Even before the end of the 2010-2011 college basketball season, the coaching carousel began to spin. For 136 days, coaching staffs were shuffled, people were hired, fired, let go, and given promotions.
If you are interested in how the coaching carousel really works, I suggest you read the following posts, which detail the ebbs and flows of the head coaching cycle. 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? The following posts will explain how these coaching moves caused other moves to happen.
Six Degrees of a Coaching Change: Part 1
Six Degrees of a Coaching Change: Part 2
Six Degrees of a Coaching Change: Part 3
Six Degrees of a Coaching Change: Part 4
Six Degrees of a Coaching Change: Part 5
But for those of you who just want to see a list of all the different coaching hires, fires, changes, promotions and resignations, the following list is for you. We documented every major head or assistant coaching change that occurred this off-season, and are presenting it to you in timeline-form.
(Some Reminders: Selection Sunday was March 13th, the National Championship Game was held on Monday, April 4th. The NBA Draft was held on Thursday, June 23rd)
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.
February 27th: This was a bad day to be a mediocre head basketball coach. Georgia State's Rod Barnes got the axe before he even had a chance to lead his team into the CAA Tournament (although it may have worked in his favor, but more on that later). Dave Calloway was forced out at Monmouth after yet another disappointing season at the New Jersey school, amassing all of 48 wins the past five seasons. At Stetson, Derek Waugh ran into the same issue that Calloway did. Despite winning by double digits at Wake Forest this past season, Waugh was a casualty of another disappointing season.
March 3rd: Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dave Balza got reassigned, taking over as the executive director of the Eagles' Club. Balza wasn't technically fired, as he will work through the remainder of his contract, but he won't be doing it as FGCU's basketball coach.
March 7th: The bloodiest day in the 2011 coaching carousel, five head coaches lost their job on March 7th of this year. Pat Knight got the axe at Texas Tech after another disappointing season and Jim Les lost his job at Bradley, although both of them will be coaching next season (more on that later). After losing 19 straight to close out a four win season, Pat Kennedy was relieved of his duties at Towson. Poor academic performance and not an 8-23 record did in Tony Ingle at Kennesaw State. And finally, Kirk Earlywine's contract was not renewed by Eastern Washington.
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: Marty Wilson, who was the associate head coach with the Waves under Asbury, was promoted to head coach at Pepperdine. Wilson is an alum and a nine-year member of the staff.
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.
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.
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.
March 19th: After 25 years at the helm of Alabama A&M, Vann Pettaway's tenure had finally run its course. The Bulldogs had posted losing records the past five seasons, missed the SWAC Tournament once and lost in the first round the other four years. Three of those first rounds losses came to rival Alabama State.
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.
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.
March 22nd: Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl, who had had his head on the chopping block for an entire season, finally had the guillotine drop. Ironically enough, the final straw didn't have to do with the investigation surrounding Pearl's lies to the NCAA regarding the barbecue with Aaron Craft, but a violation that he committed after he had been given a penalty by Tennessee.
March 22nd: To replace Keno Davis, Providence kept it in the Northeast by hiring Fairfield head coach Ed Cooley. Cooley spent five years as the head coach at Fairfield.
March 23rd: After spending ten years in the Michigan State program -- the last four as associate head coach -- Mark Montgomery finally got a chance to be a head coaching, taking over for Ricardo Patton at Northern Illinois. He is the eighth Izzo assistant to get a head coaching gig.
March 23rd: Two coaches lost their jobs on the 23rd. The first was Mike Sutton, who spent nine years as the head coach at Tennessee Tech. Sutton wasn't fired. He retired, in part, due to his continuing battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The other, Kerry Rupp, was fired after a last place finish in his fourth season at Louisiana Tech.
March 23rd: Tennessee Tech didn't have to go to far to replace Sutton. Steve Payne, who had spent the past nine seasons as the associate head coach, was promoted to head coach.
March 23rd: After quite a bit of speculation and even more disinformation relayed by both parties, Arkansas finally settled on Missouri head coach Mike Anderson as a replacement for John Pelphrey. The move makes sense. Anderson was a long time assistant under Nolan Richardson at Arkansas and runs the system that Richardson made famous with the Hogs.
March 24th: New head coach Marty Wilson named two new members of his coaching staff: Mark Amaral would be taking over the role of associate head coach -- the position that was vacated with Wilson's promotion -- and Bryant Moore would be joining the staff as an assistant coach.
March 25th: Willis Wilson left his gig as an assistant to Josh Pastner at Memphis to take over for Perry Clark. Wilson has been a head coach before, spending 16 years in that role at Rice University.
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.
March 27th: Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton made a surprising hire, plucking Cuonzo Martin from Missouri State. Martin had been the head coach with the Bears for three seasons, where he took them from 3-15 in the MVC to the top of the conference this past season.
March 27th: With interest rising in Chris Mooney, Richmond opened up their pocket books for the coach that has taken the Spider program to the top of the Atlantic 10. Mooney was given a 10 year deal that will keep him in Richmond until 2021.
