Loyola coaching search rumors
Roy Schmidt of Illinois Preps Bulls-Eye put out another name for the Loyola coaching search on Twitter on Monday morning when he suggested that Vanderbilt assistant coach Tom Richardson is a candidate.
The facts of the matter match up too. Richardson does have a Midwestern background, he coached at Illinois State and had a lot of success... as an assistant. Once Kevin Stallings left for Vanderbilt he was given the head job and went 56-64 with two second place finishes in the Missouri Valley Conference and two NIT appearances in four seasons.
Then Richardson left and ended up at Vanderbilt with Stallings.
Another name that has come up
is Western Michigan's Steve Hawkins
. He's sort of in the same vein as Richardson, but a little more successful. Hawkins is 124-98 at Western Michigan and has an NCAA appearance and an NIT appearance. But both of those came at the very beginning of his tenure. Also, Jim Whitesell's
Loyola team beat Hawkins' Western Michigan team at the beginning of the season, by 18 points on the road.
It is also worth noting that Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley
and former Indiana assistant Dane Fife
, who is now the head coach at IPFW
, have also been rumored as possible candidates not only for the Loyola job, but also Northern Illinois
. While IPFW is a program on the rise in the Summit League, Fife hasn't really shown any notable successes with the Mastodons. He's 82-97 overall and went 18-12 last season. Buckley fits right into the category of guys that have been there and done that
before. He went 143-139 in six seasons as the head coach of Ball State.
I'm not sure where the value in these hires would be for Loyola. I hope they're a little more creative in the search.