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Dillon77

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Sure is. For Lance White over at Pitt, it will take quite some time, but they can't pull the trigger after 3-5 years IMO. He has a major rebuilding project at Pitt and rebuilding in the ACC ain't an easy thing when you are getting hammered by Louisville, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Florida State, etc. night in and night out. Pitt also doesn't have the prettiest of campuses, so it can't be too easy to recruit there.

As far as the Penn State job, if it was a few years earlier, we might have seen Suzie McConnell-Serio as a candidate, particularly after her Sweet 16 appearance. She is a PSU alum and had great success there in her playing career, but her coaching career at Pitt turned into a dumpster fire.
Mel Greenberg, who covered all things Pennsylvania for a very long time, has this take on Serio and, indirectly, Pitt in his most recent newsletter (which I linked to above). He's in violent agreement with you on how tough it is to get a program started in the ACC.

"Suzy McConnell Serio, one of the original (PSU) superstars, now unemployed after let go at Pitt in her native city. But, but you say, but the Guru says being Suzie McConnell at Penn State trying to win in the Big Ten is a bit easier — not knocking the conference — than trying to contend in the ACC. At the time of the Portland departure, she took the vacancy at Duquesne and signals were sent that connections to the previous era were a barrier. But that was then and this is now.

"Barbour (PSU AD) got the coded question about Penn State connections and said always helpful in hires, as resources for hires or delving in background checks."


Having driven through Pennsylvania more times than I can remember on my way to Notre Dame, I always think of the state as having distinct eastern and midwest connections and characteristics. I think those can factor into the types of players one can interest and/or recruit. As such, my mind is drawn to more than a few midwest, mid-coaches as ready for prime time:

- Tricia Cullop has done stellar work at Toledo (after Evansville), bringing in talent from the midwest and abroad. Very good at community work, as well.
- Shauna Green at Dayton. Has kept that program humming. Young, but highly thought of there. She did a stint at Providence as recruiting coordinator, so she could/should have connections in the east, too.
- Katrina Merriweather of Wright State. Excellent point guard at Cincy during her playing days and member of "The Family" basketball enterprise in Indy. She's led WSU well in the Horizon League and they just beat Green Bay to get an NCAA bid.
- Megan Duffy of Miami of Ohio. My Domer pick, if not for this now, than a P5 gig (and soon). Just two seasons in, but two 20-win+ seasons on a team that was not loaded when she got there. Spent years with Kim Barnes Arico at both St. John's and Michigan (where she coached Katelyn Flaherty) and was very responsible for recruiting the players to GW during Jonathan Tipsis' best years. Energetic, focused, tough. (You might be able to guess where I hope she ultimately ends up...)
 

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  • P5:
    1. Penn St (Coquese, 12 yrs)
  • Mid
    1. BGE - Xavier (Brian Neal, 6 yrs)
    2. AAC - East Carolina (interim)
    3. A10 - Richmond (Michael Shafer, 14 yrs)
    4. A10 - URI (Daynia La-Force, 5 yrs)
    5. SUN - Ga Southern (Kip Drown, 4 yrs)
    6. SUN - LA Monroe (Jeff Dow, 5 yrs)
    7. SUN - Arkansas St (Brian Boyer, 20 yrs)
    8. CAA - College of Charleston (Candice Jackson, 5 yrs)
  • Lower
    1. SUM - No Dakota St (Maren Walseth of Simsbury/Penn St, 5 yrs)
    2. STHL - Incarnate Word (Christy Smith of Arkansas 98 F4 team, 3 yrs)
    3. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs)
    4. ASUN - Lipscomb (Greg Brown, 7 yrs)
    5. OVC - Eastern Ky (Chrissy Roberts, 11 yrs)
    6. AmE - UMBC (Phil Stern, 17 yrs)
    7. NEC - St Francis PA (Joe Haigh, 7 yrs)
    8. NEC - LIU Brooklyn (Stephanie Del Preore, 4 yrs)
    9. MEAC - Florida A&M (LeDawn Gibson, 10 yrs)
    10. SWAC - Ark Pine Bluff (Nate Kilbert, 7 yrs)
    11. STH - Samford (Mike Morris, 17 yrs) - Retired
 
