Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cornell Coaching Search Update

It is a jump ball situation among the candidates for Cornell's next head coach.

Following Steve Donahue's departure to Boston College, Cornell recently interviewed three candidates for his replacement as the next Robert E. Gallagher '44 Head Coach of Cornell Men's Basketball. The on campus interviews included Matt Langel (Temple assistant), Bill Courtney (Virgina Tech assistant), and Gary Close (Wisconsin assistant). All three received overall favorable feedback from Cornell's administration. The consensus appears to be that each candidate brings different attractive qualities and qualifications to the potential hire.

While while several other candidates have reportedly received strong support and endorsements from alumni and friends of the basketball program, including but not limited to Paul Fortier (Washington assistant, former Cornell assistant under Steve Donahue), Joe Burke (Navy assistant, former Cornell assistant under Steve Donahue), and Mike Maker (current Williams College coach and former Dartmouth assistant), it is unclear whether Cornell will pursue a fourth candidate to interview on campus.

Members of the search committee are reportedly meeting today to discuss the candidates and the status of the search. Several sources told The Cornell Basketball Blog that Cornell would prefer to finish the search by Friday.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice work on giving the status, CBB.

Bring in Maker for an interview, I say.

Anonymous said...

With the race underway Bill Courtney seems to be leading the pack, followed closely by Gary Close, while Matt Langel brings up the rear....

Matt said...

Steve Donahue said it would take a home run situation to leave Cornell, and he found it at BC. I'd say Gary Close looks like a home run candidate to be the next Cornell coach.

Anonymous said...

I think Gary Close is really the front-runner, but I also am high on what Mike Maker could bring to the program.