Who could be Tech’s next coach?

With Dan Radakovich’s decision to fire Paul Hewitt as Georgia Tech’s basketball coach, who could become the 13th leader in the program’s history?

It’s an interesting question because Radakovich has made some interesting hires since coming to Tech in 2006.

He has taken what could be considered chances in many of the sports, from the non-revenues to football.

He plucked assistants from other schools to lead softball and volleyball. He promoted an assistant to lead the swimming and diving teams.

Even the hire of Paul Johnson as the football coach surprised some. While Johnson was an established coach with a proven history of success at Georgia Southern and Navy, his experiences at Annapolis weren’t what would be considered the usual in college football. Agents and players leaving early or transferring, for example, weren’t things Johnson had to deal with often. But that move, like the others, has worked well.

But, with a $45 million arena set to open in 2012, will Radakovich gamble and continue his interesting pattern of hires or will he do what Virginia and Clemson have recently done and try to lure a winning coach from a mid-major program? Or will he try to hire to a big name to ensure the McCamish Pavilion stays filled?

Also keep in mind that the Georgia Tech Athletics Association isn’t flush with cash, and that was before the decision to fire Hewitt, which will cost $7.2 million, per his contract. But what’s an extra million when you’re building a new arena, especially if it will draw fans. Don’t forget that Tech’s average home attendance (6,095) in 2010-11 was its lowest in years, and that the GTAA projected an $1 million decrease in ticket and seat-related revenues compared to 2007-08. A new arena will draw fans for a while. But eventually the team has to win consistently.

So, who will be the new pied piper?

Here’s a recap of what colleague Mark Bradley wrote a while back. I’m going to cut-and-paste the good stuff below with some paraphrased editing. If you want to the read whole thing, click on the link.

A couple of these candidates fit the pattern Radakovich has at Tech. A few don’t.

Mike Anderson, Missouri: He presides over a Top 25 program in a major conference. (And Missouri can throw money at him to stay.) But he grew up in Birmingham and coached at UAB and worked under Nolan Richardson at Arkansas, and he might have a hankering to return to the South. And I for one would love to see his full-tilt style shake up the rather staid ACC.

Scott Drew, Baylor: He coached under his famous dad Homer at Valparaiso and has worked since 2003 in Waco, where he inherited a program leveled by a scandal involving the murder of a by a former player. Last spring he took the Bears to the Elite Eight, after which he signed a 10-year extension. Not sure he’d leave for Tech, but how much longer is a coach this young (40) and skilled apt to stay in Waco?

Brian Gregory, Dayton: He doesn’t fit the definition of a Hot Young Guy. He’s 44, which isn’t that young, but he’s 167-89 in seven-plus seasons at a mid-major that takes the sport seriously, and he apprenticed under Tom Izzo at Michigan State.

Cuonzo Martin, Missouri State: Here’s your Hot Young Guy. Martin was Glenn Robinson’s wingman at Purdue when the Big Dog was the best player in college basketball. Martin played in Europe and survived non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has become a coach of growing portfolio. He won 24 games last season at Missouri State, which as Southwest Missouri State perpetrated a memorable NCAA tournament upset of Clemson at the old Omni. Another reason to like Martin: He worked under Gene Keady at Purdue, and Keady assistants do well. Think Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt, Bruce Weber at Illinois and now Matt Painter with the Boilermakers.

Chris Mooney, Richmond: Good young coach — he’s 38 — at another pedigreed mid-major. He played under the legendary Pete Carril at Princeton, which means, surprisingly enough, that he runs the Princeton Offense. Mooney led the Spiders to the NCAA tournament last season.

Mark Turgeon, Texas A&M: Played under Larry Brown at Kansas, coached under both Brown and Roy Williams there. Turgeon also signed a contract extension after last season, in which he took the Aggies to the NCAA tournament for the third time in three tries. Not sure he’d leave for Tech, either, unless he just wants out of College Station and into the ACC. (A&M is rumored to be bound for the SEC, which might or might not be a consideration.)

Craig Neal, New Mexico: Known as Noodles when he played at Tech, where he first served as Mark Price’s backup before becoming an outstanding point after Price departed. He has been Steve Alford’s chief assistant in Albuquerque since 2007, and last season the Lobos were 30-5 and entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 3 seed. I cannot imagine a circumstance in which Neal would not crawl to Atlanta for a chance to coach his alma mater.

