Interest in Morgan basketball job runs high

April 16, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

Morgan State has begun to assemble a national search committee to replace men's basketball coach Michael Holmes, and given the preliminary indications, interest in the job will be high.

Kenneth McBryde, the school's athletic director, said a search committee of nine to 11 people should be formed next week, when the job will be advertised.

In the meantime, McBryde said he has received "eight to 10 resumes and about 25 phone calls"from coaches inquiring about the position.

"We're getting a pretty good response already," McBryde said. "I've gotten calls from as far south as Mississippi, as far north as New York, and as far west as Oklahoma. Once the job is advertised, I envision 80 to 100 more resumes coming in here."

Holmes was fired Monday after four seasons, during which he posted a 31-81 record. McBryde, who recently began his second year as the school's athletic director, is trying to resurrect a Morgan State program that has had only one winning season since 1979.

Although McBryde would not name any applicants, former Dunbar High School and University of Maryland coach Bob Wade has been rumored as a possible candidate for the job.

"I wouldn't even want to speculate on that," said McBryde.

Wade, a Morgan State alumnus, is now Baltimore's superintendent of recreation. "I give them [Morgan State] the opportunity to talk to me, but I enjoy working for Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the citizens of Baltimore," Wade said.

Even if Morgan State is interested in him, the school might not be able to hire Wade. He has been out of college athletics since 1989, when he was forced to resign as Maryland coach following violations of NCAA rules in his basketball program.

Through March 1995, any college that wants to hire Wade in an athletics-related position must fulfill a show-cause requirement, and have his duties approved and possibly restricted by the NCAA infractions committee.

McBryde said he expects a new head coach to be named by late May.

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