Next Indiana Coach? Take a closer look at six names that make sense. #iubb

Posted: March 3, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

I think everyone these days are assuming Tom Crean’s days at Indiana are numbered and as soon as the season is over the two parties will be parting ways.  There is still a part of me that thinks there is a small chance Crean gets one more year but frankly I’m not ever sure he would want to stay.

The question then turns to who is next?  Let’s start this off with scratching Stevens, Donovan, Alford, and Sean Miller off the list.  I just don’t see any of these guys leaving their current jobs (all better than the IU job) to come to Bloomington.

So then who?  Here are six names that keep coming up and seem to make the most sense.  Take a look and let us know what you think.

unknown-5Gregg Marshall – Wichita State

Age – 54

Born – Greenwood, South Carolina

Head Coaching Experience 

Winthrop Eagles (Big South Conference) (1998–2007)
1998–99 Winthrop 21–8 9–1 1st NCAA Round of 64 (16 Seed)
1999–00 Winthrop 21–9 11–3 2nd NCAA Round of 64 (14 Seed)
2000–01 Winthrop 18–13 11–3 2nd NCAA Round of 64 (16 Seed)
2001–02 Winthrop 19–12 10–4 1st NCAA Round of 64 (16 Seed)
2002–03 Winthrop 20–10 11–3 1st
2003–04 Winthrop 16–12 10–6 T–3rd
2004–05 Winthrop 27–6 15–1 1st NCAA Round of 64 (14 Seed)
2005–06 Winthrop 23–8 13–3 1st NCAA Round of 64 (15 Seed)
2006–07 Winthrop 29–5 14–0 1st NCAA Round of 32 (11 Seed)
Winthrop: 194–83 (.700) 104–24 (.813)
Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (2007–present)
2007–08 Wichita State 11–20 4–14 9th
2008–09 Wichita State 17–17 8–10 T–5th CBI Second Round
2009–10 Wichita State 25–10 12–6 2nd NIT First Round
2010–11 Wichita State 29–8 14–4 2nd NIT Champions
2011–12 Wichita State 27–6 16–2 1st NCAA Round of 64 (5 Seed)
2012–13 Wichita State 30–9 12–6 2nd NCAA Final Four (9 Seed)
2013–14 Wichita State 35–1 18–0 1st NCAA Round of 32 (1 Seed)
2014–15 Wichita State 30–5 17–1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen (7 Seed)
2015–16 Wichita State 26–9 16–2 1st NCAA Round of 32 (11 Seed)
2016–17 Wichita State 27–4 17–1 T–1st
Wichita State: 257–89 (.743) 132–46 (.742)
Total: 451–172 (.724)

My 2 cents – Word out of Lexington is Kentucky AD, Mitch Barnhart, has Gregg Marshall on a short list if Coach Cal would ever leave for the Association and I have never been too excited about it.  There is just something about him that reminds me too much of Tom Crean and that sends chills up my spine.  And if you remind people of Crean around Bloomington that can’t be a great thing, right?

 

 

images-6Chris Mack – Xavier

Age – 47

Born – Cleveland, Ohio

Head Coaching Experience 

Xavier (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2009–2013)
2009–10 Xavier 26–9 14–2 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–11 Xavier 24–8 15–1 1st NCAA Second Round
2011–12 Xavier 23–13 10–6 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Xavier 17–14 9–7 T–6th
Xavier (Big East Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Xavier 21–13 10–8 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2014–15 Xavier 23–14 9–9 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2015–16 Xavier 28–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
2016–17 Xavier 17–6 7–3
Xavier: 179–83 (.688) 88–40 (.692)
Total: 175–79 (.688)

My 2 cents – Everything about this guy feels right.  A Ohio kid who played college ball at Evansville and Xavier.  He has had success recruiting the mid-west and the state of Indiana.

