Potential Assistant Coaches


#1

Thought we could discuss some potential assistants that JB could bring in. Or at least some qualities you’d like to see in an assistant. We have two openings so I imagine the net will be pretty wide.

Priorities I have for an assistant:

  1. Defensive acumen - obvious one and I think most will point this out as well. Preferably someone that works with the pack line defense like Donlon.
  2. Recruitibg ties to MW - Donlon want a great recruiter, but Meyer was solid and had lots of ins in Indiana. The MW is still talent rich and it should (and is) be a priority.

#2

Tom Crean seems less like a crazy idea now, he can replace Meyer as a recruiter for a year or two.


#3

I would be shocked if Tom Crean were or wanted to be a candidate. He’s been a head coach for almost the last 20 years, has ties to Michigan State and Izzo, has been in shouting matches with Michigan coaches after a game in Crisler.

I can’t see him even wanting to be an assistant coach – I believe his son will be at IMG next year and I’d expect him to take a year off and maybe try to be closer to his family and then try for a head coaching job next year.


#4

Good point. Any early leads on potential candidates? With just Meyer gone I heard Beilein may just promote someone, but with two assistants gone he’ll definitely have to hire someone outside right?


#5

Got think Chris Hunter has a chance to be promoted.

My question is do both guys need to be from the Midwest and does JB look to fill one spot with a former head coach since Meyer and Donlon were.

When was the last quiet offseason for us?


#6

After the Harbaugh brothers ripped up Indiana for firing him I wouldn’t want him anywhere near Ann Arbor and that cabal.


#7

Darris Nichols maybe? Former WVU player for Beilein who is now an assistant at Florida.


#8

Posted a list of some natural candidates/targets on the Patreon board.

http://forum.umhoops.com/t/assistant-coaching-spots/2781/2

Will be interesting to see how this plays out because the timing is obviously really tricky.


#9

Think JB would look at Greg Paulus? Can’t stand the guy, but could potentially be a solid hire.


#10

Never giving up the Juwan Howard dream…


#11

Im not familiar with the personnel from either staffs, but are Crean and Matta’s respective assistant staffs looking for jobs? Did Miller and Holtmann hire all new staffs?


#12

Holtmann brought his entire staff from Butler to OSU.

Old OSU staff had Dave Dickerson, Chris Jent and Greg Paulus.

Indiana had Tim Buckley, Chuck Martin and Rob Judson.


#13

Tell me more about Chris Jent please


#14

Do you have any opinions on any of the 6?


#15

He missed a big shot in the 1992 NCAA tourney. :slight_smile:


#16

Ha, not quite what I was looking for. Jent intrigues me for a few reasons - comes from a defense oriented program, probably has some connections in useful states, from what I understand he’s excellent at OOT, OOB plays - OOB was obviously still a problem last year, OOT was good last year for the first time in a while - seemed to do a good job with big men development before the crop was mostly malcontents like Amir Williams… I’d prefer to hear from someone with more firsthand knowledge, but I wonder if he might not be a masterstroke.

They’re so diseased about the UM-OSU thing there, though, that I wonder if it would give him pause.


#17

Sanderson is an OSU guy.


#18

This is true. Although I wonder if he was in slightly less of a visible role than Jent, who was TM’s right hand man. Still, generally, these guys usually travel for the best opportunity.


#19

Im pissed about donlon. Both assistants getting up and leaving is bad. Timing sucks for recruiting. Really wanted him to help change our d culture.


#20

Some names with connections then some random ones. My biggest question is would JB take two younger coaches or does one need some head coaching experience.

One name that I would like to see is Preston Murphy from Michigan originally. Is at Creighton now but has been on the east coast for most of his career.