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  • P5:
    1. Penn St (Coquese, 12 yrs)
    2. GaTech (Joseph, 16 yrs)
  • Mid
    1. BGE - Xavier (Brian Neal, 6 yrs)
    2. AAC - East Carolina (Heather Macy)
    3. A10 - Richmond (Michael Shafer, 14 yrs)
    4. A10 - URI (Daynia La-Force, 5 yrs)
    5. SUN - Ga Southern (Kip Drown, 4 yrs)
    6. SUN - LA Monroe (Jeff Dow, 5 yrs)
    7. SUN - Arkansas St (Brian Boyer, 20 yrs)
    8. CAA - College of Charleston (Candice Jackson, 5 yrs)
  • Lower
    1. SUM - No Dakota St (Maren Walseth of Simsbury/Penn St, 5 yrs)
    2. STHL - Incarnate Word (Christy Smith of Arkansas 98 F4 team, 3 yrs)
    3. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs)
    4. ASUN - Lipscomb (Greg Brown, 7 yrs)
    5. OVC - Eastern Ky (Chrissy Roberts, 11 yrs)
    6. AmE - UMBC (Phil Stern, 17 yrs)
    7. NEC - St Francis PA (Joe Haigh, 7 yrs)
    8. NEC - LIU Brooklyn (Stephanie Del Preore, 4 yrs)
    9. NEC - Fairleigh D (Peter Cinella, 12 yrs)
    10. MEAC - Florida A&M (LeDawn Gibson, 10 yrs)
    11. SWAC - Ark Pine Bluff (Nate Kilbert, 7 yrs)
    12. STH - Samford (Mike Morris, 17 yrs) - Retired
 

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24 spots, 1 filled:
  • P5:
    1. Penn St (Coquese, 12 yrs)
    2. GaTech (Joseph, 16 yrs)
    3. Tenn (Warlick, 7 yrs)
  • Mid
    1. BGE - Xavier (Brian Neal, 6 yrs)
    2. AAC - East Carolina (Heather Macy)
    3. A10 - Richmond (Michael Shafer, 14 yrs)
    4. A10 - URI (Daynia La-Force, 5 yrs)
    5. SUN - Ga Southern (Kip Drown, 4 yrs)
    6. SUN - LA Monroe (Jeff Dow, 5 yrs)
    7. SUN - Arkansas St (Brian Boyer, 20 yrs)
    8. CAA - College of Charleston (Candice Jackson, 5 yrs)
    9. CAA - Hofstra (Krista Kilburn-Stevesky , 13 yrs)
  • Lower
    1. SUM - No Dakota St (Maren Walseth of Simsbury/Penn St, 5 yrs)
    2. STHL - Incarnate Word (Christy Smith of Arkansas 98 F4 team, 3 yrs)
    3. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs)
    4. ASUN - Lipscomb (Greg Brown, 7 yrs)
    5. OVC - Eastern Ky (Chrissy Roberts, 11 yrs) --> Samantha Williams (Lou asst)
    6. AmE - UMBC (Phil Stern, 17 yrs)
    7. NEC - St Francis PA (Joe Haigh, 7 yrs)
    8. NEC - LIU Brooklyn (Stephanie Del Preore, 4 yrs)
    9. NEC - Fairleigh D (Peter Cinella, 12 yrs)
    10. MEAC - Florida A&M (LeDawn Gibson, 10 yrs)
    11. SWAC - Ark Pine Bluff (Nate Kilbert, 7 yrs)
    12. STH - Samford (Mike Morris, 17 yrs) - Retired
 

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25 spots, 1 filled:
  • P5:
    1. Penn St (Coquese, 12 yrs)
    2. GaTech (Joseph, 16 yrs)
    3. Tenn (Warlick, 7 yrs)
  • Mid
    1. BGE - Xavier (Brian Neal, 6 yrs)
    2. AAC - East Carolina (Heather Macy)
    3. A10 - Richmond (Michael Shafer, 14 yrs)
    4. A10 - URI (Daynia La-Force, 5 yrs)
    5. SUN - Ga Southern (Kip Drown, 4 yrs) --> Anita Howard, Columbus St (D2)
    6. SUN - LA Monroe (Jeff Dow, 5 yrs)
    7. SUN - Arkansas St (Brian Boyer, 20 yrs)
    8. CAA - College of Charleston (Candice Jackson, 5 yrs)
    9. CAA - Hofstra (Krista Kilburn-Stevesky , 13 yrs)
  • Lower
    1. SUM - No Dakota St (Maren Walseth of Simsbury/Penn St, 5 yrs)
    2. STHL - Incarnate Word (Christy Smith of Arkansas 98 F4 team, 3 yrs)
    3. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs)
    4. ASUN - Lipscomb (Greg Brown, 7 yrs)
    5. OVC - Eastern Ky (Chrissy Roberts, 11 yrs) --> Samantha Williams (Lou asst)
    6. AmE - UMBC (Phil Stern, 17 yrs)
    7. NEC - St Francis PA (Joe Haigh, 7 yrs)
    8. NEC - LIU Brooklyn (Stephanie Del Preore, 4 yrs)
    9. NEC - Fairleigh D (Peter Cinella, 12 yrs)
    10. MEAC - Florida A&M (LeDawn Gibson, 10 yrs)
    11. SWAC - Ark Pine Bluff (Nate Kilbert, 7 yrs)
    12. STH - Samford (Mike Morris, 17 yrs) - Retired
    13. STH - W Carolina (Stephanie McCormick, 4 yrs)
 
