Hoya ever, Patrick Ewing, the school's administration earns exactly that. I have a lot of thoughts on Ewing taking this job --.
Out: Brad Underwood
Underwood is replacing John Groce at Illinois Fighting Illini . Had he been given contract renegotiation options sooner, he would still be in Stillwater.
In: Mike Boynton Jr.
Oklahoma State Cowboys wasn't sure what to do after it unexpectedly lost Underwood. Boynton aced his interview, beating out fellow assistants, in addition to a few sitting head coaches and, most notably, former Cowboys point guard Doug Gottlieb, who publicly lobbied for the job. Boynton is 35 and a first-time head coach. He will have tremendous challenges ahead. Coaching in the Big 12 is stacked, but Boynton is built to run a program. He could wind up as the most surprising but best bargain of a hire of any made in 2017.
Out: Johnny Jones
LSU's only sub-.500 season under Jones was this season, a 10-21 disaster that included a 2-16 mark in the SEC. Jones made one NCAA Tournament appearance in his time in Baton Rouge. He'll mostly be remembered for coaching Ben Simmons and not making the NCAAs in 2016.
In: Will Wade
Wade is an intriguing hire in Baton Rouge. LSU Tigers is the sleeping giant in the SEC. The Tigers opt to go young, as Wade is 34. LSU's job is one with incredible potential, meaning Wade will have to recruit like he never has before in order to keep pace in an SEC that has a lot of big-time coaching talent. Wade is the latest to leave VCU Rams for a traditional Big Six job, following in the footsteps of Jeff Capel ( Oklahoma Sooners ), Anthony Grant ( Alabama Crimson Tide ) and Shaka Smart ( Texas Longhorns ). Wade coached at VCU the past two years, getting the Rams to the NCAAs each time. He has a 91-45 career record as a coach; he previously coached at Chattanooga Mocs for two years. Wade cut his teeth as an assistant at VCU for Smart before returning to Richmond Spiders .
Out: Lorenzo Romar
Romar was at Washington Huskies from 2002-17. He went to the NCAA Tournament six times, including two Sweet 16 runs. But after a 9-22 season, despite having projected No. 1 NBA Draft pick Markelle Fultz , Romar was fired.
In: Mike Hopkins
Hopkins was Jim Boeheim's assistant at Syracuse Orange the past 22 years.
"The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class university, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support," Hopkins said. "Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle Redhawks , and I can't wait to get started."
Hopkins' experience with USA Basketball likely played a factor, and for him to make this move speaks to his eagerness to finally run a program. Because of this move, Boeheim has extended his contract with Syracuse well beyond 2018. Hopkins is originally from the West Coast and should be able to recruit effectively to the Pacific Tigers Northwest. There were a lot of good candidates up for the UW job; Hopkins is worthy of the post.
Out: John Groce
Groce spent five years in Champaign, making the NCAAs his first season but living life on the bubble (or underneath it) in all other years. Groce's firing comes after he signed a consensus top-15 recruiting class. As of now, none of the players who committed to play for Groce have backed off their vows to the Illini.
In: Brad Underwood
The decision comes as a financial one because Underwood, who took Oklahoma State to the NCAA Tournament in his first season after coming over from Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks , was paid just more than $1 million at OSU. Ironic, given billionaire T. Boone Pickens' ties to his alma mater. Underwood has made the NCAA Tournament all four years of his head-coaching career. Illinois nailed the hire.
Here's what Illini AD Josh Whitman said in a statement.
"In searching for a new coach, we were looking for a proven winner who would build upon our proud tradition while developing an unmistakable identity for Illinois Basketball. Brad's teams play a fast, aggressive style and show unyielding toughness. They have a tremendous energy that I believe will ignite the Orange Krush and our fans to once again make State Farm Center one of the most intimidating venues in all of college basketball. Off the court, Brad builds strong, personal relationships with his student-athletes. His winning combination of strong Midwest values and tenacious work ethic are a perfect fit for our community and the Illini Nation."
The style is also going to be run-and-fun. Underwood's OSU team had the No. 1 offense in college basketball this season. In a statement, Underwood called the chance to coach at Illinois a "once-in-lifetime opportunity."
