A new list of Tech possibilities, this one including Amaker

Tommy Amaker: A Harvard man to lead the Jackets? (AP photo)

Tommy Amaker: A Harvard man to lead Tech? (AP photo)

Last month I offered a list of possible replacements if Georgia Tech fired Paul Hewitt. Today, with Tech actively seeking a head coach, I offer a slightly amended list.

Mike Anderson of Missouri has been dropped because I don’t think the Jackets can afford him. (Having to pay its former coach $7 million doesn’t help in the effort to find a successor.) Scott Drew of Baylor has been dropped because his program just had a player ruled ineligible by the NCAA. And Craig Neal, the Tech alum and New Mexico assistant, isn’t on the list because I’ve discussed him elsewhere. And with that, I give you another six-pack:

Tommy Amaker, Harvard: Has rebounded from his Michigan misfire — he was dumped after six non-NCAA seasons — to make the Crimson an Ivy League power. (Harvard missed the NCAA tournament because Princeton hit a last-second shot in a tiebreaker game.) Played and coached at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski. Did nice work at Seton Hall, his first stop as a head coach. If not atop Tech’s in-house list, he’s probably near it.

Brian Gregory, Dayton: Caused a slew of bubble teams to break into a sweat when his Flyers crashed the Atlantic 10 final. Has had five 20-win seasons in eight years at Dayton but only two NCAA tournament appearances. If he’s on Tech’s list, it’s probably as a fallback.

Gregg Marshall, Wichita State: Did a masterful job at Winthrop, leading that program to six NCAA appearances in eight seasons. Pulled a Bobby Cremins when he accepted the College of Charleston job in 2006 only to recant after the introductory press conference. (Whereupon Charleston hired Cremins, who had in 1993 done a similar thing at South Carolina only to return to Georgia Tech 3 1/2 days later.) Has worked at Wichita for four seasons but hasn’t lifted the Shockers to the Big Dance. Figures to be high on Tech’s list.

Cuonzo Martin, Missouri State: Hot young coach might have cooled because his Bears lost the Missouri Valley Conference final to Indiana State by four points and missed the Big Dance despite an RPI of 44. (Life at a mid-major can be, er, a bear.) Remains an attractive candidate for any opening, though. As noted, former Gene Keady assistants — Kevin Stallings, Bruce Weber, Matt Painter, even Steve Lavin — fare rather well.

Chris Mooney, Richmond: His Spiders have reached the NCAA for the second year running. Played under Pete Carril at Princeton. (Fun fact: Carril told me he thought my description of Princeton — “moves like a glacier” — was hilarious.) Runs the Princeton offense. Surely near the top of Tech’s list.

Mark Turgeon, Texas A&M: Not really sure he’d be interested in the Tech job, having played and worked at Kansas and spent most of his professional life in the Midwest. But he’s a fine coach — his Aggies are a No. 7 NCAA seed — and it would be worth giving him a call.

And that’s it: No Cremins, no Mark Price, no Tubby Smith. (And no Jeff Capel. You can’t hire a guy Oklahoma just canned.) Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich has said he’s open to anything, but financial considerations could leave Tech fishing from the mid-major pond. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

By Mark Bradley

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JB

March 14th, 2011
1:10 pm

Andrew

March 14th, 2011
1:10 pm

First of all, Amaker was fired after six seasons as Michigan’s coach, which is far too long for anyone to coach at any school and not make the NCAA Tournament. Tech would be absolutely foolish to go after him. He’s terrific recruiter, but just a horrible in-game coach. Moreover, in six season’s as Michigan’s head coach, not a single player — not one — was measurably better as a senior than he was as a freshman. He showed no ability to help his kids improve whatsoever. Not the guy that Tech needs

Mark Bradley

March 14th, 2011
1:10 pm

JB takes the kudos. And not for the first time.

Mark Bradley

March 14th, 2011
1:13 pm

There was a reason Tommy Amaker wasn’t on the original list, Andrew. But I now believe his work at Harvard should make us reconsider.

Bobby Knight

March 14th, 2011
1:15 pm

I’ll take the job

Andrew

March 14th, 2011
1:16 pm

Yes, he has done much better at Harvard — though was profiled in some shady recruiting articles by the NY Times last year.

