Daily Dirt – 5/17/22

Story: Adam Nelson (@HD_DirtKing)

A few things that I’ve heard…

UConn Director of Player Development Taliek Brown has joined Rick Pitino’s staff at Iona as an assistant. Brown, a member of UConn’s 2004 National Championship team, has been on the Huskies staff for the past three seasons. The NY native is UConn’s all-time assist leader. Not the last move at Iona – stay tuned…

Some names that are making the rounds at D2 University of Montevallo (AL) include former Stamford head coach Scott Padgett, former Green Bay head coach Link Darner (won a D2 national championship in 2015 at Florida Southern), Tennessee Tech assistant Andrew Steele (played at Alabama), and a D2 head coach with Alabama ties. More names as I hear them.

I have heard that the search at D3 Alma College (MI) is in the final stages. The names that I have heard here are Williams College associate AD Tommy Verdell (former head coach at Johnson State), former Roosevelt University head coach Joe Griffin, and Case University assistant coach Mike Fitzpatrick. Sounds like this one will be done any day.

Word on the street is that the search at D3 Springfield College is down to two. As I mentioned before, the four finalists are/were: LIU assistant coach Jim Mack, two current D3 head coaches from Massachusetts, and a JUCO head coach from New Jersey. Working to confirm the final two now.

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