Out: Mark Gottfried
Gottfried was told he wouldn't be returning in mid-February. He coached out the rest of the season. In his six seasons at NC State Wolfpack , Gottfried made four NCAA Tournaments, two of those appearances including Sweet 16 runs. NC State was projected to be a clear-cut tourney team in 2016-17 but finished 15-17. It remains to be seen if Gottfried will remain in coaching or look to make a return to broadcasting.
In: Kevin Keatts
The 44-year-old had an interview on March 17, less than 24 hours removed from his UNC-Wilmington Seahawks team lost to Virginia Cavaliers in the NCAAs, and agreed to terms of a deal shortly thereafter. Wolfpack AD Debbie Yow targeted Keatts early in her search, and it's clear he became a prime target. It looks like a good fit for both Keatts and the school. This seems like the exact right time for Keatts to make the next big step in his career. Amazingly, he has gone from prep school coach to an ACC sideline in the course of six seasons. Talented coach. He'll be ready for the challenge.
Keatts spent three seasons as an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville Cardinals , then turned around the UNC Wilmington program the last three seasons. He won 72 games at UNCW and made the past two NCAA Tournaments. His teams lost in the Big Dance to ACC coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Tony Bennett. Now he joins their league.
Out: Cuonzo Martin
Martin spent three years with the Golden Bears before leaving for Missouri Tigers . He went to the 2016 NCAA Tournament and lost as a No. 4 seed in the first round. Martin has held three previous positions as head coach, spending three years at all three schools ( Missouri State Bears , Tennessee Volunteers , Cal). He has made two NCAA Tournaments in nine years, highlighted by a Sweet 16 appearance with Tennessee in 2014.
In: Wyking Jones
In a surprising move, Cal's administration opted to promote Martin's assistant to the full-time position. Jones has previously worked under Rick Pitino, and was on staff with the Cardinals' 2012-13 title-winning team. The move was likely made as a money-saving play, as Cal was unable to lure other, higher-profile candidates and/or able to pay them a big-time salary. The school has been battling debt issues in recent years.
Out: Kim Anderson
The Tigers fired Kim Anderson after three seasons in which the program was not competitive in the SEC. Anderson had a three-year run that resulted in a 27-68 mark. Missouri's gig is interesting because the fan base is passionate, but its overall standing in the universe of college basketball is unknown. Now in the SEC, the hope is that this can be a top-five job in that league.
In: Cuonzo Martin
Martin signed a seven-year deal. He grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, just over the Missouri border. It's approximately two hours from Missouri's campus. Martin brings with him a reputation as an exceptional recruiter. This could include a move that would change the dynamic of the SEC next year. Martin hired Michael Porter Sr., who worked at Washington with Lorenzo Romar, and lured his son,, to Missouri. Porter Jr. is the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2017. Those details are still in flux.
Martin will be the fourth coach in eight season at Mizzou. Missouri is considered one of the best programs to never make a Final Four. Since 2004, the school had made the NCAAs five times. Martin has made one Sweet 16 and has three NCAA Tournament wins to his name.
Out: Archie Miller
Dayton is a top-40 job nationally and a top-two job in the Atlantic 10. That fan base supports the team loyally. They will forever appreciate what Miller did in his six seasons at UD.
In: Anthony Grant
Grant is an alum and the type of guy with head coaching experience that Dayton administrators were looking for. He carries a 193-110 career record. He made one tournament in six seasons at Alabama. In three years at VCU, he made two NCAA Tournaments. He has never made a Sweet 16. All things considered, Grant is a solid hire. The roster is a rebuild next season. I had multiple coaches tell me the Flyers will struggle to be an NIT team.
Out: Derek Kellogg
The state's highest-paid employee was paid to leave, as Kellogg is out after nine seasons with the Minutemen. He took the program to the NCAAs in 2014 as a No. 6 seed but did not win a game there. Massachusetts Minutemen hired Pat Kelsey away from Winthrop Eagles , only to have after signing a contract.
In: Matt McCall
The Minutemen passed on other older/just-as-qualified candidates to go young with McCall, who is not from the area and will have to win over some skeptics. He's certainly right to take the job and could well end up being the home run get, but Chattanooga did underachieve this past season under McCall. Next season will be a challenge, but McCall has the capability to get UMass to the tournament by year No. 3.
