I'm going to be honest, I don't think you're going to see a lot of information about the next Mount basketball coach, until there actually is a next Mount basketball coach. Athletic Director Lynne Phelan Robinson declined to name names in this mornings Frederick Post This is the first time in 57 years that there has been a search. I think they are going to spend some time finding the next coach, yet I don't think it will drag on.
Here is what I know....
There are a lot of people expressing interest in the position.
The thought among the coaching community is that the jumping from Mt. St. Mary's to Holy Cross is a bit of a lateral move - and that doesn't help to attract the next coach. Because it means 1 of 2 things, A) The pay is a lot more at Holy Cross or a lot less at Mt. St. Mary's - depending on which way you look at it. B) The Mount and the NEC aren't direct lines to the level of coaching stops that most people are ultimately trying to achieve.
I think there is a sentiment that finding someone who would be interested in the longevity of the position is appealing.
There is an assistant on the Notre Dame staff with ties to the area - played at DeMatha.
It's always been known that the Mount is one of the smallest athletic budgets in the land. So that probably means, without an increased commitment to the program, you aren't going to draw interest from too many other Head Coaches. Cliff Warren at Jacksonville might be the one exception, by my guess is Warren would have to settle for less on the payscale.
A lot of local people are pushing for Tom Dickman, who was the coach at TJ in Frederick before moving onto Hood College. He might be the under the radar selection, but he knows X & O's and would have the tie to the community.
Two other names I've heard mentioned around Akbar Waheed an assistant at Niagara with DC ties and Bill Courtney the former assistant at Mason, now at Virginia Tech.
And the players - past, present and future - seem to have a real passion for the hiring coming from within, meaning Brion Dunlap would move one seat over on the bench.
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