Meet Possible Coaching Candidates
Tommy Lloyd is Gonzaga’s head coach Mark Few’s second in command. In fact, he has been with Gonzaga since 2000. Much of the Bulldogs’ international recruiting success has been credited with Lloyd’s efforts. He is from Kelso, Washington and is very familiar with the PAC-12 and northwest region.
Nate Tibbetts has been an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2013-2015. He assisted with the Cleveland Cavaliers previously, and at the D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce coaching staff prior to that. He was a head coach with Skyforce from 2007-2009. He was an assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls from 2001-05. He lives in Portland.
Joe Pasternack is in his fourth season as Arizona’s associate head coach. Previously, he was an assistant coach for two seasons. Pasternack has also been integral in Arizona recruiting effort that has landed six-consecutive top-10 classes. He was head coach at the University of New Orleans from 2007-2011. Prior to his tenure at UNO, Pasternack spent eight seasons (2000-07) at the University of California, where he oversaw the Bears’ scouting.
Paul Woolpert got his start as a scout and video coordinator for the Seattle SuperSonics in 1986, remaining in the role until 1994. From 1995-2004, Woolpert served as a CBA scout for the Portland Trail Blazers. It was while maintaining these responsibilities that he began to coach in other capacities.
Tom Crean, former head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, was released today. Crean has been the head coach of the Hoosiers for nine seasons, winning the Big Ten twice in that time, appearing in the NCAA tournament four times, and making it as far as the sweet 16 three times. He is a name to watch.
Curtis Sumpter is a wild card. He is the current assistant coach of the Delaware 87ers and is a former player for Villanova. He had served in the role of player development at Villanova until brought on as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2016, he was reassigned to assistant coach for the Delaware 87ers. His unique quality is familiarization with basketball analytics, and the presence of mind to emphasize defensive skills.
In order to salvage the 2017 Recruiting class, the University of Washington Husky basketball program must act quickly but deliberately in vetting the next head coach.