Story: Adam Nelson (@HD_DirtKing)
A bunch of things as guys get ready to head to New Orleans…
I can confirm that Collegiate Sports Associates has the Cleveland State search. It sounds like 20 first round zoom interviews are complete, and it is now headed to the next round (which could be 6-8). It seems like this one will be wrapped up sometime after the final four. Will have some names here by the weekend.
Early names at Georgia State to replace Rob Lanier (departed or SMU) are current GSU assistant Cliff Warren and current Xavier interim head coach Jonas Hayes. Warren has been at Georgia State since 2019, following stints as an assistant at UMass and Maryland. He was the head coach at Jacksonville from 2005-14. Hayes is an Atlanta native who played at Georgia and spent time on the Bulldogs staff.
Word on the street is that Steve DeMeo is the leader for the open Northwest Florida job. DeMeo spent last season as an assistant at East Carolina, and was at St. John’s before that. DeMeo had previously been the head coach at NWF (2013-19) and put together a 170-27 record. Expect an official announcement here shortly.
Yale’s James Jones picking up steam at San Diego. Stay tuned…
I have heard from multiple sources that the search at D3 Oberlin College (OH) is down to four. Included in the group is a current D3 head coach and an Ivy League assistant. Sounds like the four finalists will be on campus shortly. More on this one as I hear it.
The search at D2 Anderson University (SC) is down to five. Working on names now.
Pretty good D1 JUCO in Texas is opening, and may be filled by a current D1 JUCO assistant. More on this one shortly…
I can confirm that Butch West is no longer the head coach at Prince George’s CC (MD). West just completed his 4th year at PGCC and compiled a 52-27 record (3 seasons – team did not play in 2020-21 due to COVID). Word on the street is that he will join a D2 staff somewhere.
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