March 28th: Luther Riley was hired out of the high school ranks to replace Larry Smith as head coach of the Alcorn State Braves.
March 28th: With Oklahoma's growing interest in Buzz Williams, Marquette locked up their head coach with a new seven year deal that has a very high buyout.
March 28th: Georgia Tech had their options for a replacement limited due to the amount of money that they have to pay Hewitt over the next five years, but they were still able to make a pretty good hire in Dayton's Brian Gregory.
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.
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.
March 30th: Kerry Rupp was replaced at Louisiana Tech with Michael White. White, who was once a point guard at Ole Miss, had spent the past five seasons as Andy Kennedy's top assistant with the Rebels.
March 30th: After eight seasons at the helm of UC-Davis -- in which he led the Aggies from D-II to D-I -- Gary Stewart stepped down to pursue administrative duties in the school's athletic department. For the second time in three years, UC-Davis didn't qualify for the Big West tournament.
March 30th: Missouri showed heavy interest in Purdue's Matt Painter. After a number of days on the fence -- and a number of reports claiming that Painter had made a decision, with some convinced he was staying and others convinced he was leaving -- Painter finally agreed to remain in West Lafayette with a longer, more lucrative, contract.
March 30th: After Keith Brown didn't have his contract renewed at Cal St. Bakersfield, the newly D-I program -- '10'11 was their first year as a fully D-I independent -- hired Rod Barnes as their head coach. Yes, that's the same Rod Barnes that was fired from his head coaching position at Georgia State just eight days before Brown lost his job.
March 31st: Andy Enfield was named new head coach at Florida Gulf Coast. 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.
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 1st: To replace Cuonzo Martin, who was hired away by Tennessee, Missouri State once again tapped into the Purdue pipeline, hiring Boilermaker assistant Paul Lusk. Lusk accepted the job just two days after Matt Painter turned down the head coaching job at Missouri.
April 1st: Lon Kruger finally gave into Oklahoma's advances, accepting a seven year, $16 million contract from the Sooners. Kruger had turned down offers from Arizona, Oregon, and USC in the past, but due to the current financial state of the Nevada school system -- meaning no raise for Kruger -- and the money that the Sooners put on the table, the former UNLV head coach had no choice but to accept the offer.
April 2nd: Southern announced that they were firing their head coach Rob Spivery. The decision was made on March 18th. After leading the Jaguars to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 in his first season, Spivery's teams never found the same success. He went 4-26 this past season.
April 2nd: Dayton hired one of the most promising young assistant coaches in the country as they landed Arizona assistant coach Archie Miller. Miller is the younger brother of Arizona head coach Sean Miller.
April 3rd: Utah ended their search for a head coach by signing Larry Krystkowiak to a five-year contract. Krystkowiak spent last season as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets.
April 4th: After leading VCU to the Final Four, the Rams inked Shaka Smart to an eight year deal with $1.2 million annually. Its unclear how much interest Smart had in NC State, but the interest that programs like North Carolina State had in Smart was a large factor in the extension he received.
April 4th: With the job opening at NC State, Cincinnati decided to lock up the man that had built their program back to relevance by signing an extension with Mick Cronin.
April 4th: Missouri was able to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on Purdue's Matt Painter pretty quickly, as they were able to sign Frank Haith away from Miami. Haith is a bit of a surprise hire
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 5th: New head coach Mark Montgomery announced his coaching staff at Northern Illinois. He hired former Dayton assistant Jon Borovich, who lost his job when Brian Gregory went to Georgia Tech, and Lou Dawkins, a head coach at a Saginaw, MI, high school. Montgomery also retained Todd Townsend, who will enter into his fourth season as a Husky assistant.
April 5th: NC State AD Debbie Yow finally landed a head coach as she pulled Mark Gottfried out of the ESPN studios. Gottfried's last job was with Alabama, where he was fired in 2008 after 11 seasons at the helm.
April 5th: Paul Lusk's first hire with the Missouri State was Patrick Baldwin, who had previously spent the past seven seasons on the staff of Jim Whitesell at Loyola-Chicago. Whitesell lost his job back in March.
April 5th: To replace Jim Whitesell, Loyola (Il) stretched their arms down to St. Louis, where they hired Porter Moser, who had spent the past four seasons on Rick Majerus' staff. The last three he was the associate head coach.
April 5th: Due to a number of high-major job openings (including Missouri), VCU was forced to open up their wallets to keep Shaka Smart around. The 33 year old, who led the Rams to the 2011 Final Four, got an eight-year, $1.2 million annual contract. His salary more than doubled Jim Larranaga's at George Mason, who led the Patriots to the 2006 Final Four.
April 5th: To replace Ed Cooley, who left for Providence, Fairfield dipped their hands into the Ivy League, hiring Sydney Johnson away from Princeton. Johnson got the job after leading the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004.