Herb Sendek, Arizona State: He’s the dullest guy in the world, and he’s not a great recruiter. He left N.C. State in a snit because Wolfpack fans weren’t satisfied with five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. There’s a chance Sendek could get fired this season. It’s not often a big-time program hires a coach who has just been canned at another school, but Sendek does have a history of winning in the ACC. He was 46-34 in league play his final five seasons at State.

109 comments Add your comment


March 12th, 2011
12:21 pm

Hire Mark Fox!

Wes Chandler

March 12th, 2011
12:24 pm

MARK PRICE http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mark-Price-to-coach-Georgia-Tech/159292307460181 Go here to support!!!!11

hooters girl

March 12th, 2011
12:42 pm

Hey Sexy Doug your column sucks….


March 12th, 2011
12:43 pm

Mark Price is a great guy but what is his experience RUNNING a program? Next…

Mark pendley

March 12th, 2011
12:47 pm

How about Dino Gaudio? He is available, and did a good job at Wake Forest. Would he be too expensive?


March 12th, 2011
12:47 pm

The revolving door at GT continues! HBTD!! State Champs again in all sports of (revenue producing) consequence!!!

Simon Bar Sinister

March 12th, 2011
12:48 pm

I agree. I don’t know how Price would do as a head coach.

Anybody is going to be an improvement. They won’t do worse, and they’ll cost less money, probably.

Craig Neal has experience. I still get a little mad when I see Steve Alford’s name, since he took Price’s spot on the Olympic team, but that was Bobby Knight’s fault, really.


March 12th, 2011
12:55 pm

Brad Stevens!!!!!


March 12th, 2011
12:57 pm

As an avid Dog fan, and resident of Athens, I would love for Tech to hire Dennis Felton.
Go Dogs


March 12th, 2011
1:03 pm

Raid the SEC and get Anthony Grant. Now that would be a noisemaker – in a positive way.


March 12th, 2011
1:08 pm

I appologize for interrupting this BB board with a question. Where did this A&M joining the SEC come from? Does that mean Clemson may be the east addition for balance? I believe they would jump at the opportunity.

William Satterwhite

March 12th, 2011
1:08 pm

Gregg Marshall at Wichita St might not be a “sexy” name but is a good, relatively young coach with an established track record of success at multiple schools and close ties to the south.


March 12th, 2011
1:16 pm

Bring BOBBY Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rodney Dangerfield

March 12th, 2011
1:18 pm

I don’t care who they hire. I just hope I don’t have to watch the missed free throws, dumb turnovers, and one and dones anymore.


March 12th, 2011
1:18 pm

Stansbury at Miss St.????????


March 12th, 2011
1:23 pm

Donnie Tydall from Morehead State, in NCAA for 2nd Tim in 3years. Home record is 28-1 or something over last 3 years. Young coach who can win!!! No retreads we need someone who will stay and has been a head coach


March 12th, 2011
1:28 pm

We need a big name coach guys…Shake this program up.


March 12th, 2011
1:36 pm

I don’t understand why Mike Davis from UAB is not on this list. No one in the country has done more with less than Mike Davis. Put at a place like Tech with some resources and he’ll work miracles.


March 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

Mike Anderson would be perfect the ACC needs someone who can recruit and bring some excitment.


March 12th, 2011
1:49 pm

Craig Neal — knows Tech, experienced assistant coach with a record of success, wouldn’t be too expensive.


March 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

Mark Fox needs to call the go see Julian Royal as soon as the NCAA allows him to! Based on how much Tech can’t pay you can take most of those guys off the list! All Tech coming after them is going to do is get them raises! For example if they come after Fox & UGA will just give him a raise that Tech will never be able to match! That & maybe more arena improvements if that’s what it takes. The only jobs I see us possibly loosing Fox to are: Kansas or NC. On that list Craig Neal makes is the best fit.

