Ranking the 2015 NCAA DIII Coaching Changes

Last week, HoopDirt.com ranked the NCAA DII men’s basketball coaching changes (NCAA DII Rankings).   This week, we have focused our attention to the NCAA DIII hirings.

There were 42 NCAA DIII schools that made men’s basketball coaching changes this past off-season. HoopDirt.com has ranked the Top 5 hirings as well as honorable mentions – the complete list of 2015 NCAA DIII hirings can be found at the bottom of the page.

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


1.  Andrew Sachs – Salisbury University bdvi94nz603csgii

A 1990 Salisbury alum, Andrew Sachs had spent the past six seasons as the head coach at DIII Bethany College (WVa).  He replaces Josh Merkel who was hired as the head coach at Randolph-Macon. During his tenure at Bethany, he compiled a 117-49 record and left as the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage.  Prior to becoming a DIII head coach, he spent five seasons as the top assistant to Ralph Willard at Holy Cross.  During his tenure, the Crusaders played in four Patriot League Championship games.  Sachs started his career as an assistant at Salisbury, and has also had stops at Indiana (PA) and Virginia Wesleyan.  Salisbury is coming off of a 21-win season and an NCAA Tournament appearance.  Sachs brings the veteran experience and poise to keep Sea Gulls on the right track.  He is already hitting it hard on the recruiting trail, and appears to have a solid group of returners in place.


2.  Matt Goldsmith – The College of New Jersey 


After averaging just over nine wins per season over the past nine years, TCNJ was looking for a winner – and it appears the have found one in Matt Goldsmith.  The NJ native has had tremendous success as an assistant at his alma mater Amherst over the the past three seasons  In his first season on the coaching staff in 2012-13, Goldsmith helped guide Amherst to a 30-2 record and the second national title in program history. The following season, the Jeffs made their fifth appearance in the Final Four and boasted a season mark of 27-4. This past winter, Amherst went 21-8 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA championship tournament. Following his graduation, Goldsmith played professionally in Germany, and has spent time as a volunteer assistant coach for USA Basketball during the past two summers.


3.  Justin Potts – Moravian College 


It’s not easy to replace a coach who has been on the job for 35 years (and won 440 games), but it looks like Moravian has made a great choice in turning to Justin Potts.  The 2000 Moravian graduate not only played for recently retired Jim Walker, but he spent two years on his staff after graduation.  In 2002, he became an assistant at DII East Stroudsburg University (PA), and had spent the past 13-seasons there, serving the past five as the associate head coach.  During his time at ESU, he was part of Jeff Wilson’s staff that won 232 games (including 30 wins in 2013-14).  Potts is known for his strong recruiting ties in the area, and should be able to have a ton of success at his alma mater.


4. Bob Simmons – Allegheny College 


Allegheny has won just 38 games in the past five years, so they decided to turn to veteran coach Bob Simmons to turn things around.  Prior to spending the last two seasons as the head coach at DIII Marywood University, Simmons worked for Billy Taylor as an assistant at Both Ball State (2007-13) and Lehigh (2002-07).  He also spent two seasons (2000-02) as the head coach at Delaware Valley, and worked as an assistant at Lebanon Valley.  Marywood had won just six games the season before Simmons was hired.  He then increased the win total by four each season, finishing with a 14-11 record this past year.


5.  Aaron Goodman – Washington College (MD) 


After winning just thirteen games over the past three seasons, Washington College now looks to long-time Navy assistant Aaron Goodman to turn things around.  Over the past nine years, Goodman has recruited the Mid-Atlanic hard while worked for both Ed DeChellis and Billy Lange at Navy.  He is also no stranger to DIII, having spent four seasons as an assistant at Marymount (VA).  A Maryland native, Goodman also spent the past three seasons as the head coach of Navy’s development team.  It sounds like Goodman was left with a strong incoming class, and should be able to build on that as he begins to turn the program around.


Honorable Mention: Jason Harris (UMass-Boston), Tom Heil (Baldwin-Wallace), Josh Merkel (Randolph-Macon), Shawn Postiglione (Bridgewater), Travis Schwab (Muskingum), Ethan Stewart-Smith (Washington & Jefferson).


Here is the complete list of 2015 NCAA DIII Coaching Changes:


Allegheny (PA)Jim DriggsBob Simmons
Baldwin WallaceDuane SheltonTom Heil
Blackburn (IL)Jason BaribeauSteve Kollar
Bridgewater (VA)Don BurgessShawn Postiglione
College of New Jersey (N.J.)Kelly WilliamsMatt Goldsmith
Concordia Chicago (lL)Tyler JonesRandy Rogers
CurryMalcolm WynnMatt LeVangie
Defiance CollegeTom HeilScott Cutter
Fontbonne (MO)Anthony HallLance Thornhill
GalluadetAaron Goodman Kevin Kovacs
Goucher (MD)Leonard TrevinoTom Rose
Hood CollegeTom DickmanChad Dickman
Hunter (NY)Shay BerryJohn Pelin
Johnson State (VT)Tommy VerdellMiles Smith, Jr.
Keene StateRob ColbertRyan Cain
Louisiana CollegeGene RushingReni Mason
Manchester (IN)Brad NadborneGerad Good
Marywood (PA)Bob SimmonsEnrico Mastroianni
Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsJamie MorrisonTony Skiffington (INTERIM)
McMurry (TX)Cliff CarrollZach Pickelman
Misericordia (PA)Trevor WoodruffWillie Chandler (INTERIM)
Montclair State (NJ)Ted FioreMarlon Sears
Moravian (PA)Jim WalkerJustin Potts
Muskingum (OH)Gene FordTravis Schwab
Otterbein (OH)Todd AdrianBrian Oilar
Penn College (PA)Chris LemastersRyan Callahan
Penn State AbingtonChris PotashJon Tanous
Penn State AltoonaBilly ClapperDoug West
Randolph-Macon Nathan DavisJosh Merkel
Rockford (IL)Ryan RebsomAndrew Weber
Saint John's (MN)Jim SmithPat McKenzie
Salisbury (MD)Josh MerkelAndy Sachs
Simpson (IA)Charles ZandersBrad Bjorkgren
Sul Ross State (TX)Greg WrightClif Carroll
SUNY PurchaseJeff CharneyKyle Martin
UMass-Boston Charlie TitusJay Harris
Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)Glenn GutierrezEthan Stewart-Smith
Washington College (MD)Rob Nugent Aaron Goodman
Wesley CollegeJerry KobasaDean Burrows
Western New EnglandMike TheulenColin Tabb
Wheelock CollegeMatt LeVangieMike Pollio
York (NY)Ronald St. JohnAntoine Morris (INTERIM)