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Holy Cross longtime coach (and Geno pal) Bill Gibbons out. Had been put on leave mid-season. Remember the days of that early season game, every once in a while in Worcester, against the Cross?


26 spots, 4 filled:
  • P5:
    1. Penn St (Coquese, 12 yrs)
    2. GaTech (Joseph, 16 yrs)
    3. Tenn (Warlick, 7 yrs)
  • Mid
    1. BGE - Xavier (Brian Neal, 6 yrs)
    2. AAC - East Carolina (Heather Macy) --> Kim McNeill, Hartford
    3. A10 - Richmond (Michael Shafer, 14 yrs)
    4. A10 - URI (Daynia La-Force, 5 yrs)
    5. SUN - Ga Southern (Kip Drown, 4 yrs) --> Anita Howard, Columbus St (D2)
    6. SUN - LA Monroe (Jeff Dow, 5 yrs)
    7. SUN - Arkansas St (Brian Boyer, 20 yrs)
    8. CAA - College of Charleston (Candice Jackson, 5 yrs)
    9. CAA - Hofstra (Krista Kilburn-Stevesky , 13 yrs)
  • Lower
    1. SUM - No Dakota St (Maren Walseth of Simsbury/Penn St, 5 yrs)
    2. STHL - Incarnate Word (Christy Smith of Arkansas 98 F4 team, 3 yrs)
    3. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs)
    4. ASUN - Lipscomb (Greg Brown, 7 yrs)
    5. OVC - Eastern Ky (Chrissy Roberts, 11 yrs) --> Samantha Williams (Lou asst)
    6. AmE - UMBC (Phil Stern, 17 yrs)
    7. NEC - St Francis PA (Joe Haigh, 7 yrs)
    8. NEC - LIU Brooklyn (Stephanie Del Preore, 4 yrs)
    9. NEC - Fairleigh D (Peter Cinella, 12 yrs)
    10. MEAC - Florida A&M (LeDawn Gibson, 10 yrs)
    11. SWAC - Ark Pine Bluff (Nate Kilbert, 7 yrs)
    12. STH - Samford (Mike Morris, 17 yrs) - Retired
    13. STH - W Carolina (Stephanie McCormick, 4 yrs)
    14. PAT - Holy Cross (Bill Gibbons, 34 yrs) --> Ann McInerney interim (HC asst)
 

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Felisha Legette-Jack has interviewed at Penn St
 

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26 spots, 4 filled:

