Saturday, June 18, 2011

Coaching Search Update 6/18

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

Now just over two weeks since Patrick Chambers left the Boston University men's basketball program to become the next head coach at Penn State University, BU Athletics is still engaged in a search for the Terriers' next coach.

As was reported on Monday, two rumored candidates for the job -- Florida Atlantic University associate head coach Mike Jarvis II and University of North Carolina-Charlotte assistant coach Orlando Vandross -- have yet to be contacted by BU regarding the job.

Over the past week, other potential names have emerged.

On Tuesday, the website HoopDirt reported that Long Island University head coach Jim Ferry was being considered for the same position at BU. Ferry, who turned down an offer to become the Manhattan College head coach a few months ago, has New England ties, having served as the head coach at Plymouth State University and as an assistant at Bentley University. In his nine seasons with the Blackbirds, Ferry has compiled a 125-140 record, a run that included a 2010-11 season in which Ferry led Long Island to a 27-6 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Blackbirds return a bulk of that team that lost 102-87 to the University of North Carolina in the tournament's second round.

Below is the link to the original HoopDirt article:

Also on Tuesday, CBS Sports college basketball writer Jeff Goodman tweeted that Virginia Commonwealth University assistant coach Mike Rhoades is "in the mix" at BU.

Rhoades, 36, just completed his second season with coach Shaka Smart and the Rams. Before that, he served as the head coach at Randolph-Macon College for ten years. Rhoades' name is surfacing for the job just months after Virginia Commonwealth's historic run to the 2011 Final Four.

Calls from The Daily Free Press to both coaches have not been immediately returned.

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