Out: Mike Lonergan
Lonergan was fired in September after an independent investigation found cause for his termination. The investigation centered on multiple claims of verbal abuse toward some of his players in addition to subversive comments allegedly made by Lonergan about his former athletic director. Lonergan, through his lawyer, denied the claims and challenged the validity of the university's decision.
In: Maurice Joseph
Joseph was the in-house assistant chosen to be interim coach after Lonergan's firing. Now he has coached his way to the permanent spot. The Colonials went 19-14 but missed out on an NIT invite. GW finished its season 6-1 down the stretch, before CBI play. Joseph, 31, is keeping his entire staff on.
Out: Orlando Antigua
USF took a flier on Kentucky Wildcats assistant Orlando Antigua, who was a tremendous recruiter under John Calipari but had never held a head-coaching post. Antigua was fired Jan. 3 amid an NCAA investigation regarding possible academic fraud within the program. That investigation began last summer. Antigua went 23-55.
In: Brian Gregory
Sources told CBS Sports' Gary Parrish that South Florida Bulls athletic director Mark Harland viewed Gregory as a good candidate -- after former Akron/current Duquesne Keith Dambrot reportedly passed on the job -- because of his lengthy experience. Gregory has been a head coach for 13 years, previously at Dayton and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets . South Florida's previous attempt to hire a coach, three years ago, failed miserably. First, the school was set to hire Manhattan's Steve Masiello, but inaccurate information on his rÃ©sumÃ© (regarding having acquired a college degree) led the school to backtrack.
Gregory took Dayton to the NCAA Tournament twice in his eight years there, then went o-fer in five seasons at Georgia Tech. He was fired in 2016. Gregory takes the job after working as a special assistant for Tom Izzo at Michigan State Spartans .
Out: Tony Benford
Benford was fired after five seasons, none of them ending above .500. North Texas Mean Green went 8-22 this season, the lowest win total for the Mean Green since 2002-03.
In: Grant McCasland
McCasland gets the job after one season at Arkansas State Red Wolves wherein he went 20-12. North Texas nearly doubled McCasland's salary, and he made the move because most of his family lives less than an hour from Denton, Texas. For business and personal reasons, it's an ideal career step for McCasland, who's a promising young coach.
Out: Will Wade
pastWith Wade bolting on the Rams, the program will again prove its worth with another coach, and a good one. For Wade, some wonder if he'll have as much success at LSU as he did with Chattanooga and VCU.
In: Mike Rhoades
A great hire. He did a good job with Rice Owls , getting the Owls to 23 wins this past season. VCU was able to quickly get a deal done. Rhoades was previously a top assistant under Shaka Smart. It has been a good week for the Smart coaching tree. Rhoades makes the most sense to succeed Wade. Before joining the D-I ranks, he spent 13 years on the bench in Virginia at D-III's Randolph Macon.
Out: Keith Dambrot
The Zips lose a great coach at the mid-major level and now need to bring in someone who can keep the program atop the MAC.
In: John Groce
Groce could be heading back to his sweet spot. He did well at Ohio, getting that program to multiple NCAA Tournaments. I thought he should have gotten another year at Illinois, but with that not happening, he gets the best possible option for him (with Dayton off the table) among open jobs this spring. I would be willing to bet he has Akron in the NCAAs within the next three years.
Out: Kevin Keatts
This is a top-four job in the CAA and should draw from a good candidate pool of higher-major assistant coaches. AD Jimmy Bass will be working on his third hire since he took the job in 2010. If there is no roster turnover due to transfers out of the program, Wilmington will have a chance at 20 wins again next season.
In: C.B. McGrath
McGrath has the distinction of taking this job after winning a national title. He officially began the job the day after UNC won it all. Wilmington lost Keatts but might be able to stay as a top-three team in its conference with McGrath coming over from Chapel Hill. He spent the past 14 years as an assistant for Roy Williams.
Out: Paul Weir
A bad look for NMSU powers-that-be, as they could not keep Weir from leaving to go coach the New Mexico Lobos. Weir gets a big money upgrade and solid league promotion as well. This is the best job in the WAC now, but hiring the right coach will b critical.
