2013 Men’s Basketball Coaching Hire Breakdown: Part 1

2013-’14 Men’s Basketball Head Coaching Hire

Background Breakdown Part 1: A-C

Misc notes from this group:

  • Only 1 of the 6 was a college head coach before.
  • None were internal hires.
  • Only 1 of the 6 had worked at the institution previously.
  • 4 of the 6 played in college.

American University- Mike BrennanHead Men's Basketball Coach Mike Brennan

  • Previous position? Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Georgetown for John Thompson III (who played and coached at Princeton)
  • Coached here before? Yes- was previously an assistant basketball coach here.
  • Played in college? Yes- Princeton for legendary coach Pete Carrill.
  • College Head Coach Before? No
  • Years experience? 14
  • Misc. Info: Played professionally overseas
  • Official Link: American University Athletics website

Ball State University- James WhitfordHead Men's Basketball Coach James Whitford

  • Previous position? Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach at Arizona for Sean Miller.
  • Coached here before? No
  • Played in college?  No- was a manager at Wisconsin.
  • College Head Coach Before? No
  • Years experience? 19
  • Misc. Info: Worked for Herb Sendek at Miami (OH). Whitford’s former boss, Arizona coach Sean Miller, also worked for Herb Sendek at NC State.
  • Official Link: Ball State Sports website

University of Buffalo- Bobby Hurley Head Men's Basketball Coach Bobbby Hurley

  • Previous position? Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach at the University of Rhode Island for his brother Dan Hurley.
  • Coached here before? No
  • Played in college?  Yes- at Duke for Mike Krzyzewski. Won two national championships and is the NCAA’s all-time assists leader.
  • College Head Coach Before? No
  • Years experience? 3 (Does not include time as a scout in the NBA)
  • Misc. Info: Bobby’s NBA career was cut short by injury.  His father, Bob Hurley, Sr., is a Hall of Fame High School Coach at St. Anthony’s.
  • Official Link: Buffalo Sports website

Cal State Fullerton- Dedrique Taylor Head Men's Basketball Coach Dedrique Taylor

  • Previous position? Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach at Arizona State for Herb Sendek.
  • Coached here before? No
  • Played in college?  Yes- at Kings River CC, Armstrong Atlantic St (DII), and UC Davis.
  • College Head Coach Before? No
  • Years experience? 13
  • Misc. Info: Been to 3 NCAA’s and 3 NIT’s as a coach.
  • Official Link: Fullerton Sports website

Cal State Northridge- Reggie Theus Head Men's Basketball Coach Reggie Theus

  • Previous position? Head Coach of the Los Angeles D-fenders in the NBA D-League
  • Coached here before? No
  • Played in college?  Yes- at UNLV for Jerry Tarkanian & a 13-year career in NBA.
  • College Head Coach Before? Yes- New Mexico State
  • Years experience? 11
  • Misc. Info: Head Coach of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings 2007-’09
  • Official Link: CSNU Sports website

Campbell University- Kevin McGeehan Head Men's Basketball Coach Kevin McGeehan

  • Previous position? Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach at Richmond for Chris Mooney
  • Coached here before? No
  • Played in college?  Yes- at Gettysburg.
  • College Head Coach Before? No
  • Years experience? 15
  • Misc. Info: Was cut from the high school basketball team four times.
  • Official Link: Campbell Sports website
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If I missed any schools (Chattanooga will come later under UTC) please let me know!

Until next time, Coach ’em up!

Hal Wilson

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