April 5th: Larry Shyatt's first move as Wyoming 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 6th: Mark Gottfried didn't waste any time building his new coaching staff a North Carolina State, hiring Orlando Early, who was an assistant with Gottfried at Alabama. He most recently was on Darrin Horn's staff at South Carolina.
April 6th: Ron Senderoff, who spent the past seven years as an assistant coach under Geno Ford at Kent State, was promoted to head coach. Ford left Kent State to take the head coaching job at Bradley.
April 6th: Paul Lusk's second hire with Missouri State was Kyle Smithpeters, who spent the past four seasons at a JuCo in Illinois. Lusk kept Steve Woodberry on the staff as well.
April 6th: Charles Ramsey got the axe from Eastern Michigan after six seasons at the helm. His record was 68-118 in those six seasons, with his best year coming in 2009-2010. EMU was 9-22 last season, 5-11 in the MAC.
April 6th: Pat Knight didn't even have to leave the state of Texas after getting fired by Texas Tech, as he was hired to replace Steve Roccaforte at Lamar.
April 6th: Mike Anderson announced that he would be bringing the staff he had at Missouri to Arkansas. Melvin Watkins will be his associate head coach while TJ Cleveland and Matt Zimmerman are assistants.
April 7th: Fresno State made a quality hire as their head coach by tapping into the Rick Barnes' pipeline and hiring Rodney Terry to lead their program. Terry had spent the previous nine seasons with the Longhorns.
April 8th: Mark Gottfried's second hire with North Carolina State is a name that many North Carolina residents will be familiar with -- he hired former Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz, who spent last season at Iowa State.
April 8th: Porter Moser's first hire with the Loyola (IL) was Rodell Davis, who spent last season as an assistant at Providence on the staff of Keno Davis.
April 10th: Dave Rice, who played on Jerry Tarkanian's Final Four teams at UNLV, was hired to replace Kruger. Rice had spent the past six seasons on the staff of Dave Rose at BYU.
April 10th: After failing to agree on a contract with LIU's Jim Ferry, Manhattan reeled in Steve Masiello, a New York native, from his post as associate head coach under Rick Pitino at Louisville.
April 11th: Andy Kennedy had to rebuild his staff this off-season. The first changes came on the 11th. Al Pinkins was hired away from Middle Tennessee State while Bill Armstrong was promoted to assistant coach from director of basketball operations.
April 12th: To replace Larry Shyatt, who left for Wyoming -- 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 12th: Will Clyburn, Utah's leading scorer and rebounder last season, was one of eight players to transfer out of the program once Larry Krystkowiak was hired. Clyburn decided to transfer to Iowa State.
April 12th: Rick Pitino filled the void left by Masiello by bringing his son, Richard Pitino, back into the program as the associate head coach and, potentially, as a coach-in-waiting for the Cardinals. Richard had been an assistant under Billy Donovan, a Rick Pitino disciple, at Florida. The younger Pitino's decision to return to Louisville opened up a spot on Donovan's staff for Norm Roberts and John Pelphrey.
April 12th: Harvard's Tommy Amaker became a top target for the Hurricanes, but after discussions with the University, Amaker opted to remain the head coach of the Crimson, who will be the heavy favorite to win the Ivy next season.
April 12th: Otto Porter, a Missouri native and one of the best recruits still available, decided to spurn his hometown Tigers, who he was rumored to be favoring, when Haith was hired. Porter ended up at Georgetown.
April 12th: Frank Haith, responding to a text message from a reporter about Porter, was quoted on record discussing a recruit that had not signed with Missouri, a secondary violation.
April 13th: In an effort to ramp up his recruiting, Haith brought in Louisville assistant coach Tim Fuller. Fuller, who has deep connections in North Carolina and is close with 2012 uber-recruit Rodney Purvis, has been close with Haith since Haith was an assistant on the Wake Forest team Fuller was a member of.
April 13th: Steve Masiello's first move as the head coach at Manhattan was to keep Scott Padgett, his former teammate at Kentucky, on as an assistant. After that, he hired Matt Grady to be his associate head coach. Grady was previously at Morehead State in the same position.
April 13th: Michael White announced his staff at Louisiana Tech, but only made one new hire. While Dusty May and Derrick Jones were kept on as assistant coaches, Isaac Brown was hired as an assistant coach from Arkansas State, where he was the associate head coach.
April 13th: Pat Knight made his first two hires at Lamar. He pulled Kenton Paulino, a former Texas player, from UT where he spent the past three seasons as a special assistant. The second coach was Clif Carroll, who was at Collin College previously.
April 14th: Mark Gottfried's final hire with the Wolfpack was Rob Hoxley. Hoxley has worked with Lutz multiple times during his career, but spent last season as an assistant with Middle Tennessee State.
April 14th: Frank Haith hires Ernie Nestor as the second member of his staffat Missouri. He and Nestor had spent time together on Dave Odom's staff at Wake Forest. Nestor was the director of basketball operations at Penn State last season and has been a head coach at George Mason and Elon.
