Former James Madison assistant Chuck Driesell said yesterday that he is interested in becoming Towson State's new basketball coach and has applied for the position.
"I'd love to come to Towson and get the ball rolling toward a highly successful program," said Driesell, who was left without a job when James Madison fired his father, Lefty, three weeks ago.
Lefty Driesell was named coach at Georgia State in Atlanta yesterday, but the younger Driesell said he could not accompany his dad to the Trans America Athletic Conference school because of a rule against family members working together at that university.
Chuck Driesell, 34, was an assistant for nine years at James Madison after being the head coach at the Naval Academy Prep School for three years. The younger Driesell was in charge of recruiting for the Dukes.
Chuck Driesell joins longtime Towson State assistant Jim Meil and Coppin State assistant Derek Brown as early candidates for the job that became available last Thursday when Towson State athletic director Wayne Edwards announced the school was not renewing Terry Truax's contract after 14 years.
"I expect before this is all over, we'll have about 200 people express interest in the job," said Edwards, who has received 40 telephone calls from interested people ranging from high school coaches to Atlantic Coast Conference assistants.
He said he will be attending the Final Four in Indianapolis this weekend and plans on talking to a lot of potential coaches.
"I'm sure people will be looking for me out there," said Edwards. "But I won't do anything official."
Brown, 44, has been an assistant to Fang Mitchell for 18 years, with 11 of those years at Coppin State and seven at Gloucester County (N.J.) College.
"I'd listen to offers [from Towson]," Brown said. "But the school is really too close to where I am. I'd be recruiting against the people I've become so close to at Coppin and I'd be recruiting the exact same type of kids. It's a nice job and anyone would have to listen to a lucrative offer."
Meil, 36, has been an assistant at Towson State for 15 years, 14 under Truax and one with Vince Angotti.
Pub Date: 3/27/97