Who should Drake hire?

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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby pafan » March 24th, 2017, 9:46 pm

Drakey wrote:At this point in time, where realistically can a mid major school go to find a coach? Have there been any real successful hires in the Valley, other than Marshall over the past ten years. If so, where did they come from? I'm not counting Jacobsen since he was already there.


It's a fair question. If you're an assistant at Indiana and making $282k, why would you leave that for $350k, and the challenge that is Drake? Heck, each of Tom Crean's assistants made more than a few MVC head coaches.

Certainly some BCS assistants would want to make a name for themselves as a head coach, but tier 1 candidates would probably prefer to take over a successful team in the Patriot League or A-Sun than Drake.
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Postby municup14 » March 25th, 2017, 7:00 am

What about the former coach at Missouri.He wan a D 2 title a couple of years ago
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby BCPanther » March 25th, 2017, 7:10 am

municup14 wrote:What about the former coach at Missouri.He wan a D 2 title a couple of years ago


He took a DII job at Pittsburg State.
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby Wufan » March 25th, 2017, 7:43 am

pafan wrote:
Drakey wrote:At this point in time, where realistically can a mid major school go to find a coach? Have there been any real successful hires in the Valley, other than Marshall over the past ten years. If so, where did they come from? I'm not counting Jacobsen since he was already there.


It's a fair question. If you're an assistant at Indiana and making $282k, why would you leave that for $350k, and the challenge that is Drake? Heck, each of Tom Crean's assistants made more than a few MVC head coaches.

Certainly some BCS assistants would want to make a name for themselves as a head coach, but tier 1 candidates would probably prefer to take over a successful team in the Patriot League or A-Sun than Drake.


I think any team that is serious about winning needs to start well north of $500K.
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby acesfool » March 25th, 2017, 1:05 pm

I think Marty Simmons would be a great hire for Drake.
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby DUBulldog » March 26th, 2017, 4:56 pm

Nothing official yet, but all kinds of national "experts" are reporting that Drake has hired Niko Medved of Furman.
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby DUBulldog » March 26th, 2017, 5:14 pm

Official now....Niko Medved is Drake's new head coach
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby Wufan » March 26th, 2017, 5:41 pm

DUBulldog wrote:Official now....Niko Medved is Drake's new head coach


Yeah or nay from the Drake faithful?
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby DUBulldog » March 26th, 2017, 6:11 pm

Wufan wrote:
DUBulldog wrote:Official now....Niko Medved is Drake's new head coach


Yeah or nay from the Drake faithful?


Overall positive. Considering where Drake is at, I'm happy to get a coach who has proven they can win at the Division 1 level.
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby AndShock » March 26th, 2017, 8:59 pm

That hire gets an A+ from me. Furman has been one of the programs I've followed quite a bit this year since they crushed it ATS. Actually thought Medved would be looking at something a bit better than Drake.
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby squirrel » March 27th, 2017, 7:38 am

Agreed. On paper looks like a solid hire. It will really be interesting if he were to bring in Molinari as an associate head coach. Not sure if Drake would be able to afford it, but there may be pressure on Miles to shake up his staff at Nebraska.
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Re: Who should Drake hire?

Postby DUBulldog » April 11th, 2017, 9:43 pm

No official announcements yet on his assistant coaches, but multiple sources are reporting two of his assistants. Sounds like there will be official announcement on Friday.

1. JR Blount will remain as assistant at Drake. He was brought in as DOBO 3 years ago and became an assistant coach last season. He is apparently somebody that all the players are very close to. Former Loyola player who has good connections in Chicago and Milwaukee.

2. Dave Thorson. Was an assistant at Minnesota under Clem Haskins in the early 90s, but has spent the last 23 years as head coach at DeLasalle High in Minneapolis area. Has won 9 state titles, including the last 6 years in a row. I would assume he has very strong connections in the Twin Cities area.
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