Patsos says no to St. John's, will remain coach at Loyola

April 03, 2010|By Ken Murray | ken.murray@baltsun.com

Jimmy Patsos' flirtation with the Big Apple turned out to be brief. The Loyola coach said Friday that he declined an offer to join Steve Lavin at St. John's and will remain in Baltimore.

"I'm very lucky to be at Loyola, and I really want to coach at Loyola," Patsos said. "I think the future is really bright, and we're on the verge of being really good."

Lavin was named St. John's coach on Wednesday. On Thursday, Patsos met with his former boss, Maryland coach Gary Williams, in Indianapolis at the Final Four to gain perspective. Williams essentially told Patsos he needed to stay at Loyola.

"The only person I went to for advice was Gary," Patsos said. "He explained to me very quickly why I have a good situation at Loyola. He said, 'You have a great job; you've done a great job.' "

Patsos has a six-year record of 83-99 at Loyola after spending 13 years under Williams at Maryland. He has yet to get the Greyhounds to the postseason, but that could change shortly. The expected announcement next week from the NCAA that it will expand the men's postseason tournament to 96 teams gives Patsos a realistic opening.

"I would say for conferences like ours [the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] and the CAA [Colonial Athletic Association], I really believe we'll get two teams in now," he said.

Patsos attended a meeting of national coaches in Indianapolis on Friday, then planned to return to Baltimore to meet with Loyola's new director of athletics, Jim Paquette.

"I want to let the new AD know how happy I am to be at Loyola," Patsos said.

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