April 15th: Haith's final hire at Missouri is Isaac Chew, who spent the past four seasons at Murray State. Chew is a big-time pick-up for Haith as he spent a number of years as a coach for Kansas City Pump-n-Run Elite, one of the best AAU programs in the area. Ironically, neither Chew or Nestor were replaced at their previous jobs due to changes in the coaching regime at both schools.
April 15th: Rob 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.
April 15th: Kevin Stallings didn't wait long to replace Rice on his staff at Vanderbilt, 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.
April 15th: Al Pinkins was replaced on Middle Tennessee State's staff by Monte Towe. He was previously the associate head coach at NC State.
April 15th: Dave Rice's first hire at UNLV was grabbing Justin Hutson as his associate head coach. Hutson spent the previous five seasons in the same role at San Diego State.
April 15th: To replace Bobby Lutz, who Iowa State to join Mark Gottfried at NC-State, Fred Hoiberg hired Cornell Mann, who most recently was on Brian Gregory's staff at Dayton.
April 15th: Andy 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 Kevin Norris,UNC-W head coach Buzz Peterson hires Andre Gray from Western Carolina where he was their recruiting coordinator.
April 18th: Five days after Purdue assistant coach Mike Jackson resigned, stemming from a drinking and driving incident in February, Matt Painter hired Micah Shrewsberry away from Butler.
April 18th: Ed Cooley filled out his coaching staff, bringing two assistants from Fairfield with him to Providence. The one new hire that he made was Andre LaFleur as his associate head coach. LaFleur had previously been as assistant with the UConn Huskies. The opening on the UConn staff allowed former UConn assistant and Penn head coach Glen Miller to get a promotion to LaFleur's old job.
April 18th: New Loyola (IL) coach Porter Moser hired Armon Gates as an assistant coach. Gates is a Chicago native that spent the previous season with TCU.
April 18th: Larry Krystkowiak officially completed his coaching staff at Utah. On the 8th, he hired Tommy Connor, a Utah alum that spent the past 12 seasons as the head coach at Westminster College. On the 10th, DeMarlo Slocum was hired as an assistant coach after three years in the same position at Colorado State. And finally, on April 18th, Krystkowiak hired Andy Hill, who had spent the past seven seasons as an assistant at Montana, two of which were under Krystkowiak during his tenure with the Grizzlies.
April 18th: New Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt hired former Kentucky player Allen Edwards as the final member of his staff. Edwards spent last season at Western Kentucky.
April 19th: Jim Hayford announced his coaching staff at Eastern Washington. 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 19th: The replace Andy Enfield on his staff at Florida State, Leonard Hamilton hired former Nevada assistant coach Dennis Gates. This isn't his first stop in Tallahassee. Gates was a graduate assistant in 2004-2005.
April 19th: Jamie Dixon replaced Pat Skerry, who was only on his staff for one season before leaving for Towson, with Bill Barton, who spent the previous year at Marshall.
April 19th: Chris Walker was hired by Billy Gillispie as the associate head coach at Texas Tech. He left Villanova, where he had the same title, to take the job with the Red Raiders
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.
April 20th: Princeton replaced Sydney Johnson, who left for Fairfield, with his fellow Princeton alum and former teammate, Mitch Henderson. Henderson had been an assistant coach at Northwestern under Bill Carmody, who was his head coach in 1997 and 1998 with the Tigers.
April 20th: After spending the past six seasons as the head coach of IPFW, former Indiana high school legend Dane Fife replaced Mark Montgomery as an assistant on Tom Izzo's staff. It was a bit of a surprise, as Fife seemed destined to get a high-major position eventually. IPFW set a school record for wins in each of his six seasons.
April 20th: On the same day that Dane Fife announced his decision to leave IPFW, the school announced that Tony Jasick, who had spent the past six seasons as the associate head coach under Fife, would be taking over as the new head coach.
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.
April 21st: Rob Murphy, who was an assistant with Syracuse, replaced Charles Ramsey as the head coach at Eastern Michigan. Murphy spent six years as a coach in the Detroit Public School League.
April 22nd: Southern announced the hiring of Roman Banks, their new head coach. Banks had spent the previous eight years at Southeastern Louisiana, the last five of which were as the associate head coach.
April 22nd: Todd Howard, who had spent the past 10 seasons as the associate head coach under Ron Hunter at IUPUI, was named Hunter's successor
April 23rd: In a move that many thought to be shocking and, frankly, ill-advised, 61 year old Jim Larranaga agreed to leave George Mason and accept the head coaching position at Miami. There are a number of factors involved in his decision, but the fact that he didn't get along with his athletic director -- and that Shaka Smart got his raise -- was enough to drive him from a powerhouse mid-major to the bottom of the ACC.