P5
  1. Penn St (Coquese, 12 yrs)
  2. GaTech (Joseph, 16 yrs)
  3. Tenn (Warlick, 7 yrs)
Mid
  1. BGE - Xavier (Brian Neal, 6 yrs)
  2. AAC - East Carolina (Heather Macy) --> Kim McNeill, Hartford
  3. A10 - Richmond (Michael Shafer, 14 yrs)
  4. A10 - URI (Daynia La-Force, 5 yrs)
  5. SUN - Ga Southern (Kip Drown, 4 yrs) --> Anita Howard, Columbus St (D2)
  6. SUN - LA Monroe (Jeff Dow, 5 yrs)
  7. SUN - Arkansas St (Brian Boyer, 20 yrs)
  8. CAA - College of Charleston (Candice Jackson, 5 yrs)
  9. CAA - Hofstra (Krista Kilburn-Stevesky , 13 yrs)
Lower
  1. SUM - No Dakota St (Maren Walseth of Simsbury/Penn St, 5 yrs)
  2. STHL - Incarnate Word (Christy Smith of Arkansas 98 F4 team, 3 yrs)
  3. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs) --> Michael Meek (G Fox D3 HC)
  4. ASUN - Lipscomb (Greg Brown, 7 yrs)
  5. OVC - Eastern Ky (Chrissy Roberts, 11 yrs) --> Samantha Williams (Lou asst)
  6. AmE - UMBC (Phil Stern, 17 yrs)
  7. NEC - St Francis PA (Joe Haigh, 7 yrs)
  8. NEC - LIU Brooklyn (Stephanie Del Preore, 4 yrs)
  9. NEC - Fairleigh D (Peter Cinella, 12 yrs)
  10. MEAC - Florida A&M (LeDawn Gibson, 10 yrs)
  11. SWAC - Ark Pine Bluff (Nate Kilbert, 7 yrs)
  12. STH - Samford (Mike Morris, 17 yrs) - Retired
  13. STH - W Carolina (Stephanie McCormick, 4 yrs)
  14. PAT - Holy Cross (Bill Gibbons, 34 yrs) --> Ann McInerney interim (HC asst)
 

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26 spots, 4 filled:



Lower

  1. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs) --> Michael Meek (G Fox D3 HC)
Same path as Scott Rueck took from George Fox D3 to D1 Oregon State.

University of Portland Hires Michael Meek as Women’s Basketball Head Coach - Women's Hoop Dirt


With a career collegiate coaching record of 230-35 (.868), Meek ranks fourth in career winning percentage among active coaches with five-plus years of experience at all divisions of women’s college basketball.

George Fox have been a historical Division III power in women’s basketball and Meek was the fastest coach in program history to reach 100 wins. He succeeded current Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck at George Fox.
 

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27 spots, 6 filled:

P5
  1. Penn St (Coquese, 12 yrs)
  2. GaTech (Joseph, 16 yrs)
  3. Tenn (Warlick, 7 yrs)
Mid
  1. BGE - Xavier (Brian Neal, 6 yrs)
  2. AAC - East Carolina (Heather Macy) --> Kim McNeill, Hartford
  3. A10 - Richmond (Michael Shafer, 14 yrs)
  4. A10 - URI (Daynia La-Force, 5 yrs)
  5. SUN - Ga Southern (Kip Drown, 4 yrs) --> Anita Howard, Columbus St (D2)
  6. SUN - LA Monroe (Jeff Dow, 5 yrs)
  7. SUN - Arkansas St (Brian Boyer, 20 yrs) --> Matt Daniel
  8. CAA - College of Charleston (Candice Jackson, 5 yrs)
  9. CAA - Hofstra (Krista Kilburn-Stevesky , 13 yrs)
Lower
  1. SUM - No Dakota St (Maren Walseth of Simsbury/Penn St, 5 yrs)
  2. STHL - Incarnate Word (Christy Smith of Arkansas 98 F4 team, 3 yrs)
  3. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs) --> Michael Meek (G Fox D3 HC)
  4. ASUN - Lipscomb (Greg Brown, 7 yrs)
  5. OVC - Eastern Ky (Chrissy Roberts, 11 yrs) --> Samantha Williams (Lou asst)
  6. AmE - UMBC (Phil Stern, 17 yrs)
  7. AmE - Hartford (Kim McNeil, 3 yrs) to ECU
  8. NEC - St Francis PA (Joe Haigh, 7 yrs)
  9. NEC - LIU Brooklyn (Stephanie Del Preore, 4 yrs)
  10. NEC - Fairleigh D (Peter Cinella, 12 yrs)
  11. MEAC - Florida A&M (LeDawn Gibson, 10 yrs)
  12. SWAC - Ark Pine Bluff (Nate Kilbert, 7 yrs)
  13. STH - Samford (Mike Morris, 17 yrs) - Retired
  14. STH - W Carolina (Stephanie McCormick, 4 yrs)
  15. PAT - Holy Cross (Bill Gibbons, 34 yrs) --> Ann McInerney interim (HC asst)
Ark St hired Matt Daniel, a medicore former coach at Marshall (71-85 over 2012-17). Only thing he seems to bring to the table is that he's a Jonesboro native, so maybe they're saving on moving costs.
 

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Hatchell is in trouble. And we still havent heard anything from Rutgers. Or maybe there's nothing to hear. It just seemed like CVS might not be coming back.