 

unknown-7Archie Miller – Dayton

Age – 38

Born – Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Head Coaching Experience 

Dayton Flyers (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12 Dayton 20–13 9–7 5th NIT First Round
2012–13 Dayton 17–14 7–9 11th
2013–14 Dayton 26–11 10–6 T–5th NCAA Elite Eight
2014–15 Dayton 27–9 13–5 T–2nd NCAA Round of 32
2015–16 Dayton 25–8 14–4 T–1st NCAA Round of 64
2016–17 Dayton 23-5 14-2 1st
Dayton: 138-60 (.697) 67-33 (.670)
Total: 138–60 (.697)

My 2 cents – Archie is good for sure but not the Miller brother many would love to see on the Indiana sideline but guess what, Sean is not leaving Arizona for the IU job.  The other reason this might not be a good fit is Archie’s alma mater, NC State, has an opening and would love to land Miller also.

images-7Scott Drew – Baylor

Age – 46

Born – Kansas City, Missouri

Head Coaching Experience 

Valparaiso Crusaders (Mid-Continent Conference) (2002–2003)
2002–03 Valparaiso 20–11 12–2 1st NIT Opening Round
Valparaiso: 20–11 (.645) 12–2 (.857)
Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference) (2003–present)
2003–04 Baylor 8–21 3–13 11th
2004–05 Baylor 9–19 1–15 12th
2005–06 Baylor 4–13 4–12 12th
2006–07 Baylor 15–16 4–12 11th
2007–08 Baylor 21–11 9–7 T–4th NCAA Round of 64
2008–09 Baylor 24–15 5–11 9th NIT Runner-up
2009–10 Baylor 28–8 11–5 T–2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2010–11 Baylor 18–13 7–9 T–7th
2011–12 Baylor 30–8 12–6 T–3rd NCAA Elite Eight
2012–13 Baylor 23–14 9–9 T–4th NIT Champions
2013–14 Baylor 26–12 9–9 T–6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2014–15 Baylor 24–10 11–7 T–4th NCAA Round of 64
2015–16 Baylor 22–12 10–8 T–5th NCAA Round of 64
2016–17 Baylor 23–5 10–5
Baylor: 275–176 (.610) 105–125 (.457)
Total: 295–187 (.612)

My 2 cents – Drew has Indiana roots having attended Butler University and cutting his coaching teeth under the watch of his legendary father, Homer, at Valpo.  There has always been rumblings that Drew lives in the grey areas when it comes to recruiting but with the way the NCAA has crawled up Baylor’s ass one would think if Scott was not following rules they would have found out by now.  I have never heard Drew’s name come up for other coaching openings but you would think Drew would love to escape the dark shadow of the slimiest school this side of Penn St. and Louisville.

 

 

unknown-8Chris Hotman – Butler

Age – 45

Born – Nicholasville, Kentucky

Head Coaching Experience 

Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (Big South) (2010–2013)
2010–11 Gardner-Webb 11–21 6–12 9th
2011–12 Gardner–Webb 12–20 6–12 10th
2012–13 Gardner–Webb 21–13 11–5 2nd (South) CIT First Round
Gardner-Webb: 44–54 (.449) 23–29 (.442)
Butler Bulldogs (Big East) (2014–present)
2014–15 Butler 23–11 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Third round (32)
2015–16 Butler 22–11 10–8 T–4th NCAA Second round (32)
2016–17 Butler 23–6 12–5 2nd
Butler: 68–28 (.708) 34–19 (.642)
Total: 112–82 (.577)

My 2 cents – Many people including myself had not heard of Chris Holtman before he was called on unexpectedly to take over the Butler program three years ago.  Well, it hasn’t taken people long to learn this guy can flat out coach.  Holtman has Indiana ties that run deep having played at Taylor University.  If Fred Glass’s recent memory has anything to due with his next hire the victory over the then #9 ranked Hoosiers in Indianapolis will likely loom big.

 

images-8Chris Collins – Northwestern

Age – 42

Born – Northbrook, Illinois

Head Coaching Experience 

Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Northwestern 14–19 6–12 T–10th
2014–15 Northwestern 15–17 6–12 T–10th
2015–16 Northwestern 20–12 8–10 9th
2016–17 Northwestern 21–9 10–7
Northwestern: 70–57 (.551) 30–42 (.423)
Total: 70–57 (.551)

My 2 cents – Chris Collins is certainly a hot name right now but coach K deciples have not fared the best long term when out on their own.  There are questions whether Collins will stay put where he is until the Duke job opens up also.  Could he work? Sure, but out of all the names mentioned this one seems like the least likely.

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