In: Chris Jans
Jans gets his second chance. He coached Bowling Green in 2014-15, then was infamously fired after an inappropriate incident with a woman at a bar. Jans spent the past two years as a special assistant at Wichita State, and was planning to be on board with the Shockers next season, but got involved in the NMSU search and stood out because of his age and the fact that he was the only former head coach who interviewed for the job. Jans, and the school, need to be prepared for a forward-facing PR approach on this, because many will question the hire.
Out: Jack Perri
The most regrettable decision made by any administration in this year's coaching carousel. Perri, who carries a good reputation, just won 20 games and finished second in his conference. Sources told CBS Sports that the move came from powers above the athletic department. That makes sense, because no AD worth their salt would fire a coach with a team as good as Perri had built at the low-major level. Perri should get another opportunity in the next year.
In: Derek Kellogg
There will be no year away or assistant's gig for Kellogg, who moves from Amherst to Brooklyn. He'll likely thrive there, as he's built for the northeast, should be able to recruit well and could keep the momentum going that was humming this past season under Perri.
Out/In: Pat Kelsey
What a saga. Kelseyafter initially being lured away to coach UMass. He just took to this season's team to the Big Dance thanks to a 26-7 record. Kelsey has a 102-59 career record.
Out: Mike Rhoades
Rice has not made the NCAA Tournament since 1970. It is a challenging job but a great school/campus. As one coach put it to me over text: "They have Ivy League admission standards in a JUCO league. MTSU, WKU, UAB Blazers , UTEP all can get ANYONE in school. It's an extremely hard job." The hire has to be just right. If Marcus Evans stays, Rice has a chance at flirting with winning the auto bid next season.
In: Scott Pera
Pera was elevated to head coach, as he was associate head coach under Rhoades. This is probably the best move Rice could have made. The program has a great opportunity to remain stable after losing Rhoades, and Pera has the full support of the guys on that team.
"This is a special day for me," Pera said. "My route is a little bit different than a lot of people's. Obviously, I spent 11 years as a head high school coach. I've worked at some great institutions and for this to culminate here at Rice University is literally a dream come true. I couldn't be happier. My family loves the Houston Cougars area and loves this university. We're just all very thrilled."
Out: Tyler Geving
The Vikings ended their relationship with Tyler Geving after eight seasons. He averaged 14 wins per season. Portland State Vikings is looking for a return to the top of the Big Sky. The program made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and '09 with .
In: Barret Peery
Peery, 46, was the associate head coach at Santa Clara under Herb Sendek. He's also workd as an assistant at Utah and Arizona State. He'll have a rebuild ahead, as PSU loses five seniors from last season's team.
Out: Sean Woods
Woods' behavior cost him his job. Woods resigned in December amid an investigation into his allegedly physical behavior -- multiple incidents -- with current players on the team. This is one of the three or four best jobs in the Ohio Valley Conference.
In: Preston Spradlin
Spradlin ran the team after Woods departed. He's the 14th coach in
Morehead State Eagles
history. He's from Kentucky, previously worked as grad assistant and ops guy for John Calipari and it's a hire that makes sense. He led the program to a 12-8 record from Dec. 19 on, after a rough start and uncertainty with the Woods situation. Spradlin was named interim coach on Dec. 15. At 30 years old, he's now the youngest coach in Division I.
Out: Jim Ferry
Duquesne is a very hard job, and Ferry was unable to get the team into the top half of the league in his five seasons in Pittsburgh Panthers , averaging 12 wins per season. Duquesne has not made the NCAAs since 1977.
In: Keith Dambrot
The Duquesne search was a mess, as at least four candidates with a chance at the job turned it down. But in the end, the Dukes get a solid hire done. Dambrot, who famously coached LeBron James in high school, has long since built his reputation off his college doings. At Akron he won at least 19 games very season and went to the NCAAs thrice. To lure him away from one of the best programs in the MAC, Duquesne had to place a seven-year deal on the table for Dambrot.
Out: Matt McCall
McCall landed the UMass job after two seasons with the Mocs. The program now has its fourth coach in six seasons.
In: Lamont Paris
Wisconsin loses its pivotal assistant, and it's a gain for the Mocs. Paris had been on UW's bench since 2010.
"We are fortunate to get an elite-level person and coach in Lamont," athletic director David Blackburn said. "It was a fast, thorough process. It was important to get someone before the signing period starts on April 12. This was not a hasty decision, rather it was a decisive one. Our staff has followed Lamont's progression over the last several years. We are excited he has chosen to join us."