April 25th: In a bit of a surprising move, new George Washington AD Patrick Nero fired Karl Hobbs. Hobbs had been at the helm of the Colonials for the past ten seasons. But after three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, GW has finished above .500 just twice in the past four seasons. Hobb's staff loses their job as well. The most interesting part of this isn't that Hobbs is out of a job, but that his assistant, Roland Houston, is. Why? Houston's nephew, Eric Copes, is a top 10 center in the class of 2011 and was committed to GW to play for his uncle.
April 25th: To replace Emmett Davis, who was fired in March, Colgate hired Matt Langel, a 32 year old who spent the past five seasons as an assistant on Fran Dunphy's staff at Temple. Langel was a 1,000 point scorer at Penn.
April 25th: Marty Gross was hired by Willis Wilson as an associate head coach at Texas A&M-CC after four seasons as an assistant at Wichita State.
April 26th: Dave Rice's second hire to his staff at UNLV was Heath Schroyer, who was fired as head coach at Wyoming back in February.
April 26th: Mark Gottfried lost one of the three prize freshmen that Sidney Lowe added in his final recruiting class at NC State as Ryan Harrow decided to transfer. Harrow eventually transferred to Kentucky.
April 26th: To replace Tim Fuller, who left to take a job at Missouri, Rick Pitino hired Wyking Jones away from New Mexico. Prior to working for the Lobos, Jones was the director of the Nike EYBL, which means that he has connections with Nike AAU teams all over the country. Duane Broussard was promoted from director of basketball operations to replace Jones at New Mexico.
April 26th: Rodney Terry made his first hire as Fresno State's head coach, landing former Miami assistant Michael Schwartz, who was out of a job when Frank Haith went to Missouri.
April 26th: The first hire that Pat Skerry made at Towson was his former colleague Kevin Clark. Clark and Skerry worked together as assistants at URI.
April 28th: Former-IUPUI head coach 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.
April 28th: Jim Larranaga announces that he will be bringing his coaching staff from George Mason -- Chris Caputo, Michael Huger, and Eric Konkol -- with him to Miami.
April 28th: Rod Barnes made two hires to his new staff at Cal-State Bakersfield. Jeff Conarroe came along with Barnes from Georgia State, where he was the director of basketball operations for the past four years. Kevin Missouri was hired as as assistant coach after spending the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at UAB.
April 28th: After hiring Kevin Kuwik away from Thad Matta's staff at Ohio State, new Dayton coach Archie Miller grabbed Allen Griffin off of Mo Cassara's staff at Hofstra. On the same day, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall replaced Chad Dollar, who left the Shockers to become an assistant at Georgia Tech, with Dana Ford.
April 28th: Jaden Uken, who was the director of basketball operations for Geno Ford at Kent State, followed him to Bradley where he was named an assistant coach.
April 29th: KT Turner completed Willis Wilson's staff at Texas A&M-CC after spending the past two seasons at Hutchinson Community College.
April 30th: George Mason reached back into the ACC, the league that snatched away Jim Larranaga, to hire their replacement. Paul Hewitt, who was fired as the head coach at Georgia Tech in March, got the job. Hewitt made a name for himself by turning Siena into a low-major powerhouse before taking the Yellow Jackets to the 2004 Final Four.
May 2nd: In a move many saw coming a mile away, Purvis de-committed from Louisville, where he was originally recruited by Tim Fuller. But Fuller left for Missouri, which was likely a huge reason for his de-comittment.
May 3rd: To replace David Cason on his staff at Tulsa, Doug Wojcik hired Emmett Davis as an assistant coach. Davis lost his job as the head coach at Colgate this spring. Cason left Tulsa in order to replace King Rice as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt
May 3rd: To replace Paul Lusk, who left to become the head coach at Missouri State, Matt Painter completed his staff by hiring Duquesne assistant coach Greg Gary. Gary was once a head coach at Centenary.
May 3rd: Pat Knight completed his staff with Joseph Price, who was an assistant at Morehead State prior to coming to Lamar.
May 3rd: To replace Marty Gross on his staff, Gregg Marshall hired Greg Heiar as an assistant. Heiar at spent time under WSU's associate head coach Chris Jans at Chipola Junior College before spending the past two seasons at Southern Miss. Gross left WSU to take the associate head coaching gig at Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi
May 5th: Mike Brown was the first hire by Rob Murphy as an assistant on the Eastern Michigan staff. He spent the past two years as an assistant on South Alabama.
May 5th: To replace Gary Stewart, who was fired at the end of the season, UC-Davis hired Jim Les, who lost his job as the head coach at Bradley in March. Part of the reason that Les was hired is that his son, Tyler, is a freshman at the school.
May 5th: In a move that shocked just about everyone, Gary Williams announced his retirement from the University of Maryland. There were a number of factors that went into Williams' decision -- his age, his recent marriage, Jordan Williams going pro -- but more than anything, he just appeared to be done coaching.
