Loyola's short list has 4 names

April 13, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

The search for a men's basketball coach at Loyola College has come down to the Final Four.

In the next two days, Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan is expected to name a successor to Skip Prosser.

The field has been pared to four assistant coaches: Phil Martelli of St. Joseph's (Pa.), Jerry Dunn of Penn State, Stan Van Gundy of Wisconsin and Brian Ellerbe of Virginia.

Van Gundy and Dunn, who interviewed at Loyola yesterday, could not be reached for comment. Martelli,whose St. Joseph's team beat the Greyhounds at Reitz Arena in December, also could not be reached.

Ellerbe, a native of Bowie who starred at Bowie High School in the early 1980s and was recruited successfully by Boylan when he was an assistant at Rutgers, has been an assistant coach for 10 years, the past four at Virginia.

"Loyola is a great academic school. It's a nice campus, a little gem on the northwest side of Baltimore," Ellerbe said.

"Lacrosse has probably been the biggest ambassador for the school up and down the East Coast, but basketball is becoming that way, too. It [basketball coach] is a better job now than it was a year ago."

Whoever is selected will inherit a much more attractive position thanit was before Prosser arrived.

Two years ago, the Greyhounds lost coach Tom Schneider in midseason, then staggered home with a 2-25 record.

Loyola had not had a winning season in six years.

That changed drastically under Prosser, who had been an assistant for eight years at Xavier (Ohio) before making his rookie head coaching season a memorable one at Loyola last winter. Prosser guided the Greyhounds to a 17-13 finish, which included the school's first trip to the NCAA tournament as a Division I program.

Prosser returned to Xavier to replace Pete Gillen, who took the job at Providence.

"Skip has really elevated the stature of the job," Boylan said.

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