Terps lose Kovarik, may add Booth

Williams' staff now down two assistant coaches

College Basketball

April 11, 2004|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Having already lost assistant Jimmy Patsos to Loyola College, University of Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams also is looking to replace assistant Matt Kovarik, who has decided to leave coaching and concentrate on law school, according to a source familiar with the situation at Maryland.

Sources said Williams is considering hiring former Maryland player Keith Booth and current Catholic University head coach Mike Lonergan to complete his new staff. Williams recently promoted top assistant Dave Dickerson to senior associate head coach.

Booth, a Dunbar High graduate who averaged 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds from 1993 through 1997 at Maryland before playing with the Chicago Bulls for two seasons, is a candidate to replace Kovarik, 29, as the program's No. 3 assistant.

Lonergan, who has led Catholic to a 251-88 record over 12 seasons and guided the Cardinals to the Division III national title in 2001, is a candidate to replace former No. 2 assistant Patsos. Loyola hired Patsos as its head coach April 1.

Kovarik, 29, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, recently completed his third season as a Maryland coach. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 assists in 129 career games with the Terps from 1994 to 1998. He has completed his first year at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.

When asked about the changes looming on his staff yesterday, Williams declined to comment.

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