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Mar 29 17 10:40 AM
Gonna ask people to keep it realistic, we are not going to hire Phil Jackson or Billy Donovan.
Also, please post bio with names.
I am gonna guess it will be some hot young assistant, a "young gun" ala Wade or McCall, that none of us expects.
That being said, I feel this guy should get some consideration:
Following two seasons working alongside Will Wade at Chattanooga, Wes Long joined Wade's VCU coaching staff prior to the 2015-16 season. "It's always great to have a former head coach on the staff and he was a tremendous resource for me at Chattanooga," Wade said. "He was an integral part of our success at UTC. His knowledge on the court will be a huge resource for myself and the players."Prior to his stint at Chattanooga, Long spent eight seasons at Queens University of Charlotte. He was the head coach of the Royals program during his last five years at Queens, amassing a 75-66 record. He led the Royals to back-to-back Conference Carolinas titles (2011 and 2012), with the 2011 league championship being the first in eight seasons for the program. He also earned coach of the year honors that season while leading his team to the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament as the No. 4 seed.Off the court, Long's student-athletes had five of the seven highest GPA's in program history during his tenure.The Mauldin, South Carolina native played and coached as an undergraduate at Clemson, where he first met Wade. He was a walk-on for the 2000-01 season before transitioning to the student assistant role in his final three seasons. He played for the Tigers team that defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 75-66 in 2001.
Long received his bachelor's degree in business management from Clemson in 2004. He added a master's in business administration from Queens in May of 2007.
He is married to the former Martha Wahlman. The couple welcomed a daughter, Abbie Grace, in August of 2016.
UPDATE: APSU has or is hiring Coach Figger of South Carolina. Wes Long has interviewed or supposedly will interview for Furman job. Furman fans think the job is going to current Furman asst coach Richey.
Mar 29 17 10:43 AM
A college coach gave me a couple names of "young guns" that might be considered...
First is Luke Murray, son of Bill, yes, that Bill.
Luke Murray is in his second season on Chris Mack's staff. Murray, who spent the previous two seasons as an assistant to Dan Hurley at Rhode Island, has also spent time on the staffs at Towson, Wagner and Arizona. "Luke is one of the top young assistant coaches in America," said Mack. "His efforts here so far and at Towson and URI have demonstrated his ability to both attract talented players and coach them successfully. I have known Luke for a number of years and it is evident he has a passion for Xavier Basketball." Murray enjoyed a successful 2014-15 season at Rhode Island. The Rams finished 23-10 overall and tied for second in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 13-5. URI earned a postseason berth in the National Invitation Tournament and advanced to the second round. Murray joined the Rhody staff in 2013 after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Towson under Pat Skerry. While at Towson in 2012-13, he helped orchestrate of one of college basketball's greatest turnarounds. The Tigers set an NCAA record for the greatest one-season improvement, going from a one-win campaign in 2011-12 to an 18-13 mark and a second-place finish in the CAA in 2012-13. While at Towson, Murray was an integral part in bringing in the top-rated recruiting class in the CAA for 2012-13, including 2013 CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon. Prior to joining the staff at Towson, he spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant under Hurley at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. In the 2009-10 season, Murray served as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona staff under former Xavier head coach Sean Miller, while working on his master's degree in educational psychology. Murray broke into the collegiate coaching field as the director of basketball operations at Quinnipiac in the 2007-08 season. Murray, a native of Palisades, N.Y., is a 2007 Fairfield graduate with a degree in sociology. Murray and his wife Kara reside in Cincinnati. His father, Bill, is an Emmy and Golden Globe winning comedian and actor.
Mar 29 17 10:48 AM
Jesse Bopp enters his first season with New Mexico State after spending the 2015-16 season at Chattanooga under head coach Matt McCall where he served as an assistant coach. “Jesse is exactly what we need,” said head men’s basketball coach Paul Weir. “He is a smart, passionate, and loyal coach with a tremendous pedigree. He is undoubtedly a rising star and I am absolutely thrilled with this addition. The tutelage he has received from an array of terrific coaches is a perfect fit for how we want to play.” While in the Scenic City, Bopp helped guide the Mocs to their first Southern Conference regular-season title since winning the northern division in 2011 and their first conference tournament championship since 2009. Chattanooga finished the season 29-6 overall and 15-3 in SoCon play after falling to No. 14 Indiana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance since 2009. Its 29 wins this season was also a school record. A defensive-minded coach himself, Bopp coached Justin Tuoyo to his second-straight SoCon Defensive Player of the Year honors while Tre’ McLeean garnered First-Team All-SoCon honors as well in a vote by the league coaches. Tuoyo took home second-team honors in the media’s all-conference vote while McLean took home first-team accolades. Prior to his stint in Chattanooga, Bopp spent two seasons (2013-15) at VCU as the director of basketball operations under Shaka Smart. The Rams won 26 games and finished the season in the top 25 both seasons thanks to its “havoc” defense. “This defense is my baby and I wanted to bring someone in with the tenacity and expertise to make it even better,” Weir said. “His background will enable us to do that in the most effective way we can design.” Bopp had a three-year stop at Vermont Academy where he was both the head coach and assistant dean of students. In those three years, Bopp led the Wildcats to a 48-43 record and reached the NEPSAC playoffs all three seasons. He coached six All-New England selections, including the development of several future collegiate players. He got his first start in the collegiate ranks under head coach Billy Donovan at Florida (2008-09) as a graduate assistant before his first stop at VCU under Smart in 2009-10 as a graduate manager. Bopp played collegiate ball at Plymouth State, a Division III school in Plymouth, N.H., and captained the team his senior year. He graduated in 2007 from PSU with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and earned his master's degree in sport leadership at VCU in 2010.