On the other hand, Jeff Capel, who was just fired by Oklahoma, is a guy with ACC ties that I’d definitely be looking at if I were Radakovich

Starting Over

March 14th, 2011
1:16 pm

Tommy Amaker is an interesting candidate. I have to believe he would love to be in the ACC. The team has talent. I would love to see what CTA could do with this team. Regardless, DRad does not act without a plan. Just as the decision to fire CPJ was made and approved prior to the tournament, DRad is likely targeting 2-3 candidates… including Chris Mooney and (hopefully) Tommy Amaker.

Goldtimer

March 14th, 2011
1:16 pm

Your list sounds fairly unimpressive. Surely D-Rad can do better than anybody on this list.

Jon Koncack

March 14th, 2011
1:17 pm

I would like to throw my name into the proverbial hat.

Mark Bradley

March 14th, 2011
1:17 pm

Awfully hard to sell your new coach when he has just been canned by somebody else.

William Satterwhite

March 14th, 2011
1:18 pm

This is a good and realistic (outside of maybe Turgeon, but like you said, a phone call can’t hurt) list and I think any of these candidates would be a great fit. I’ve been big on Marshall for a long time but watching Mooney’s team in the A10 Finals yesterday, he’s started to grow on me- I think it would be pretty intriguing for Tech to be known as a school that runs a unique offense in both football and basketball.

Tree Rollins

March 14th, 2011
1:18 pm

Heck if Jon wants the job then I do too. I’ll even work for cheap.

Born2Buzz

March 14th, 2011
1:20 pm

I like Mooney from Richmond. He has the look of a winner and the record to back it up.

Gordon

March 14th, 2011
1:23 pm

Mark,

If you go back to the press conference, you will hear that Radakovich said the new coach’s salary will not be affected by the Hewitt payout. I think that means donors have taken care of Hewitt like they did with Gailey. I think Tech CAN afford Anderson if that is who they want to go after.

I think Mooney, Marshall, and Turgeon are the best choices on your list, and I would not rule out Anderson yet.

John

March 14th, 2011
1:23 pm

Hire Tommy Amaker

Armond Hill

March 14th, 2011
1:24 pm

That whistling noise you just heard was my hat flying into the ring

CK

March 14th, 2011
1:30 pm

Ouch. Has tech dropped that bad? I figured some better names than that! Capel just got fired!

Jim in Murray

March 14th, 2011
1:32 pm

Said this on a previous blog: one of the best mid-major coaches is Billy Kennedy at Murray State. Helped revive dormant programs at Centennary and Southeastern Louisiana to go with the back-back conference titles at Murray State. Plus, he has been an assistant at Cal (recruited the likes of Jason Kidd) and has one year of ACC experience at Univ of Miami in the mid-2000s.

Hewitt Fan

March 14th, 2011
1:33 pm

Tommy Amaker..lol…GT will never get another Celtic if that guy is hired!

BravesFan79

March 14th, 2011
1:38 pm

NO to Tommy Amaker! The LAST thing GT needs is a coach known more for his recruiting than his coaching… and Michigan was AWFUL.
I say give Neel a chance, he would be smart enough to bring in ex head coaches as assistants to help him along.
If GT wanted a black guy that could recruit, but couldnt coach worth a lick, they woulda stuck with Hewitt!

Bill Murray

March 14th, 2011
1:38 pm

Mark-your column offers a lot of current head coaches and that is great, but what about Steve Wojciechowski as a possibility as someone who perhaps is not a head coach but very well could be a head coach. Do you think he would leave Duke for Tech?

GTJason

March 14th, 2011
1:40 pm

Why are we not including Belmont’s coach, Rick Byrd??? He’s taken a no name team to the tournament and done really well with nothing. Also Belmont (Tennessee) is in the area. Oakland’s head coach, Greg Kampe should also be in the mix. These are PROVEN HEAD COACHES, not unproven assistants or people with questionable performances…

Gordon

March 14th, 2011
1:40 pm

The problem with any Duke assistant is that if they do well at Tech they will return to Duke the minute K retires. If they don’t do well it was a bad hire.

