Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:22 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 12:24 pm

Brown fires head coach Jesse Agel

By Jeff Goodman

Brown has fired coach Jesse Agel. 

Agel was 39-79 in four years at the helm - including a 14-42 mark in the Ivy league. Brown was 8-23 this past season and 2-12 in league play. 

The school announced the decision on Monday afternoon. 

Agel was previously an assistant under Tom Brennan at Vermont and helped the Catamounts get to three NCAA tournaments. Associate head coach T.J. Sorrentine will take over on an interim basis. 

For a look at each of the firings and hirings so far this season, go to our "coaching changes" page.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 10:17 pm

Ed DeChellis leaves Penn State for Navy

Posted by Jeff Borzello

In a shocking coaching move, Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis is leaving the Nittany Lions for the vacant coaching job at Navy, sources confirmed to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.

The story was first reported by Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com.

DeChellis will replace Billy Lange, who left to become the associate head coach at Villanova.

"It's been a very, very dificult weekend for me and my family. If I break down, there's good reason for that," DeChellis said at a news conference Monday afternoon. "Penn State is a special place for me and my family, but I found another special place in the U.S. Naval Academy." 

By leaving Penn State, DeChellis leaves a bigger conference, a bigger school – and a bigger paycheck. David Jones of The Patriot-News reported that DeChellis was making $650,000 at Penn State, but will dip down to $450,000 at the Naval Academy.

"This is a great job ... a Big Ten job with Big Ten facilities. We've got all the bells and whistles," DeChellis said. "But to me, it's not about the bells and whistles. It's not about the large arenas anymore."

DeChellis went 222-232 in eight seasons at Penn State, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time this past March.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Photo: US Presswire 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 23, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 1:38 pm

Steve Prohm next to carry on Murray State legacy

Posted by Jeff Borzello

When Billy Kennedy left Murray State for the vacant Texas A&M head coaching position, it was assumed the Racers would hire someone who could keep the program consistently in the mix for the NCAA tournament.

“Besides VCU, Murray might be the next best stepping stone,” an Ohio Valley assistant told me when Kennedy took the A&M job. The assistant pointed to the lineage at Murray State: Scott Edgar left for Duquesne, Mark Gottfried to Alabama, Mick Cronin to Cincinnati and then Kennedy to Texas A&M.

It looks like Murray State picked the perfect man for the job: assistant coach Steve Prohm.

Prohm was Kennedy’s number one assistant for the last five years and knows the players and program as well as anyone.

“There’s no question he’s the best candidate for the job,” Kennedy told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “He knows this team. He knows Murray State. He’s been a part of winning championships. I couldn’t have been successful without him.”

Former players gave their endorsement for him as well.

“He has my stamp of approval,” Tony Easley said, according to the Courier-Journal. “I’m actually hoping and praying that he gets it.”

Prior to joining Kennedy at Murray State, Prohm was on the staff at Centenary, Southeastern Louisiana and Tulane.

With Murray State’s legacy and talent, he should be able to keep the winning ways going. There’s another factor working in his direction as well – support.

“They have the best resources in the league by far,” an OVC assistant said. “They just started a practice facility too – only team in the league with one." 

Based on everything, it looks like we could be writing a similar story in five years, when Prohm leaves for a head coaching spot in a BCS conference.

It’s just part of the job.

Photo: Murray Ledger

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 5:44 pm

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

Posted by Jeff Borzello

As first reported by Jeff Goodman of Foxsports.com and confirmed by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com, Maryland head coach Gary Williams is retiring.

Williams turned Maryland into a consistent national player during his 22 years in College Park, helping the Terrapins reach 14 NCAA tournaments in the last 18 years. They made seven Sweet 16 appearances and won a national championship in 2002.

Since the title, though, Maryland has fell back in the ACC pecking order. The Terrapins have not reached the Sweet 16 since 2003 and underachieved in Williams’ final season, going just 19-14 overall.

“It’s the right time,” Williams said in a statement.  “My entire career has been an unbelievable blessing.  I am fiercely proud of the program we have built here.  I couldn’t have asked any more from my players, my assistant coaches, the great Maryland fans and this great university.  Together, we did something very special here.”

This is going to be a difficult loss for the entire program.

Despite his distaste for the “underbelly” of recruiting, Williams was bringing in a very solid freshman class and seemed prepared to lead the Terrapins back to the NCAA tournament.

“Gary Williams is a legend,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said.  “His accomplishments on the court have earned him a place among the elite in college basketball history."

Williams coached at American, Boston College and Ohio State before going to Maryland, compiling an overall record of 667-376 in 33 seasons.

The other aspect of this, of course, is the coaching carousel. It just started spinning again.

Maryland will be a highly sought-after job in the coaching industry, due to its prime location between Baltimore and Washington D.C., long thought to be one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting basis.

Expect the athletic program to pursue marquee names to bring in as Williams’ replacement.

This hasn’t been a good week for the Maryland, as the Williams news comes on the heels of the Terps losing their best player to the NBA draft.

Forward Jordan Williams, who averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds last season, has signed with an agent. He announced he was testing the waters in late March, and the common school of thought was he did not intend to return to College Park.

The decision became official on Wednesday.

“We wish Jordan well as he pursues his dream of playing in the NBA,” Williams said in a statement.

Now, not only do the Terrapins have to replace their best player, they have to do it with a new coach. 

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