Summit League Men’s Basketball Coaching Carousel Spinning Out Of Control
You expect turnover after every season on college basketball rosters, it’s the very nature of the sport with players getting no more than four years of eligibility before they move on.
Lately with the prevalence of ‘one and done’ players in top Division I programs, the number of new faces in uniform each season is at an all-time high.
But in the Summit League next season it will be the head of the bench that’s undergone a major transformation.
It’s only been a month since the Summit League Tournament concluded in Sioux Falls and already five of the conference’ eight men’s coaches are gone, and in even less time, four of those positions have been filled.
Here’s the timeline:
- March 9th – IUPUI fires Todd Howard after three seasons. He’s is replaced by Memphis assistant Jason Gardner April 2nd.
- March 11th – South Dakota decides not to bring back interim head coach Joey James. Nebraska assistant Craig Smith is hired March 24th.
- April 5th – North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips leaves the Bison after seven seasons to take over at Ohio. Three days later, assistant coach David Richman is promoted to take his place.
- April 9th – Fort Wayne’s Tony Jasick leaves the Mastodons after three seasons to become the head coach at Jacksonville State. The next day, assistant coach Jon Coffman takes over the IPFW program.
- April 10th – Western Illinois head coach Jim Molinari resigns after six seasons. Associate head coach Wade Hokenson will serve as acting head coach.
That leaves South Dakota State’s Scott Nagy (19 years), Omaha’s Darrin Hansen (9 years), and Denver’s Joe Scott (7 years) as the only Summit League coaches returning next season.
Another coach with long term stability returns to the Summit League next season when Scott Sutton’s Oral Roberts Golden Eagles return after a two-year absence. Sutton has been on the bench in Tulsa for the past 15 seasons.
So when the 2015 Summit League regular season starts in January, look for program sales to be at an all-time high. Because now, more than ever, you can’t tell the players, and especially the coaches, without one.