St. Mary's expected to hire B. Valvano Seahawks to name ex-Catholic U. coach

October 02, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

St. Mary's will introduce Bob Valvano as its men's basketball coach today, according to a source at the college.

The Southern Maryland school has called an 11 a.m. news conference at the Capital Centre.

The younger brother of former North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano, Valvano spent the last three seasons at Catholic University, where his teams improved from 8-18 to 9-17 to 21-6. He was fired last March, however, when the administration said that his coaching methods did not meet school standards, particularly in his use of profanity at practices.

Valvano, 35, spent four years as the head coach at St. Francis, N.Y., compiling a 38-74 record for a Division I program that had two wins inthe season before his arrival. Earlier, he spent two seasons as the head coach at Kutztown (Pa.) University, and three as an assistant at Hofstra.

He will replace Jay Gardiner, who has doubled as the Seahawks' coach and athletic director since 1989. Gardiner's seven-year record was 74-100, but he resigned to devote more time to running the St. Mary's athletic program.

"The basketball team needs more attention than I can give it right now," Gardiner said earlier this week.

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