HERE YOU GO Priceless

March 12th, 2011
3:13 pm

Herb Sendek? NC St could not have run him off fast enough. Have you lost your mind? MB, tell me what you have against GT allowing former GT greats running the program? Obviously you do because you have never had a kind word to say about Mark Price, a 4 time all ACC, all American, someone who had his jersey retired at both GT and with the Cleveland Cavaliers? You do not think he has any coaching ability or experience? What a joke. His dad coached him, a former Phoenix Suns assistant coach. Have you ever taken the time to check out his basketball academy on youtube? I realize Price is a consultant to the Atlanta Hawks who are not a contender but just how much authority does a consultant get with NBA playera? Do they want to learn the correct fundamentals of basketball after already in the pros?

GT has many more to choose from as well. Why don’t you contact a few former greats and get their input. How many would be interested in applying for the job? Or bring back Bobby Cremins, the 7 million would be recouped in no time with his charisma. Does any of these coaches mentioned above have an overall better record than Cremins? Do they love GT more than Cremins? If you say his age is a factor, than how old do you think Coach K is?

I am tired of treating former GT greats as if none of them have any knowledge of the game now so we need to hire Joe Schmoe at Sisters of the Poor who honestly isn’t fit to carry the shoes of some of the GT former great players. At least watch this video


Price says at the end of this 2 minute video he feels like he is still the underdog, and once again, no respect from anyone at AJC

bye bye blewitt

March 12th, 2011
3:46 pm

Price is at the top of the list.

JR from VR

March 12th, 2011
5:16 pm

What about Blaine Taylor from Old Dominion?


March 12th, 2011
5:46 pm

What about Billy Gillespie, formerly of Kentucky?


March 12th, 2011
5:47 pm

Why the heck would we want Mark Price? i love the guy too, but what does he know about coaching? i don’t care what he did at a high school program. and none of the kids he’d be recruiting were even born when he was playing. stupid idea.


March 12th, 2011
5:57 pm

Andy Kennedy at Ole Miss. His teams play bigger and better than they are, he has been successful with a limited recruiting pool, and he has ACC experience (NC State). Not real pretty, but intense and committed.


March 12th, 2011
6:00 pm

I respect MB’s analyses of college basketball and his ability to generate interest with his columns without resorting to shock-and-rumor tactics. But I did not agree with his list of possible prospects when it appeared several weeks ago, and no one on the list has really grown on me since then. The coach at Baylor may have some potential here. Pardon my ignorance, but is the guy at Butler suddenly untouchable?


March 12th, 2011
6:05 pm

Mark Price is a treasure, but I am not familiar enough with his coaching credentials yet to get excited about him as a head coach. So much more administrative responsibility is required of head coaches–who must generally delegate the kind of one-on-one attention Price seems so good at as a shooting consultant to several teams in the NBA, and at the facility in Suwanee.


March 12th, 2011
6:11 pm

Radakovich knows there is significant short-term value in hiring a fan favorite or Tech legend, but there has to be sufficient potential for long-term success in any selection. I don’t think a “safe” choice will cut it this time….the fanbase and the program both need someone who can generate immediate excitement (and ticket sales) with a legitimate plan for rebuilding.


March 12th, 2011
6:14 pm

I’d be excited to see Gregg Marshall at Wichita State, formally of Winthrop University to get the job.

Hire Bobby Knight and invest in folding chairs

March 12th, 2011
6:15 pm

Wilson Dunkit

March 12th, 2011
6:18 pm

Anyone who can provide a reasonable blueprint for success in the ACC at an academically-intense institution will get my support and dollars. Of course, finding someone who also has a good track record is hard to do. A real shame we didn’t get the Cornell guy last year before BC got him.

Fox to NCSU, Lowe to UGA, Neal to GT

March 12th, 2011
6:21 pm

It could happen. It won’t, but it could.

Wilson Dunkit

March 12th, 2011
6:30 pm

FMJ, just FYI, Brad Stevens at Bulter signed a 10-yr, $1M annual salary contract last year. Not sure if he would have come anyway, since Wake and BC took a shot at him last year without avail. I’m not really excited about anybody out there right now, I just want a real basketball coach for a change.

Wilson Dunkit

March 12th, 2011
6:31 pm

The Kennedy guy at Ole Miss had some legal issues pending, didn’t he? I like his style coaching, but Tech and Ole Miss, Atlanta and Oxford are so very different.