Mar 29 17 10:49 AM
Travis' tireless work ethic, dedication and coaching ability is second to none in our profession," said Mack. "I am extremely appreciative of Travis' talents and hard work and am excited he'll continue to be a part of Xavier Basketball moving forward."
Steele has participated in the Nike-produced Villa 7 consortium, which annually brings together the country's elite assistant basketball coaches to build the next generation of great basketball leaders.
Steele is involved in all phases of the Xavier program, including skill development, scouting and recruiting. Xavier's recent recruiting classes have earned national attention and Steele is a big part of Xavier's efforts, especially in the key areas of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.
"Travis brings a nonstop energy around the office, on the court, and in recruiting," said Mack. Steele came to Xavier prior to the 2008-09 season as Xavier's Director of Basketball Operations under former head coach Sean Miller. Mack promoted Steele to assistant coach after he took over the program in 2009.
After serving as the video coordinator for a season and a half while at Indiana, Steele was promoted to the position of assistant coach in February, 2008. In that role, he participated in recruiting both on and off-campus and coached daily practices, focusing on skills development of post players. He was also responsible for tracking the academic progress of the student-athletes.
Steele joined the Hoosiers in August of 2006, taking on the duties of the video coordinator. He facilitated advanced scouting of opponents, was responsible for evaluating team practices and organized prospect recruiting on a national level to begin his stint with Indiana.
Prior to his time with the Hoosiers, he served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Wabash Valley College. Joining the Warriors in October, 2005, Steele also functioned as the program's Recruiting Coordinator and developed a skill instruction program. Steele spent a year with the Ohio State basketball program, serving as a graduate manager.
From 2001-06, Steele served as a coach for the Spiece/Indiana Adidas Elite AAU Basketball program. Recruiting high school players, he also coordinated practice and communicated plans to staff while organizing all travel and scheduling. Steele also served as assistant varsity basketball coach at Ben Davis High School while attending Butler University from 2001-04.
Steele graduated cum laude from Butler in May 2004, earning a bachelor of science degree in marketing. Steele was born in Danville, Indiana. He and his wife Amanda, reside in Cincinnati with their two-year-old son, Winston.
Mar 29 17 11:02 AM
Casey Long enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Rams in 2016-17 following a stint as VCU's director of operations in 2015-16.
Long, who was a four-year standout at Chattanooga from 2003-07, also spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Mocs from 2012-2014, including two under current VCU Coach Will Wade.
"Casey was one of those guys I knew immediately I wanted to bring with me here to VCU," Wade said. "He is an unbelievable asset to our program and will build tremendous relationships with our guys. He's one of those people that is always upbeat and will have a positive impact on our players and our program."Long played a vital role for the Mocs as they broke a seven-year drought winning the 2005 Southern Conference Championship. He is the only UTC student-athlete to record 1,000 points, 450 rebounds and 350 assists during his career. Long excelled in the classroom as well. He won the Athletic Academic Award for maintaining a 3.5 grade point average and was a Vocational Honor Student and a recipient of the Principal’s Award.
He earned his degree in Political Science (American Studies) from UTC in 2007. Twice he tallied Athletic Director’s Honor Roll mention. He is married to the former Co’chea Rivera. The couple has a daughter, Catalina.
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gomocs82 wrote:I love Casey Long...one of my favorites....not sure if he is ready....thought when he left he needed 3-4 years then come back "home" and stay longer than some of these other young guns. He Blackburn thinks he's ready so be it....
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newmoc wrote:VCU not retaining any assistants
Mar 29 17 12:20 PM
Interviewed two years ago....betting he is still interested and gets attention again:
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Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach Matt McCall decided to take the same position at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday, leaving town after two seasons.
He finished with a 48-18 record that had a first season of highs — 29 wins; victories over Georgia, Illinois and Dayton; Southern Conference championships; and program's first NCAA tournament appearance in seven seasons — and a second season with some lows, as the Mocs finished their 2016-17 finished with losses in eight of the final 12 games and a first-round exit in the SoCon tournament.
