Hahn Drops His Bid For Towson Job

Jaskulski, Meil, Strickland Wait On School's Decision

April 23, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Maryland assistant Billy Hahn has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Towson State men's basketball coaching job.

"I've evaluated my position at Maryland and decided to stay," said Hahn, who reportedly has applied for the head coaching job at Rhode Island.

That leaves Miami assistant Mike Jaskulski, current Towson State assistant Jimmy Meil and Dayton assistant Pete Strickland as the three finalists.

Towson State is expected to hold a news conference tomorrow or Friday to name its new coach.

Jaskulski, 43, could not be reached at his Miami office, on his cell phone or at home early last night. Miami coach Leonard Hamilton said last night that he did not want to comment on Jaskulski's whereabouts.

Hamilton said, "All I know is Mike would make one heck of a coach."

Towson State athletic director Wayne Edwards flew to Miami nine days ago to meet with Jaskulski.

Meanwhile, Meil, 36, has received considerable support from current Towson State players and university professors in the past several days.

The players met Friday and voted for Meil as their choice to be the new coach.

Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins and former Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill have called Edwards to recommend Meil for the job. Cremins attempted to hire Meil as an academic assistant five years ago. Hill was Meil's basketball coach at Lehigh.

Meil has been an assistant at Towson State for 15 years and has been running the program since Terry Truax's contract was not renewed after last season.

Truax said Monday that he has applied for the vacant Army coaching position.

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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