Merchant Marine rumors….

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is still without a coach since John Krikorian departed for Christopher Newport University in June. From what I’ve heard from great sources, current Towson assistant Danny Nee is the leading candidate here. Nee has a 410-381 record in 26 seasons as a DI head coach at Ohio University (1981-86), Nebraska (1986-2000), Robert Morris (2000-01) and Duquesne (2001-06). The 67-year old is a Brooklyn native and a Vietnam War veteran (good credentials to coach at a military academy). All indications are that USMMA wants to get this done before October 1st – still not a lot of time for a new guy to get adjusted before the season starts. If Nee turns this job down, others involved are believed to be Denison assistant coach David Muchnick (a Long Island native), St. Joseph’s (LI) head coach John Mateyko, and a current DI assistant at another military academy (not getting too deep into this one). I’ll keep you updated as this one progresses.

On a side note, Nee was a high school teammate of Kareem Abdul Jabbar at Power Memorial High School – pretty cool!