The Times Free Press has compiled a list of 10 potential candidates to replace McCall:
Mar 30 17 8:02 AM
In just four seasons, head coach Jamion Christian has led Mount St. Mary’s back to the top of the Northeast Conference. After taking the Mount to the Northeast Conference title game in his first season, Christian guided the Mount to the NEC title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2014. He has guided the Mountaineers to a winning record in NEC play in each of his four seasons, the first time that has happened since the Mount joined the NEC in 1989-90.
Christian led the Mountaineers to an 88-71 victory over Robert Morris in the NEC championship game in 2014 to seal the Mount’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2008. Christian’s team finished the regular season in fourth place, earning the school’s first NEC Tournament home game since 2010. The Mount staged a historic rally in that game, coming back from a 19-point deficit with just over nine minutes left to edge St. Francis Brooklyn, 72-71, in the NEC Quarterfinals. The Mount then downed second-seeded Wagner on the road in the semifinals to earn a spot in the championship game for the second consecutive season.
The Mountaineers faced Albany in the 2014 NCAA Tournament First Round in Dayton, Ohio. After falling behind 21-2 in the opening minutes, the Mountaineers roared back with a 21-2 run of its own to even the score. The Mountaineers, however, came up short in a 71-64 loss that saw a potential game-tying three-pointer in the final minute rattle in-and-out.
A 2004 graduate of the Mount, Christian was named the 22nd coach in Mount St. Mary’s history on March 26, 2012. In his inaugural season, Christian guided the Mountaineers to an 18-14 record and a spot in the NEC Championship game.
Christian’s first season definitely provided excitement as the 18 wins were the fourth-most by a Mount team since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89 while the team also had a nine-game win streak, the third-longest streak by a Mount team in the Division I era. It was the Mount’s first winning season since 2009-10 and the Mountaineers appeared in the NEC Championship game for the first time since 2009.
Christian refers to his team’s style of play as Mayhem, which features a pressing defense and an offense reliant on the three-point shot. The top four single-season records for three-point attempts are all during Christian's tenure, while the team set school records for three-pointers made in each of his first two seasons.
One of the youngest coaches in NCAA Division I at 32 years old, Christian’s first recruit at the Mount, guard Shivaughn Wiggins, was named the NEC Rookie of the Year in 2012-13. Under Christian, the Mount has had six players earn All-NEC honors and two more named to the All-Rookie team.
Christian was a finalist for both the Ben Jobe Award and the Joe B. Hall Award in 2013. The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in division I men's basketball, while the Joe B. Hall Award goes to the top first-year coach in Division I college basketball.
Christian was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth under Shaka Smart in 2011-12, helping guide the Rams to the Third Round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. VCU won the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title and finished with a school-record 29 wins this year. VCU led the NCAA in steals and steals per game. Christian worked hand-in-hand with VCU starting shooting guard Troy Daniels, who broke the school record for three-pointers made.
Prior to his time at VCU, he spent three years at William & Mary. In three seasons with the Tribe, he helped usher in a new era of basketball. The Tribe made their second postseason appearance in school history in 2010 and recorded the third most wins in school history with 22.
On the recruiting trail, he aided in the Tribe's 2010 recruiting class that was ranked among the best in "Mid-Major" classes in the country and the best in the CAA by ESPN.com and Scouts, Inc. During his time with William & Mary, Christian was responsible for recruiting in Virginia, Texas and the Washington, D.C. region.
One of the foundations for Christian's style of play came from his first collegiate job as an assistant coach at Emory & Henry. In 2005-06, Emory & Henry averaged 104.3 points and 17.6 three-point field goals made per game. Christian moved on to serve as the Director of Basketball Operations at Bucknell Univeristy the next two seasons.
As a player, Christian was a three-year captain at the Mount, scoring 581 points in 90 career games and 56 starts. He led the Mount in scoring at 11.3 points per game in 2001-02 and averaged 8.2 points the following season.
During his senior year at New Kent High School, Christian led his squad to an undefeated season and a VHSL State Championship.
The Christian File Year Overall/NEC Notes 2012-13 18-14/11-7 Advanced to NEC Championship Game 2013-14 16-17/9-7 NCAA Tournament 2014-15 15-15/11-7 2015-16 14-19/10-8TOTAL: 63-65/41-29
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JAMION CHRISTIANSHAKA SMART, VCU Head Coach“I think he’s got a great perspective on the game, and it’s different, much different than anyone else on our staff because of his background and who he’s worked for. That’s always something you invite. You don’t want to bring someone in that has the exact same views as you and knows the same things as you because then they basically become a ‘yes’ man. Jamion’s brought up a bunch of interesting ideas that the rest of us haven’t thought of.”
TONY SHAVER, WILLIAM & MARY Head Coach“Jamion’s work ethic and ability to relate to young people makes him a great recruiter. He displays maturity beyond his years and contributed in every facet to our program. Jamion has groomed himself by working and playing for a number of exceptional head coaches like Jim Phelan, Pat Flannery at Bucknell and Bob Johnson at Emory and Henry.”
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