Friday, June 13, 2014

Solid Candidate List In Marist Coaching Search

Marist has been able to keep a relative lid on information coming from its current search to replace Jeff Bower (the new general manager of the NBA Detroit Pistons) as the program's next head coach and third person to hold the position in 15 months.

But, a number of well-known names are being associated with the position, including some who the school appeared to favor that haven't reciprocated the interest.

ESPN reported this week that former Boston College coach Steve Donahue, who had considerable success at Cornell prior to moving to BC, turned down an offer to coach at Marist.

Red Foxes' athletic director Tim Murray claims that he spoke to Donohue, but did not make an offer. But, school administrators are loath to admit being turned down by candidates.

Marist officials also reportedly had interest in Colgate head coach Matt Langel who, reportedly, took his name out of consideration for the position.

There are a variety of other names being mentioned by a variety of sources, with the most credible possibly being Jay Young and Paul Lee.

Young, a 1986 Marist grad, is the current top assistant at Stony Brook and sources say he has been contacted about the position.

Lee has been an assistant at Marist for the past eight seasons, has been widely recognized as one of the better mid-major level assistant coaches nationally and would surely make for a smooth transition particularly for a five-player incoming freshman class.

Some sources have indicated that Marist AD Murray would prefer a candidate with past Division I head coaching experience, and there are a variety of candidates that meet that criteria.

Among those, and these names are mostly speculation ...

- Bill Carmody, the former head coach at Northwestern and Princeton. He is a New Jersey native who had a 284-235 record as a college head coach (92-25 at Princeton). He played and, then, served as an assistant coach at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., just 90 miles or so away from Poughkeepsie, for 10 years before moving on to Division I-level coaching.

- John Dunne, who is the current head coach at league member Saint Peter's. The New York native might be the deane of MAAC coaches tenure-wise but remains among the conference's lowest-paid head coaches and a move to Marist not only would result in a considerable salary hike but into a program that commits more resources to its program.

- Brett Reed, the head coach at Lehigh (129-91) after seven seasons there so far.

- Mike Maker, the head coach at Division III Williams College  (147-32) in six seasons. He has Division I experience as an assistant at West Virginia and Creighton.

- Al Skinner, the associate head coach at Bryant College who was the head coach at both Boston College and Rhode Island. Skinner, though, turns 62 in a few days.

- Patrick Beilein, the son of Michigan head coach John Beilein, is in line for an interview according to Adam Zagoria, writing for Beilein, 31, is the head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan University, which plays at the Division III level.

- Mark Prosser, currently an assistant coach at Winthrop, is another name sources on the internet are mentioning as a potential candidate. Prosser is a Marist graduate and is the son of the late Skip Prosser, a well-respected coach during his days in the MAAC at Loyola and, then, at Xavier and Wake Forest.

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