Daily Dirt – 6/27/11

Some slag to start the week….

Texas Tech assistant Chris Beard has resigned. He was a part of Pat Knight’s staff for the past three seasons, and was retained by new head coach Billy Gillispie when he got the job in April. Not sure what the reason is, but I can confirm that he is definitely out.

The search at Hamilton College (NY) is in full swing. It sounds like at least four guys will interview on campus. The names that I’ve heard are Adam Stockwell (head coach Oswego State), Jim Driggs (head coach Allegheny College – Hamilton alum), Adam Hutchinson (head coach Washington and Lee), and Bill Geitner (head coach Eastern Connecticut – Hamilton alum and former assistant there). I’ve also heard Northeastern assistant Jim McCarthy’s name come up surrounding this gig – he’s a Hamilton alum and works at NU for Bill Coen (another Hamilton alum). Also on NU’s staff is legendary Hamilton coach Tom Murphy (600+ wins in 34 years). Seems like McCarthy has the connections if he wants it, but I have not heard that he is in the group that will interview on campus.

Worcester Polytech has hired Wentworth assistant Anthony Leonelli. The official announcement is expected sometime this week. Leonelli has spent the past five seasons as an assistant at Wentworth.

Speaking of announcements that will be made this week…..I can confirm that Langston University (OK) assistant men’s basketball coach Nigel Thomas will take over as the head coach. Thomas has been an assistant with the program since 2008. He has also been an assistant at Prairie State College. The announcement should be made by June 30th.