May 5th: With Jim Larranaga out and Paul Hewitt in, Luke Hancock, who was George Mason's tournament hero and their best returning player, asked for a release to look into a transfer.
May 5th: Clemon Johnson, a former player at Florida A&M, was hired to replace Harris. It will be quite a change for Johnson, who spent the past four seasons at Alaska-Fairbanks, where he compiled a 28-74 record.
May 5th: New head coach Brian Gregory completed his staff at Georgia Tech by officially hiring his longtime assistant at Dayton, Billy Schmidt. Former Wichita State assistant Chad Dollar and former DePaul director of basketball operations Josh Postorino were Gregory's other two hires.
May 6th: Hewitt hired Chris Kreidel, who had spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern. Kreidel was a member of Hewitt's staff from two seasons at Georgia Tech.
May 6th: To replace Micah Shrewsberry, who left to take an assistant job at Purdue, Brad Stevens hired Michael Lewis away from Loyola-Chicago, whose new head coach Porter Moser had hired to recruit Indiana.
May 7th: Maryland showed interest in Sean Miller, but the Arizona head coach was able to work his way into a contract extension with the Wildcats.
May 9th: To replace Chris Walker, who left to join Billy Gillespie at Texas Tech, 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. .
May 9th: It was a whirlwind couple of days for Maryland, but after swinging on missing on a couple of candidates, the Terps made a very good hire in Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. Turgeon had built the Aggies into a perennial contender in the Big 12.
May 9th: George Washington announced the hiring of Vermont head coach Mike Lonergan. Lonergan has deep DC ties, having spent his entire life in the area with the exception of his six years with the Catamounts.
May 9th: Rodney Terry made his most interesting hire as head coach of Fresno State, inking former DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright. Terry had worked as an assistant for Wainwright at UNC-Wilmington.
May 9th: To replace Greg Heiar, who left for Missouri State, Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Eustachy reached into the JuCo ranks and hired former Midland JC head coach Ross Hodge.
May 10th: Montana hired Jonathon Metzger-Jones away from UC-Santa Barbara to replace the departed Andy Hill as an assistant coach.
May 10th: Rodney Terry's final hire as new head coach of Fresno State was Byron Jones, who spent last season as an assistant at Winston-Salem State.
May 11th: Lewis Preston's first hire at Kennesaw State was Jimmy Lallathin, who was promoted to assistant coach in 2010-2011 in his fourth year on the Miami-OH staff.
May 11th: Dave Rice hired his former teammate Stacey Augmon as an assistant at UNLV to complete his staff.
May 13th: Mitch Henderson officially announced he staff at Princeton. He retained Brian Earl, who has spent the past four seasons in the program, and brought in Marcus Jenkins, who spent the past four seasons as the director of basketball operations at Richmond. The third assistant is Craig Moore.
May 13th: Roland Houston is officially hired by Paul Hewitt at George Mason. On the same day, Copes is released from his letter of intent to George Washington.
May 13th: Andy Kennedy added former-Florida International coach Sergio Rouco to his staff at Ole Miss
May 13th: New head coach King 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.
May 13th: With the Texas A&;M job open, the Aggies looked into hiring Gregg Marshall from Wichita State. Marshall balked, and got an extension out of the Shockers.
May 14th: Luke Murray, the son of comedian Bill Murray and a former assistant at both Arizona and Wagner, was added to the Towson coaching staff by new head coach Pat Skerry.
May 15th:Texas A&M made a very good hire by snagging Billy Kennedy from Murray State. The Racers have a pretty solid reputation for churning out high-majors coaches.
May 16th: Maryland's new head coach Mark Turgeon hit a homerun with his first two assistant hirings. By pulling in Dalonte Hill and Bino Ransom, he locked up the DC (Hill) to Baltimore (Ransom) recruiting corridor.
May 16th: Former-Maryland signee Sterling Gibbs, who left the school after Gary Williams retired, committed to Texas.
May 16th: Mark Gottfried may have lost Ryan Harrow, but he added an even more important piece when he landed top 25 recruit and Raliegh native Torian Graham, a member of the class of 2012. The key to Gottfried's success at NC State is going to be recruiting in his backyard. Rodney Purvis, who de-committed from Louisville, and TJ Warren are both studs in the class of 2012 and considering the Wolfpack.
May 18th: Mark Turgeon completed his staff by hiring Scott Spinelli, his longtime assistant at Texas A&M.
May 18th: Mark Pope, who spent last season as an assistant coach on the Wake Forest staff, was gets the chance to replace Dave Rice as assistant coach at BYU
May 19th: Joe Pasternack, who was the head coach at New Orleans until the school decided to drop from D-I to D-III, replaced Archie Miller as an assistant at Arizona. Archie Miller left his brother's staff to take the head coaching gig at Dayton.
May 19th:Maryland assistant coaches Bino Ransom and Dalonte Hill made their first impact on the recruiting trail by convincing Baltimore native Nick Faust to remain committed to the Terps.
