Albany's Hicks to be Loyola coach

Multi-year agreement reached for 34-year-old to succeed Gaudio

College Basketball

June 06, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Albany's Scott Hicks will be named Loyola College's head basketball coach at a news conference this afternoon, according to sources close to the Greyhounds' program.

Hicks, 34, went through interviews for the position in Baltimore late last week.

He was part of a candidate pool of Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos, St. Joseph's assistant Matt Brady and Delaware assistant Sean Kearney.

Patsos and Kearney both had been told of their continued candidacy as of Sunday night, whereas Brady had been eliminated when Loyola narrowed its search.

An official said Hicks was offered the job yesterday and his representatives spent most of the day negotiating a multi-year contract that is expected to exceed the $80,000 a year he made at Albany.

"If they hire him, they'd be doing good for themselves," said Dick Rockwell, Hicks' boss when he coached at LeMoyne College from 1994 through 1998-99. "I was sorry to see him go. Not only was he good with X's and O's but he's also a good person."

In his first season at Albany, and the school's first as a Division I program, Hicks guided the team to an 11-17 record. In five seasons at LeMoyne in Syracuse, his teams went 87-56 and made two NCAA tournament appearances at the Division II level.

Loyola limped to a 7-20 finish last season.

Hicks will be Loyola's 12th coach in 29 years, following Dino Gaudio, who resigned to take an assistant coaching position at Xavier after three seasons and a 32-52 record.

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