And then still waiting on Tenn, Penn St. Havent heard anything about GT search.
 

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27 spots, 7 filled:

P5
  1. Penn St (Coquese, 12 yrs)
  2. GaTech (Joseph, 16 yrs)
  3. Tenn (Warlick, 7 yrs)
Mid
  1. BGE - Xavier (Brian Neal, 6 yrs)
  2. AAC - East Carolina (Heather Macy) --> Kim McNeill, Hartford
  3. A10 - Richmond (Michael Shafer, 14 yrs)
  4. A10 - URI (Daynia La-Force, 5 yrs)
  5. SUN - Ga Southern (Kip Drown, 4 yrs) --> Anita Howard, Columbus St (D2)
  6. SUN - LA Monroe (Jeff Dow, 5 yrs)
  7. SUN - Arkansas St (Brian Boyer, 20 yrs) --> Matt Daniel (Marshall 2012-17)
  8. CAA - College of Charleston (Candice Jackson, 5 yrs)
  9. CAA - Hofstra (Krista Kilburn-Stevesky , 13 yrs)
Lower
  1. SUM - No Dakota St (Maren Walseth of Simsbury/Penn St, 5 yrs)
  2. STHL - Incarnate Word (Christy Smith - Ark 98 F4 team, 3 yrs) --> Jeff Dow (fired from ULM)
  3. WCC - Portland (Cheryl Sorenson, 5 yrs) --> Michael Meek, Geo Fox (D3)
  4. ASUN - Lipscomb (Greg Brown, 7 yrs)
  5. OVC - Eastern Ky (Chrissy Roberts, 11 yrs) --> Samantha Williams (Lou asst)
  6. AmE - UMBC (Phil Stern, 17 yrs)
  7. AmE - Hartford (Kim McNeil, 3 yrs) to ECU
  8. NEC - St Francis PA (Joe Haigh, 7 yrs)
  9. NEC - LIU Brooklyn (Stephanie Del Preore, 4 yrs)
  10. NEC - Fairleigh D (Peter Cinella, 12 yrs)
  11. MEAC - Florida A&M (LeDawn Gibson, 10 yrs)
  12. SWAC - Ark Pine Bluff (Nate Kilbert, 7 yrs)
  13. STH - Samford (Mike Morris, 17 yrs) - Retired
  14. STH - W Carolina (Stephanie McCormick, 4 yrs)
  15. PAT - Holy Cross (Bill Gibbons, 34 yrs) --> Ann McInerney interim (HC asst)
Ark St hired Matt Daniel, a medicore former coach at Marshall (71-85 over 2012-17). Only thing he seems to bring to the table is that he's a Jonesboro native, so maybe they're saving on moving costs.

Jeff Dow got fired at ULM and dropped down to Incarnate Word
 
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While as a Bucknell fan I hope their women's basketball coach, Aaron Roussell loves Lewisburg, PA and stays there forever, after taking a program that went 5-25 four years ago to 28 wins this past year and the NCAA's two of the past three years, predict he will end up with one of the better jobs. Penn State is only an hour up road?
 
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While as a Bucknell fan I hope their women's basketball coach, Aaron Roussell loves Lewisburg, PA and stays there forever, after taking a program that went 5-25 four years ago to 28 wins this past year and the NCAA's two of the past three years, predict he will end up with one of the better jobs. Penn State is only an hour up road?

Yes, he is a great coach. Just to set the record straight, their 5-25 season was in 2011-12. Time flies. Roussell has now been there for seven years. The Bison record over the past four years is 102-30, including 64-8 in regular season league play. And with the Patriot League academic index, he has to contend with academic requirements only coaches in the Patriot and Ivy Leagues have to face.

Penn State is likely one of the few destinations he would consider, as he and his family love Lewisburg,which is a great place to raise kids. PSU's Bryce Jordan Center is only slightly over an hour away.
 
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Yes, he is a great coach. Just to set the record straight, their 5-25 season was in 2011-12. Time flies. Roussell has now been there for seven years. The Bison record over the past four years is 102-30, including 64-8 in regular season league play. And with the Patriot League academic index, he has to contend with academic requirements only coaches in the Patriot and Ivy Leagues have to face.

Penn State is likely one of the few destinations he would consider, as he and his family love Lewisburg,which is a great place to raise kids. PSU's Bryce Jordan Center is only slightly over an hour away.
Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like there are some alumni roots behind the post.:)
 

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