May 19th: Manhattan's new coach Steve Masiello completed his staff by hiring Rashon Burno, a former standout at DePaul who lost his job at Towson after one season when head coach Pat Kennedy was fired.
May 19th: Sydney Johnson announced his coaching staff at Fairfield. He brought Tony Newsom, who was on his staff at Princeton for the past four years, in as an associate head coach. He hired Brian Nash as an assistant after Nash took last season off. Completing his staff, Johnson retained Tyson Wheeler, the director of basketball operations under Cooley, as an assistant coach.
May 20th: To replace Mike Lonergan, who took the job at George Washington, Vermont promoted John Becker. Becker had spent five years in the UVM program, the past three as an assistant coach.
May 20th: John Becker held onto Matt O'Brien, but has yet to fill the rest of his staff at Vermont.
May 20th: Billy Kennedy's first hire at Texas A&M was Glynn Cyprien. Cyprien had spent the past two seasons as Josh Pastner's lead assistant at Memphis.
May 20th: Seth Greenberg's brother Brad Greenberg retired from his gig as the head coach at Radford a year after a scandal came to light involving improper benefits given to an ineligible player.
May 23rd: To replace Billy Kennedy, Murray State promoted assistant coach Steve Prohm.
May 23th: Tony Jasick completed his staff at IPFW by hiring Jon Coffman, who was previously the top assistant at Colgate.
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. It must say alot about the state of PSU hoops if the head coaching is willing to leave a Big-Ten program in favor of a mediocre Patriot League team.
May 24: Sam Kirby was hired by Cal Poly to replace Mark Amaral, who left for Pepperdine. Kirby spent last season at a small school in California.
May 25th: Steve Prohm's first hire at Murray State was William Small, who spent last season in the same position at UTEP. He got the job with the Miners because of his associated with Rashanti Harris, a four-star recruit that was never able to get eligible at UTEP.
May 26th: After 68 days without a head coach, Alabama A&M promoted Willie Hayes, who was an assistant with the program for 16 years, to head coach.
May 26th: Mike Lonergan made his first hire at George Washington, bringing Hajj Turner with him from Vermont to fill the role of associate head coach.
May 26th: To replace Orlando Early on his staff at South Carolina, Darrin Horn promoted Cypheus Bunton to the role of assistant while hiring Justin Phelps as director of basketball operations. Ealry left USC in order to become an assitant coach under Mark Gottfried at NC-State.
May 27th: Southern's new ehad coach Roman Banks hired Ryan Price, who was formerly an assistant at Arkansas-Fort Smith.
May 29th: Patt Skerry completed his new coaching staff at Towson by trying to ramp up his recruiting. His final hire was Kenny Johnson, who is affiliated with DC's Team Takeover AAU program.
June 1st: Surprisingly, Billy Gillispie hired Derrick Jasper as one of his graduate assistants at Texas Tech. 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 1st: Kevin Mondro was Rob Murphy's second hire at Eastern Michigan. Mondro lost his job at Loyola-Chicago when Jim Whitesell was fired.
June 1st: Kennesaw State coach Lewis Preston hired Mike Smith away from Jacksonville State. The two were teammates professionally in Finland.
June 2nd: With an opening on his staff at Hofstra, head coach Mo Cassara hired former UConn assistant Pat Sellers, who had to spend last season coaching in China after he was implicated in the Nate Miles scandal with the Huskies.
June 2nd: Paul Hewitt completed his coaching staff by hiring Mike Wells, who had spent the past 17 years as an assistant and advanced scout in the NBA.
June 2nd: Mike Lonergan completed his staff at George Washington. He hired Pete Strickland, who lost his job after Sidney Lowe lost his job at NC State, and Kevin Sutton, who spent eight seasons as the head coach at Montaverde Academy in Florida.
June 2nd: Ben Braun replaced Armon Gates on his staff at TCU with former SMU assistant Reggie Brown.
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 3rd: To replace William Small, UTEP head coach hired alum and former NBA player Greg Foster.
June 3rd: To replace Willis Wilson, who went to Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner hired a guy you may have heard of before -- Damon Stoudamire.
June 3rd: To replace Bill Barton, who left to join Jamie Dixon's staff at Pitt, Marshall coach 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.
June 4th: Martin Breunig, who was the third Maryland recruit to consider leaving the school in the wake of Gary Williams' retirement, finally settled on Washington.
June 4th: Rising junior Glenn Bryant asks for and receives his release to transfer out of the Arkansas program. He becomes the second player to leave the program now that Mike Anderson is head coach
June 5th: Roman Banks completed his staffat Southern by hiring Morris Scott from Grambling State and Sheldon Jones, who spent the past five seasons with the Jaguars.
June 6th: Steve Prohm's second hire as head coach at Murray State was Matt McMahon, a longtime assistant for Buzz Peterson that spent the 2010 season at UNC-Wilmington.