Out: Grant McCasland
The school finds itself in need of a coaching hire sooner than expected, as McCasland spent only one good season there before being lured away by North Texas.
In: Mike Balado
Balado comes over from Louisville, where he is currently an assistant. He's been on Rick Pitino's staff for four seasons. He'll stay on staff with the Cardinals until that team's tournament run is through, and then head to Jonesboro.
Out: John Cooper
Cooper never got it going, as he averaged 12 wins per season in five years with the program. This is a school with potential. The league isn't what it was 10, especially 20 years ago, but it's still capable -- with the right coaches and without a rash of transfers -- to make the MAC a two-bid league again. It needs schools like Miami University to be better.
In: Jack Owens
Owens arrives via Purdue, where he spent the past nine years under Matt Painter. While on staff, Purdue averaged 23 wins per season and just made the Sweet 16. He's well known for his player development, most recently turning Caleb Swanigan into a First Team All-American.
Out: Gary Waters
The Vikings had Waters run the program for 11 seasons, making the NCAAs in 2009. The past two years, CSU had nine-win campaigns. From this program to Miami University to Youngstown State Penguins , the state of Ohio will have a influx of new coaches this spring.
In: Dennis Felton
Felton is a veteran in the coaching world, having spent more than 30 years on the bench and previously was at Georgia Bulldogs (2003-09) and Western Kentucky (1998-2003). Most recently, he was an assistant for Frank Haith at Tulsa.
Out: Ray Giacoletti
Drake Bulldogs is the toughest job in the Missouri Valley. Giacoletti abruptly resigned in early December. The program has gone to the NCAA Tournament four times. It was won the Missouri Valley regular-season title once since 1971.
In: Niko Medved
The 43-year-old Medvedrecently, this after winning SoCon Coach of the Year. He came close to getting Furman to its first NCAA Tournament showing in almost four decades. Now he heads to Iowa to try and revive a dormant program. This is a rebuild, no question about it. Drake had to bring a lot to the table to convince Medved to leave, but it's a great hire after a shaky search process for that athletic department.
Out: Tom Moore
Moore cut his teeth as an assistant under Jim Calhoun at Connecticut Huskies . At Quinnipiac Bobcats , he often had good talent but seldom was able to turn that into March success. The Bobcats won at least 11 league games four times under Moore but never made the NCAA Tournament. QU could be a highly coveted low-major job, as the school is reportedly prepared to pay as much as $800,000 per year if it can land its dream target.
In: Baker Dunleavy
This now makes two Dunleavys coaching in college basketball. Baker's father, Mike, is at Tulane. Quinnipiac did a fine job here. Dunleavy, 34, who was an assistant for Jay Wright at Villanova, has great potential. This is nothing against QU, but I could absolutely see a situation where Dunleavy gets the program to its first NCAA Tournament in history (at the D-I level) within the next four years, then catapults to a bigger job. Gotta do that first, though.
Out: Niko Medved
Medved, 43, leaves after four years in Greenville, South Carolina, to take the Drake job. Medved improved the program every season he was there, going from nine to 11 to 19 to 23 wins. The Paladins haven't made the NCAAs since 1980.
In: Bob Richey
Promoted to the job in the wake of Medved leaving. Richey has been a part of the Furman program since 2011. This gives the team a solid chance at keeping guys on the roster and being top-four in the league next year. Richey is 33, and now one of the youngest head coaches in basketball.
Out: Bob Williams
Williams was with Santa Barbara Gauchos for 19 years, and made the NCAAs in 2002, '10 and '11. His contract expires in August and he and the school agreed to part ways. From a location standpoint, this is one of the best mid-major jobs in the country.
In: Joe Pasternack
Pasternack was the associate head coach at Arizona the past four years. He coached at New Orleans from 2007-11, and worked as an assistant at California from 2000-07 before that. Pasternack helped Sean Miller keep Arizona as a top-10 program over the past five seasons.
Out: Willie Hayes
Hayes spent six seasons in the SWAC, never getting above .500. This year, Alabama A&M went 2-27 and ranked as the worst team in college basketball, per KenPom.com's metrics. The program last made the tournament in 2005.
