Ranking the 2015 NCAA DII Coaching Changes

This off-season, there were 34 NCAA DII schools that made men’s basketball coaching changes. HoopDirt.com has ranked the Top 5 hirings as well as honorable mentions.  Also, the complete list of 2015 NCAA DII hirings can be found at the bottom of the page.

Here are HoopDirt.com’s Top 5 NCAA DII hirings:

headshot_1_Burrell_Scott1.  Scott Burrell – Southern Connecticut State University

The former UConn and NBA standout replaces Mike Donnelly who became the head coach at defending DII National Champion Florida Southern back in May.  Burrell is a Connecticut native who had spent the past eight seasons as an assistant at nearby Quinnipac University.  He was selected as the 20th pick in the 1993 NBA Draft (Charlotte), and was a part of the Chicago Bulls team the won the 1998 NBA Championship. While at UConn, Burrell became the first player in UConn’s Division I history to top 1,500 points, 750 rebounds, 275 assists and 300 steals in his career. He will bring instant name recognition to the Connecticut state school which went 24-8 last year and advanced to the DII Sweet 16.  On the recruiting trail, Burrell is very well known in the area and has developed some great inroads during his time at QU.  He should be able to attract a ton of in-state talent to Southern.


2.  Mark Vanderslice – USC-Aiken khi4w56eivyijxi6

The former head coach at Louisburg JC (NC) takes over for Vince Alexander who was hired at St. Leo (FL).  Vanderslice has done nothing but win during his five years at the North Carolina Junior College – he compiled a 152-20 record, including a 94-11 in league play. During the 2012-13 season his team posted a 35-2 record, the most wins in school history and finished No. 1 in the final national polls.  Vanderslice also has knowledge of recruiting the state of South Carolina, having served as an assistant at Furman from 2008-10.  He steps into an interesting situation at USC-Aiken.  The Pacers only won 13 games last season, but had won 33 the year before.


3. Jim Shaw – Western Oregon UniversityShaw_Mug_Shot

The long-time DI assistant took the reins at his alma mater after Brady Bergeson departed for Regis (CO).  Shaw, a 1985 WOU graduate, was an NAIA honorable mention All-American during his senior season for the Wolves.  He has over 25 years experience as an assistant at the DI level – most recently spending two seasons on Randy Bennett’s staff at St. Mary’s.  He also worked for Lorenzo Romar at Washington for nine years, and spent five seasons on Kelvin Sampson’s staff at Oklahoma.  Additionally, Shaw has been an assistant at Oregon State, Portland, Southern Utah, Montana, and Idaho State.  His knowledge of recruiting in the Pacific Northwest should pay dividends immediately for WOU.


4. Ryan Odom – Lenoir-Rhyne CollegeRyanOdommugshotweb

Big shoes to fill here as Odom replaces John Lentz who retired after 29-seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne (432 wins).  Last season, Odom served as the interim head coach at Charlotte after Alan Major took a leave of absence and eventually resigned.  Prior to working on Major’s staff, he worked at Virginia Tech (2003-10), (2000-03), UNC Asheville (1999-00) and Furman (1997-99).   He is the son of former Wake Forest and South Carolina head coach Dave Odom.  A seasoned recruiter, the younger Odom has already landed a DI transfer in Old Dominion guard Keenan Palmore (who will be eligible immediately for L-RC).


5. Drew Diener – Rockhurst Universityimage_handler.aspx-2

Another guy who know how to win…Diener compiled a 168-43 over the past six seasons at NAIA Cardinal Stritch (WI). Diener’s teams captured six Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season titles, three CCAC tournament titles and one NAIA DII National Championship.  He was named NABC/NAIA UPS National Coach of the Year and Rawlings NAIA Division II Coach of the Year in 2013, and has won the CCAC Coach of the Year Award in five out of the past six seasons.  Before becoming the head coach at Cardinal Stritch, Diener was an assistant at Virginia.  He replaces Bill O’Conner who retried as the program’s all-time winningest head coach at the end of last season.


Honorable Mention: Patrick Beilein (LeMoyne), Jeff Burkhamer (West Florida), Todd Eisner (Winona State), Scott Flemming (Northwest Nazarene), Brian Reese (Georgian Court).

Here is the complete list of 2015 DII coaching changes:

Anderson (SC)Jason TaylorJeff Brookman
Angelo StateChris BeardCinco Boone
Assumption (Mass.)Matt MaharMichael Harding
Central OklahomaTerry EvansTom Hankins
Clayton StatePaul HarrisonJimmy Link
Felician (NY)Dave DeFerrariIvan Lewis
Florida SouthernLinc DarnerMike Donnelly
Fresno Pacific (Calif.)Shane RinnerTim Kisner
Georgian Court (NJ)Enrico MastroianniBrian Reese
Henderson State (Ark.)Doug NicholsJimmy Eglas
Kentucky StateAntwain BanksDarnell Williams
Lander (SC)Jeff BurkhamerSteve Roberts
Le Moyne (NY)Steve EvansPatrick Beilein
Lenoir-RhyneJohn LentzRyan Odom
Lindenwood (MO)Brad SoderbergLance Randall
Malone (OH)Tim WalkerCasey Kaufman (Interim)
Mansfield (PA)Rich MillerPat Zipfel
Nebraska Kearney (Neb.)Tom KroppKevin Lofton
Northwest Nazarene (ID)Dave DanielsScott Flemming
NW Oklahoma (Okla.) Andrew BrownBrad Franz
Oklahoma Baptist (Okla.)Doug TolinQuinn Wooldrige
Pace (N.Y.)Pat KennedyMatthew Healing
Regis (Colo.)Lonnie PorterBrady Bergeson
Rockhurst (Mo)Bill O'ConnorDrew Diener
Shaw (N.C.)Cleo Hill, JrJoel Hopkins
Shorter (Ga.)Chad WarnerTyler Murray
Simon Fraser (Canada)James BlakeVirgil Hill
Southern ConnecticutMike DonnellyScott Burrell
St. LeoLance RandallVince Alexander
St. Martin's (Wash.)Michael OstlundAlex Pribble
UMary (N.Dak.)Jevin BuddeJoe Kittell
USC AikenVince AlexanderMark Vanderslice
West Florida Bob StinnettJeff Burkhamer
Western OregonBrady BergesonJim Shaw
Winona StateMike LeafTodd Eisner
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