June 6th: Archie Miller completed his staff at Dayton, as he officially hired Tom Ostrom, who had spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach under John Pelphrey at Arkansas before Pelphrey lost his job.
June 7th: Steve Payne completed his staff at Tennessee Tech -- and replaced the assistant position he left vacated with the promotion -- by hiring David Boyden, who was previously on the Western Kentucky staff.
June 7th: Billy Kennedy's second hire at Texas A&M was former Kansas assistant coach Kyle Keller. Keller had been with the Jayhawks for the past three years.
June 7th: To replace Matt Langel, who left for Colgate, Temple head coach Fran Dunphy hired Dwayne Killings. Killings was on the Temple staff from 2006-2009 as an assistant director of basketball operations before spending last season under Pat Chambers at Boston University.
June 7th: Northwestern coach Bill Carmody hired former Rutgers head coach Fred Hill to replace Mitch Henderson, who left to become the head coach at Princeton.
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: Ben Howland replaces Scott Duncan, who left for Wyoming, 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 8th: Matt Langel completed his staff at Colgate. He hired Dave Klatsky from the Stevens Institute, Terrell Ivory from Davidson (where he was the director of basketball operations), and Michael McGarvey from Ursinus College.
June 9th: New Penn State coach Pat Chambers added Eugene Burroughs as an assistant coach. Burroughs heads to Happy Valley after leaving Navy, where he was an assistant under Billy Lange.
June 10th: To replace Dalonte Hill, who took a $300k payday from Maryland, Kansas State head coach Frank Martin shuffled his coaching staff. Specifically, Lamont Evans was promoted to a full-time assistant.
June 10th: Eastern Kentucky replaced Everick Sullivan, who left for Georgia State, with Richie Riley, who had spent the past two seasons with Coastal Carolina.
June 11: Rising senior point guard Jeff Peterson decided to transfer out of the Arkansas program. Since he had already finished his undergraduate work, Peterson can transfer and play immediately. He is the third player to leave under the Anderson administration.
June 13th: Dominique Taylor replaced Mike Brown on the staff at South Alabama. He came from a JuCo. Brown left the program to become an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan.
June 14th: Steve Prohm completed his staff at Murray State by hiring James Kane from Alabama, where he had spent the past two years as a video coordinator.
June 13th: The strangest hire of the offseason was Benny White, who left Dave Bing's mayoral staff in Detroit to fill out Rob Murphy's staff at Eastern Michigan.
June 13th: Geno Ford completed his staff at Bradley by hiring former Boise State head coach Greg Graham to be his lead assistant.
June 14th: Charlie Coles made an interesting hire to replace Lallathin on his staff with the Miami (OH) -- Todd Lickliter. If you remember, Lickliter was once a hotshot young coach with Butler before flaming out after three years at Iowa.
June 15th: Former UConn player Jamal Coombs-McDaniel decided to transfer to Hofstra in large part due to the fact that Pat Sellers was hired as an assistant coach there
June 15th: Radford replaced Brad Greenberg with VCU assistant coach Mike Jones. Greenberg was forced to retired due to NCAA violations
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 16th: Former Oregon guard Malcolm Armstead transferred to Wichita State where Dana Ford, who was an assistant where Armstead played in JuCo, was hired.
June 16th: Vermont hired former Maine assistant coach Chris Markwood.
June 20th: It only took two weeks for Korey McCray's hiring at UCLA 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.
June 22nd: Keith Urgo was hired by Pat Chambers as an assistant coach at Penn State. Urgo was demoted back to director of basketball operations after Jay Wright rehired Doug West as an assistant coach at Villanova.
June 22nd: To fill the void left by Chris Kreidel, who went to join Paul Hewitt at George Mason, Georgia Southern hired Chris Capko, who had lost his job after there was a head coaching change at Stetson this spring.
June 22nd: Lewis Preston completed his staff at Kennesaw State by hiring Tim Morris, who spent last season as a graduate assistant with Alabama.
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.
June 23rd: Walt Corbean was promoted from director of basketball operations to assistant coach to replace Mark Pope at Wake Forest. Jeff Nix was brought in to take Corbean's old role.
June 25th: Rod Barnes hired former Oklahoma assistant coach Brian Goodman to be his associate head coach at Cal-State Bakersfield. Goodman was out of a job when Jeff Capel was let go by the Sooners.
June 27th: Jimmy Baron replaced Pat Clark at Rhode Island with Lenny Harris, a longtime assistant at NC State that was out of a job after Sidney Lowe was fired.
June 27th: Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis hired Mamadou N'Diaye to replace Richie Riley, who had left for Eastern Kentucky. N'Diaye played for Ellis at Auburn.
June 28th: To replace Justin Hutson on his staff, SDSU coach Steve Fisher hired former-SDSU star Tony Bland.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Even before the end of the 2010-2011 college basketball season, the coaching carousel began to spin. For 136 days, coaching staffs were shuffled, people were hired, fired, let go, and given promotions.