In: Donnie Marsh
Marsh has not run a program since 2004, when he departed from Florida International. But he knows the league, having served under Mike Davis at Texas Southern three of the past four seasons.
Out: Dave Loos
After almost 30 years on the sidelines at Austin Peay Governors , Loos retired amid a battle with cancer. The Governors made the 2016 NCAA Tournament, and Loos took the program dancing four times. He finishes with 402 victories at the school.
In: Matt Figger
The former South Carolina assistant had been with Frank Martin for a decade. Austin Peay has a new coach for the first time in an epoch. The Generals are hoping Figger can succeed the way that former Martin assistant Brad Underwood did at Stephen F. Austin.
Out: Jerry Slocum
The Penguins haven't made the NCAA Tournament in their history. Slocum spent 12 years with the program but never won more than 18 games. This season, Youngstown State went 13-21. The program should seek to hire an elite assistant who knows the Midwest well and can recruit.
In: Jerrod Calhoun
Calhoun just got to the D-II title game with Fairmont State. He was there the past five seasons, going 124-38. Prior to that, he worked under Bob Huggins at West Virginia and Cincinnati.
Out: Cameron Dollar
Dollar, who starred at UCLA Bruins back in the day, was Seattle's coach through its transition to Division I. The program is in the WAC. The Redhawks went 13-17 this past season. Dollar finished above .500 once in the previous seven seasons.
In: Jim Hayford
Hayford is one of the most experienced men -- as a head coach -- to be hired during this year's carousel. He has 18 years behind him leading different programs, most recently at Eastern Washington. He's also coached at D-III Whitworth and Sioux Falls at the NAIA level. He coached Eastern Washington to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. That team had an NBA pick on it, Tyler Harvey.
Out: Scott Sutton
A surprising late firing, as Sutton was let go on April 10, a date well after when mid- and low-major coaches normally get handed pink slips. Sutton's team went 8-22 this past season, but it was just the first single-digit-win season in Sutton's 18 on the job, and he is now out despite being the all-time winningest coach in program history (328 victories). Sutton took the team to the NCAAs in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In: Paul Mills
ORU taps a Baylor assistant. Mills is a solid culture fit for the program, and he's familiar with the region as is. Sutton caught a raw deal, but in replacing him, the school seemingly did a solid job.
Out: Byron Samuels
Florida A&M announced its coaching change after Samuels won 16 games in three seasons. The program has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2007. The Rattlers went 6-23 this season.
In: Robert McCullum
The school introduced McCullum, 62, on May 16. He has been a head coach previously at South Florida and Western Michigan, with an 84-121 record to his name.
Out: Gravelle Craig
Craig spent six seasons with the program but did not make an NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats finished 10-22 this past season. This MEAC program has been in Division I for more than 30 years but has yet to reach the NCAA Tournament.
In: Ryan Ridder
Ridder arrives after spending the past four years at Daytona State College. Bethune-Cookman is right there in the area, in Daytona Beach. The move could be a huge one for a school dying to get to the tournament. Ridder appears to be a bright young coach with the enthusiasm needed to turn things around.
Out: Shawn Walker
An oddity, as Grambling Tigers parted ways with Walker after the school went 15-17 this season, a nine-win improvement from the previous season. In fact, this was the most successful season for the Tigers in 19 years.
In: Donte Jackson
Jackson gets the gig after coming over from Stillman College, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He is tasked with what's viewed as one of the toughest jobs in college hoops.
Out: Michael Grant
Coppin State has made a changes after three years with Grant, who won 25 gams in his time there. The Eagles last made the tournament in 2008.
In: Juan Dixon
Dixon is certainly as big of a name hire as any low-major school could get. He's 38 and spent three seasons, from 2013-16, as a special assistant at Maryland, his alma mater. Last season, Dixon coached women's basketball at the University of the District of Columbia. The team went 3-25.
Out: Gregg Nibbert
Nibbert is resigning after one of the longest tenures in college basketball. Presbyterian has been D-I for a decade, but Nibbert has been at the school since 1989. The program, which won just five gamest his past season, has never finished .500 or better since transitioning to D-I.
In: Dustin Kerns
The Blue Hose make a solid hire with a promising young coach in Kerns. He was the associate head coach at Wofford in recent years and helped that program to two NCAA Tournaments in the past four seasons.
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