Reggie Ball

March 14th, 2011
1:43 pm

I’ll coach… and play? Please…

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

March 14th, 2011
1:43 pm

Mark, drad has said a couple times he can spend the money to land an ELITE coach and pay the assistants well. I don’t understand why the media keeps claiming GT is on a tight budget if drad is claiming he can spend big if needed? The money was raised to buyout hewitt and i don’t think it will have any effect on who drad hires at all.

Mooney is reportedly interested in the GT job and GT is said to be after anthony grant of alabama also who has done a great job in a short time over there. He was very successful at VCU and a study of donovan at florida where he spent many years as an assistant. SHAKA SMART at VCU is also under consideration i have heard.

Plenty of buzz with anthony grant and GT will have to pay him since he already gets 1.8 now. Grant is the guy many GT fans want so this will be interesting. If indeed it’s true GT is willing to pay well to land a hot new coach, then grant could be the man if he is willing to leave bama for the ACC. Who wouldn’t want to challenge coach K and roy williams with the history the ACC offers as well? I say grant is my top choice and mooney would be 2nd.

I wish GT would look at dave rose over at BYU. 5 straight years of 20 plus wins over there. He built it from crap when he took over. Good coach and recruits well.

Blewitt

March 14th, 2011
1:44 pm

Only one guy on that list is a true candidate, and he will have to do one hell of a sales pitch to get the job.

Buckhead Dawg

March 14th, 2011
1:45 pm

NO!! Oh the humanity. Why fire Hewitt?!? We loved him!

Hewitt Fan

March 14th, 2011
1:45 pm

@BravesFan79
Duke is protected by the refs..all of the assistants from Duke ruin programs that hire them..Mark Bradley please stop…this will set GT back 10 years!

really?

March 14th, 2011
1:45 pm

Really Mark?

Finances aren’t an issue since ALL of the 7 mil was raised my alumni. DRad even alluded to this when he said that finances wouldn’t be an issue when considering a new coach.

really?

March 14th, 2011
1:45 pm

Paul Johnson

March 14th, 2011
1:46 pm

Let me coach’em! I will run a version of the triple option with the point guard, shooting guard, and a forward! Heck, Nesbitt will even play… what ya say?

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

March 14th, 2011
1:47 pm

@Gordon

Coach k will not retire within the next 10-15 years man. He is going nowhere anytime soon period. He has plenty of years left in the tank. Gt not likely to hire an assistant anyway.

All fingers point to a proven head coach that can excite the fan base again. Hiring a guy who has never been a head coach is not exactly going to fire up as many people considering an assistant has never won a game. Drad will hire a HC.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

March 14th, 2011
1:48 pm

Here comes hewitt fan i mean TROLL crying about refs again!

Dogs Smell

March 14th, 2011
1:49 pm

Butler has a coach ripe for the taking !

Blewitt

March 14th, 2011
1:49 pm

Grant is better then anyone on that list. We will never get him though. Alabama will pull out the check book if talks get serious with Tech. Mooney deserves consideration.

Hewitt Fan

March 14th, 2011
1:50 pm

@UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT
If K is so great why has all of his assistants failed..Capel was fired today

Mr GT basketball

March 14th, 2011
1:51 pm

from Golden State Warriors website:

Mark Price begins his first season as the Golden State Warriors shooting coach in 2010-11. This marks his fourth season in such a role with an NBA team, as he served as a shooting consultant for the Atlanta Hawks the last two seasons after spending the 2007-08 campaign with the Memphis Grizzlies in a similar position.

Price enjoyed an outstanding 12-year playing career in the NBA – amassing career averages of 15.2 points and 6.7 assists per game, while shooting 47.2% from the field, 40.2% from three-point range and 90.4% from the free throw line in 772 regular-season games with Cleveland, Washington, Golden State and Orlando. A four-time NBA All-Star, he was named All-NBA First Team in 1992-93 and earned All-NBA Third Team honors three times.

The NBA’s all-time leader in free throw percentage in the regular season (.904) and in the postseason (.944), Price led the league in free throw percentage three times during his career, finished in the top-10 in free throw shooting seven times and shot better than 90.0% from the foul line in seven of his 12 seasons. In 1993, he made 77 consecutive free throw attempts, which was one shy of the NBA record at the time. The Cavaliers’ all-time leader in assists (4,206), he also ranks 19th in NBA history for career three-point percentage (.402) and was a two-time winner of the NBA’s three-point shootout (1993, 1994).

