Old Dominion interviews Truax

March 27, 1991|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Evening Sun Staff

Towson State basketball coach Terry Truax was interviewed for the same position at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. yesterday.

Truax was unavailable for comment last night, but the Virginian-Pilot in its editions today said that Truax met with Old Dominion athletic director Jim Jarrett. Truax was seen leaving Jarrett's office. Truax talked last week of inquiring about head coaching vacancies at Old Dominion and Virginia Tech.

The Monarchs' job has been vacant for less than a month following the firing of Tom Young. Old Dominion expects to name his successor by early next week, and Truax was the fifth candidate it interviewed. The Monarchs may interview more candidates.

Besides Truax, the field at Old Dominion includes Dave Twardzik, the scouting director for the Charlotte Hornets; Oliver Purnell, the coach at Radford; Bucknell coach Charlie Woollum; and Jack Baker, the coach at Maury High School in Norfolk. Woollum, whose Bucknell teams beat out Towson State for East Coast Conference championships in 1987 and '89, was on the Norfolk campus for a 12-hour visit Monday.

Ironically, Truax was also a finalist for an Old Dominion coaching job in 1975, when the Monarchs named Paul Webb as coach.

It was the first school Truax mentioned when he was asked if any of the dozen or so Division I coaching vacancies interested him.

"The main thing that attracts me to Old Dominion is its location," said Truax, who also probably would double his Towson salary of approximately $50,000. "I also like the fact that they're going into a conference they can be successful in."

Old Dominion will end its relationship with the Sun Belt Conference in two months, and next fall enter the Colonial Athletic Association, where it will replace Navy.

Truax's eight-year record at Towson State is 109-126, but his last three teams have gone 19-10, 18-13 and 19-11, and the last two have won the East Coast Conference title and gone to the NCAA tournament. A native of Hancock who played at the University of Maryland, Truax's stint at Towson is his longest after being an assistant at North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Colorado and Mississippi State.

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