DII DIRT: Rockhurst Finalists

 According to multiple sources, there are four finalists at DII Rockhurst University (MO).  They are in the hunt to replace Bill O’Connor who retired back in March after 21-seasons at the school.  From what I have heard, the final group includes:
  • Dave Bezold – Former head coach Northern Kentucky.  Spent 11-seasons as the head coach at NKU before being dismissed this spring.  Oversaw their move from DII to DI.  As a DII school, they competed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference – the same league that Rockhurst is in.  Has a career record of 194-133 (161-79 DII).  Also spent 14-seasons as an assistant at NKU.
  • Drew Diener – Head Coach Cardinal Stritch University (WI).  Has been the head coach at Stritch since 2009 and has compiled a 168-43 record.  Spent 2006-2009 on the staff at Virginia.  Played at St. Louis and in 1998 as a senior in HS was the Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year.
  • Luke Strege – Former assistant coach Eastern Kentucky University.  Spent 2010-2015 on Jeff Neubauer’s staff at EKU.  Before that, he spent seven seasons as the associate head coach at Quincy University (IL) – also a GLVC member.
  • Billy Thomas – Head Coach The Barstow School (MO).  Former University of Kansas standout.  Went undrafted, but spent time in the NBA with Washington, New Jersey, and Cleveland.  Had a long career overseas and in some of the US minor leagues.  Last played in the D-League for the Maine Red Claws in 2009-10.  Took over at The Barstow School in 2010.
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