Prior to joining the NBA, Price put together a stellar career at Georgia Tech where he was a three-time All-American and was named First Team All-ACC three times. He was the Associated Press ACC Player of the Year in 1984-85. In addition to having his number retired in both Cleveland and at Georgia Tech, the basketball arena in his hometown of Enid, Oklahoma is named after him.

Since retiring as a player, Price has also worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater (under Bobby Cremins), served as a community coach for Duluth High School and was head coach at Whitefield Academy in Smyrna. In 2006, Price opened the Mark Price Basketball Academy and Shooting Lab at the Suwanee Sports Academy.

He lives with his family in the Atlanta area.

ron

March 14th, 2011
1:53 pm

Mr. bradley i will say again i don’t give a shoot tech hires as head coach they will never win on a regular basis in the acc. come on mr. bradley like coach hewitt the next coach isn’t going to get any calls espceially against duke, maybe north carliona and on the road against other teams and you know this you just won’t admit it for some reason. there is no way duke and carliona have more talent than everybody in the acc every year heck duke has limited talent and north carliona has talent more talent than duke they don’t have more everybody every year. lets face it north carliona has had bad yeas from time to time but duke never does and it because of coach k they refs don’t call nothing on duke in cameroon or on the road. so mr. bradley please lets face it the next coach at tech dose’nt stand a chance on regular basis in the acc. it will always be in the pecking order 1.duke 2.unc and everybody else.

Casey

March 14th, 2011
1:53 pm

Having the option offense in football and the Princeton offense in basketball would certainly be unsual. – if we hired Mooney.

Blewitt

March 14th, 2011
1:55 pm

Mooney is a good coach. I just don’t know if he can recruit with the big boys.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

March 14th, 2011
1:55 pm

Tommy amaker coming to GT is a joke. No way we even call him. Why would we? I can’t imagine drad calling amaker even to discuss the weather. He is garbage and don’t need him at GT period.

spiderman

March 14th, 2011
1:56 pm

i am a Richmond grad and know its just a matter of time until we lose Mooney. I think we just upped him last year to the 750k range so he would be extremely affordable. we are losing four really good seniors this year so it might be a good time to head to greener pastures. that being said, alot of talented underclassmen still remain. If we lose him, i would hire his long time assistant to stay there and run the same offense.

Casey

March 14th, 2011
1:58 pm

It would be tough to recruit against the other ACC teams when you’re pitching that kind of offense. NC State has done it, but look at where they usually end up.

DawginLex

March 14th, 2011
1:59 pm

If you want an up and coming coach who teaches toughness and fundamentals, DRAD should crawl to Morehead Kentucky and ask Donnie Tyndall to come coach Tech

yellerjacket

March 14th, 2011
2:00 pm

Brad Stevens of Butler.

jkmckay

March 14th, 2011
2:02 pm

You are high!

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

March 14th, 2011
2:02 pm

I think mooney has done a great job at richmond and his wins back that up. CPJ ran the TO and people said he couldn’t win in the ACC. He won 9 then 11 games including an ACC title in his first 2 years people. I don’t know if mooney could duplicate that same success so fast as Paul johnson did but he does win regardless. His teams play hard and shoot pretty well from behind the arc and on the free throw line and his teams are not prone to a high number of stupid turnovers as we all have seen over the hewitt tenure. He is the exact opposite of hewitt in terms of x’s and o’s. That would work for me!

If he can win at richmond, why couldn’t he at GT? Have we not seen enough mid major coaches turn out to do a great job in elite conferences? I prefer grant but mooney i think would do a nice job at GT as well no matter what system he runs. It is a modified version of the princeton offense but not the exact same old school princeton style.

Charles

March 14th, 2011
2:02 pm

Must be someone approved and endorsed and probably paid by the Tech alums. they are big on Tech men leading the charge.

RambleOn84

March 14th, 2011
2:02 pm

“Hewitt Fan,”
Give it a rest buddy. No one gives a crap about your little rec league team.