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Date Posted: 10:47:44 02/19/03 Wed
Author: Range
Subject: Re: Loyola an attractive place for a coach?
In reply to: BF '94 's message, "Re: Loyola an attractive place for a coach?" on 18:34:09 02/18/03 Tue

I agree with much of what has been said about the Loyola program and coaching position. I would add that, based upon discussions I have had with other MAAC coaches, the Loyola job is regarded as one of the most coveted positions in the conferece. Loyola is a very easy recruiting sell, with its beautiful campus and facilities, and it is located in a prime location for recruiting.

However, I partially blame the school for the state of the program. They have failed to make a commitment to having a successful program. This is evidenced by the failure to keep Skip Prosser. He left for Xavier, which is a school not much different from Loyola, because they have made a commitment to their basketball program. They were willing to spend the extra money to create a strong program.

In regards to the current coaching situation, it seems that a change does need to be made. I assume that due to injuries, and the youth of the team, Hicks may get one more year to prove himself. I believe he signed a four or five year deal, and the Athletic Dept. probably does not want to swallow the costs of paying out his contract.

In looking for a new coach in the MAAC, I don't think it would be difficult for Loyola to find someone that is good. The most successful MAAC coaches have been people like Hicks, who are up and comers from smaller programs. Many of these people (Belein, Frischilla, Welsh to name a few) are now leading successful major programs. The key is to find one of these coaches, and when he is successful, shell out the money to keep him. The option of an assistant coach is always promising too. Say what you will about Ellerbe's coaching abilities, he was a tremendous recruiter, coming out of an assistant position at Virginia. He had a great local network in Baltimore and DC. I would say any big time assistant in the region is fair game.

Let's hope they get this program moving in the right direction soon.

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