Maryland assistant Hahn finalist for Towson job Miami's Jaskulski also one of top 2 candidates


April 18, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Maryland assistant Billy Hahn was interviewed for the Towson State basketball coaching position Wednesday and is one of four finalists for the job.

Hahn, 43, has been a top assistant to Gary Williams since 1989 after serving for three seasons as head coach at Ohio University, where he had a 42-45 record.

When reached at his office in College Park yesterday, Hahn said: "I was asked by Wayne Edwards [Towson athletic director] to refer anything to him. That's all I can say."

It is believed that Hahn and University of Miami assistant Mike Jaskulski, also 43, are the top two candidates for the Towson job.

Edwards flew to Miami to meet Jaskulski on Monday and had Jaskulski come to Towson State yesterday for a formal interview.

Jaskulski has been an assistant at Miami for four years following a five-year stint (1988-1993) as an assistant at Maine.

Before those two posts, Jaskulski was head coach from 1984 to 1988 at Division III Loras College (Iowa), where he was 62-48.

The other two finalists are Dayton assistant Pete Strickland, 39, and Towson State assistant Jimmy Meil, 36. Strickland has been a Dayton assistant for three years, and Meil has been a Towson assistant for 15 years -- 14 with Terry Truax, whose contract was not renewed for next season. Strickland was interviewed April 10 and Meil on April 11.

Edwards continued his policy yesterday of not discussing candidates, but said he planned to decide on the new coach by Monday.

Hahn replaced Williams for the last two games of the 1994-95 regular season and for two games in the ACC tournament that year when Williams was sick.

Hahn coached Joe Smith and the Terps to a big win over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but lost to Virginia when a victory would have given Maryland the regular-season ACC title.

MARYLAND: Forward Keith Booth was named the team's Player of the Year at its banquet in College Park. He also won the Charles "Buck" Williams/Len Elmore Rebounding Award and received, along with Matt Raydo, a Senior Award and M Club Certificate.

Other winners: Terrell Stokes, assists; Sarunas Jasikevicius, free-throw shooting; Rodney Elliott, improved free-throw shooting; Matt Kovarik, academics; Obinna Ekezie, improvement; Laron Profit, clutch play.

LOCALLY: UMES signed forward Jeremy Jones (New Mexico Military Institute) to a national letter of intent. Guard Shawnta Rogers (Lake Clifton) won George Washington's MVP and Desire awards. Mount St. Mary's signed Rachael Williamson, a 6-foot-2 center from Shelby Township, Mich., to a letter of intent. Navy named Helen Williams assistant women's coach.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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