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Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Guru's 2014-15 Carousel of D-I Coaching Changes

By Mel Greenberg

OK, as we continue to roll into the season and playing some catchup, here is the lineup right now in terms of the annual carousel of coaching changes in Division I since the end of last season.

Technically, under the Guru’s definition, if some unknown situation right now causes another change until the opening tip on Nov. 14, this will update to reflect that in the current spin.

After that the limbo list moves forward to the end of the season. Of course some unforeseen action, or situation, could cause a replacement after getting under way so that statistical situation will just be applicable to the moment, though if it happens before the mid-way point, it could count as an add-on here in terms of the Maggie Dixon Division I rookie candidacies, though the WBCA has the final say on the official list of consideration.

Anyone who was an interim no matter how long last season becomes eligible now, at least that was the way it stood several years ago when the Guru was part of the WBCA committee, actually time is flying, that was back in 2008-09.

Special thanks to David Saw, out West, who keeps his own chart and was able to give the Guru enough information to apply it to the Guru’s breakdown.

Overall, the total of changes is 34 with 23 being Maggie Dixon candidates, both numbers are a low for the past several years.

As in the past, the categories below will break into Maggie Dixon, first, then changes at the Major Power (formerly known as the BCS) level and for the moment until we ever get a consensus, we will keep the reconfigured Big East in that group until some consensus says otherwise.

The Guru has expressed his opinion last year, with no acrimony meant, just recognition of the reality though he has taken issue in the past from where actual BCS terminology got applied because there was a day that the major teams were determined from program success, so, in their time, teams, such as Old Dominion, in themselves would be considered major without regard to where they competed.

And the Guru knows what you are thinking in terms of a certain defending national champion and the conference it competes, but since football is also played and that seems to be the determining factor in all this right now, that is how it remains until we get some dialogue going or see how the whole on-going evolvement of NCAA governing structure plays out.

OK, having been pro-active to address all the Guru believes you might question, let’s go to the list.

Changes in Division I Coaching Positions

Maggie Dixon Candidates

Arkansas, Jimmie Dykes, former men’s assistant and national broadcaster.
Appalachian State, Angel Elderkin, past BCS LSU assistant.
Binghamton, Linda Cimino, past D-2 Caldwell head coach.
Boston U, Katy Steding, past BCS California assistant.
Butler, Kurt Godlevske, promoted from staff.
Charleston, Candice Jackson, past BCS Duke assistant.
Gonzaga, Lisa Fortier, promoted from staff.
Grambling, Nadine Domond, former AAU coach.
Houston, Ron Hughley, past BCS Florida State assistant.
Indiana State, Joey Wells, promoted from staff.
ULM (Louisiana-Monroe), Jeff Dow, past (2013) D-II Indiana-Pa. head coach.
Louisiana Tech, Tyler Summitt, past BCS Marquette assistant.
Marquette, Carolyn Kieger, past BCS Miami assistant.
Massachusetts-Lowell, Jenerrie Harris, past Navy assistant.
Morehead State, Greg Todd, past D-III Transylvania U. head coach.
North Dakota State, Maren Walseth, past BCS Penn State assistant.
Northern Colorado, Kamie Ethridge, past BCS Kansas State assistant.
Northeastern, Kelly Cole, past Harvard assistant.
Portland, Cheryl Sorenson, promoted from staff.
Prairie View, Dawn Brown, promoted from interim (full 2013-14 season).
Stony Brook, Caroline McCombs, past BCS Auburn assistant.
Southeastern Louisiana, Yolanda Moore, past NJCAA LSU-Eunice head coach.
Southern Utah, Chris Boettcher, past BYU assistant (2013), was in Japan.

Total: 23: 16 women, 7 men, 9 BCS assistants, 7 more D-1 assts, inc. 5 promotions, 5 others.

BCS Hires

Arkansas, Jimmy Dykes, see Maggie Dixon.
Georgetown, Natasha Adair, past Charleston head coach.
Houston, Ron Hughley, see Maggie Dixon.
Indiana, Teri Moren, past Indiana State head coach.
Kansas State, Jeff Mittie, past BCS TCU head coach.
Marquette, Carolyn Kieger, see Maggie Dixon.
Minnesota, Marlene Stollings, past VCU head coach.
Oregon, Kelly Graves, past Gonzaga head coach.
TCU, Raegan Pebley, past Fresno State head coach.

Overall Total 9-3 rookies listed; 5-2 men, 4-1 women ; 1 BCS coach, 5 past D-1 MM coaches.

Other Hires
Brown, Sarah Behn, past Massacusetts-Lowell head coach.
Fresno State, Jaime White, past Northern Colorado head coach.
Rhode Island, Daynia La-Force, past Northeastern head coach.
Santa Clara, JR Payne, past Southern Utah head coach.
VCU, Beth O’Boyle, past Stony Brook head coach.

Total 5: 0 men, 5 women, 5 past D-1 MM head coaches.

Grand total 34: 10 men, 24 women, 9 BCS jobs (6 minus3 – MD listed), 23 rookies, 5 promotions, 9 past BCS aides,7 more aides; 10 past MM D-1 HC, 1 BCS coach, 5 others.

That’s it. Contact the Guru for any errors in spelling, calculation, or missed changes.

-- Mel

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