March 12th, 2011
6:47 pm

Donnie Tyndall is the guy Tech Fans should want! Check out his what he has accomplished at Morehead State, a program with little winning tradition until he arrived. Now NCAA 2 of last 3 years, 3 straight 20 win seasons, almost impossible to beat at home, and coaching the all time rebounding leader in Kenneth Faried. He can recruit and coach the players into winners!


March 12th, 2011
6:57 pm

Chris Collins, Duke Asst Coach:

Former Blue Devil player Chris Collins joined the Duke coaching staff as an assistant coach on July 22, 2000 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in the summer of 2008.

Collins’ 10-year resume at Duke includes an overall record of 297-60, seven ACC Tournament championships, four ACC regular season titles, six in-season tournament titles and most importantly, national championships in 2001 and 2010.

Collins has also served as a court coach and scout for Mike Krzyzewski, assisting the USA Basketball Senior National Team staff with on-court duties as well as game preparation since 2006, including during the program’s gold medal performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championships.


March 12th, 2011
8:01 pm

Noodles!…or either one of the guys at UAB or Augusta State.


March 12th, 2011
8:02 pm

so where’s all the folks who said they would not go with cph there? you in yet, or waiting to approve d-rads pick? it got ugly, Paul, but we’ll always have San An’-thanks for that,,,,,,

Old ChE

March 12th, 2011
8:20 pm

Tommy Amaker – current head coach at Harvard and formerly HC at Michigan and Seton Hall. A former great at Duke who knows and should recruit well in the ACC. This was his fourth year at Harvard and he took them to their first ever co-championship of the Ivy league, so he knows how to build a program. His time at Harvard (and Michigan) also shows that he can succeed at schools that are academically challenging.

Pittsburgh Jacket

March 12th, 2011
8:52 pm

This might be an unexpected name… but the hot rumor here in Pittsburgh is that Dan Radakovich is using his Pittsburgh contacts to go after Jamie Dixon from Pitt

bring back glory days

March 12th, 2011
9:08 pm

Mark Price with assistants Bruce Dalrymple and John Salley! Price’s passion as a player is all I need to know. He’ll bring that as a coach and believe me he knows X and O’s. GT will be back to prominence in the ACC in no time.

coachin like an m'f 'er!

March 12th, 2011
9:19 pm

Hire me! I just beat the Boston Celtics by 100 on NBA 2K11 and I have as much head coaching experience on the college level as Mark Price plus I grew up in East Point watching all of Georgia Tech’s games.

bring back glory days

March 12th, 2011
9:37 pm

Dude, go back to your video games if your not too busy spankin’ it!

Tokyo jacket

March 12th, 2011
10:58 pm

JR, I think you’re right…Taylor from ODU would make a great addition w/ his recent seasons at ODU. How old is he though? I’m inclined to think this hire should be made with a 10-year window (at least hopeful for it, not contract duration).


March 12th, 2011
11:01 pm

Chris Mooney at Richmond is at the top of the list and Richmond is trying it’s best to keep him. It is looking like Mooney will go somewhere and speculation is GT.

Blaine Taylor was mentioned above. Very good coach but I don’t see the fit at Tech at all. Chris Collins also is a bad fit just because of his Duke association. He will stay at Duke and take over when rat face retires in a few years. In other words Collins is too tied up into the Duke system to coach another ACC foe. Makes zero sense for GT to go in that direction and I am positive they won’t.

Odds are it will be Chris Mooney but I have a name to enter. Anthony Grant at Alabama. I know he has only been there two years but the man can flat coach and recruit. He recruited for Florida then turned around the VCU program. Would he want to coach in the ACC? Seriously if that is a possibility then your search is over. Hire him tomorrow.

Tech Forever

March 12th, 2011
11:08 pm


What are you talking about you idiot? Georgia has had 4, FOUR, different head coaches in the 11 seasons Hewitt has been at Tech. Talk about a revolving door.


March 13th, 2011
6:10 am

Rumor is there is a big name in the works. Tom Izzo, as he would be interested in moving south and enhancing his coaching career.

brent cunningham

March 13th, 2011
7:20 am

Bobby Cremins to come back with his assistant Mark Price. Cremins will get to retire here, after a few years, and mp will be a great teaching coach.Imagine our three pt. percentage and ft % going through the roof.