Patsos expected to get job at Loyola

Sources say UM assistant to succeed Hicks as coach

College Basketball

March 31, 2004|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

University of Maryland assistant men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos is expected to be named the next head coach at Loyola College, according to sources familiar with the school's search for a successor to Scott Hicks.

Sources said Patsos, 37, is expected to accept an official offer today and to be formally introduced at Loyola tomorrow.

Patsos, who was unavailable for comment last night, emerged as the leading candidate after a series of talks with Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan, followed by an interview with the school's search committee on Monday.

The candidates also included Saint Joseph's assistant Matt Brady, Villanova assistant Fred Hill and Clemson assistant Kevin Nickelberry.

Boylan declined to comment last night.

Patsos, a 1989 graduate of Catholic University who sought the Loyola job in 2000 and has never been a head coach, has worked for the past 13 seasons at Maryland.

He joined head coach Gary Williams in 1991 after working as an assistant from 1989 to 1991 at Archbishop Carroll High School (D.C.).

Patsos spent nine years as Maryland's No. 3 assistant, then was promoted to No. 2 after former top assistant Billy Hahn was hired as head coach at LaSalle following Maryland's first Final Four appearance in 2001. After Hahn's departure, Dave Dickerson was promoted to top assistant under Williams.

The loss of Patsos, who had a hand in Maryland's only national championship in 2002, 11 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and seven trips to the Sweet 16 over that span, would create a staff opening that could be filled by current No. 3 Maryland assistant Matt Kovarik.

Loyola fired Hicks after the Greyhounds went 1-27 and flirted with the NCAA record for consecutive losses. Loyola lost 31 in a row over parts of the past two seasons, two short of the record held by Grambling State.

Loyola went 16-97 in four seasons under Hicks.

Sun staff writer Bill Free contributed to this article.

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