Two DII schools currently have Interim Head Coaches – Kentucky State and the Southern Connecticut State. With the season winding down, it will be interesting to see what happens with these positions. Will the schools open the positions up, or retain their current interim coaches on a permanent basis.
Former Georgia Tech standout Clarence Moore took over at Kentucky State on January 15th. The Thorobreds were 2-8 under coach Thomas Patterson, and have gone 6-9 since (8-17, 6-14 SIAC). Moore took over under strange circumstances:
He has done a pretty good job since then. With 2 games remaining, they are still in the play-off hunt. It is unclear if Moore will be offered the job on a permanent basis after the season, or if KSC will search for a new coach.
Southern Connecticut is a different story. Marc Rybczyk has been the interim Head Coach for two seasons now. Messy situations with former coaches Art Leary and Jerry DeGregorio have given Rybczyk his opportunity.
The Owls finished the season 2-25 (1-21 NE-10). Rybczyk has done a good job keeping the team together the past few years. He doesn’t have enough talent to compete in the NE-10 due to the mess that was created by the Leary situation – recruiting has been impossible. Rybczyk should be offered the job on a permanent basis, but not sure what the school is thinking. Expect an announcement here soon now that their season has concluded.
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