Saturday, March 16, 2013
Potential Northwestern coaching candidates
By Scott Powers
Here's a look at potential candidates for Northwestern, who fired Bill Carmody on Saturday after 13 years at the school:
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker: Amaker has won and recruited well at Harvard. The Crimson are headed to their second consecutive NCAA tournament under Amaker, who has a 111-64 record in six seasons at the school. He also has Big Ten experience with six seasons as Michigan’s head coach.
Duke assistant coach Chris Collins: Collins’ name has been thrown around a lot if Northwestern’s job ever opened. This could be the ideal first head position for him. He has been on Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s staff since 2000 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2008. He grew up in Northbrook, Ill. and is the son of NBA coach Doug Collins.
Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew: Drew has succeeded quickly at the Valparaiso. The program is headed to the NCAA tournament in his second season as head coach. The Crusaders are 48-19 overall and 27-7 in conference in the past two years. He’s recruited the Midwest and comes from a coaching family.
Northwestern assistant coach Tavaras Hardy: Hardy is a longshot, but he fits the mold of what Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips likes in his football coach Pat Fitzgerald. Hardy is a former Wildcats’ player and a longtime assistant. If he doesn’t get a shot at the job, he could be retained on the staff.
Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson: Henderson, a former Northwestern assistant, is in his second season as Princeton’s head coach. The Tigers were 17-11 overall and 10-4 in the conference this season.
Richmond coach Chris Mooney: Mooney’s stock may have cooled off a bit since Richmond’s back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011. Richmond has remained competitive in the Atlantic 10 and is still only 40 years old. He did sign a 10-year deal with Richmond in 2011.
Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen: Paulsen was able to turn Bucknell’s program around. Bucknell was 7-23 in Paulsen’s first season, and he’s since coached the Bison to two NCAA tournaments in five seasons at the school.
Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson: Robinson, another former Northwestern assistant, would have been a more likely candidate the past few seasons. The Beavers have struggled this season with a 14-18 overall record and 4-14 Pac-12. He has been at Oregon State for five seasons and has recruited the Chicago area.
VCU head coach Shaka Smart: Smart wasn’t interested in any openings last season, but the idea of leading Northwestern to its first NCAA tournament could be enticing to some high-profile coach. It’s worth at least a phone call.
Wright State head coach Billy Donlon: Donlon has Wright State moving in the right direction in his third season. The Raiders lost in the Horizon League tournament championship game and finished third during the conference season. The 36-year-old Donlon is originally from Northbrook, Ill. and has recruited the Chicago area.
Lehigh head coach Brett Reed: The 40-year-old Reed has developed Lehigh into a consistent winner in his six seasons there. The Mountain Hawks have won 20-plus games three of the last four years and been two NCAA tournaments. Lehigh shocked Duke in the tournament last season.