Possible replacements for Gary Williams

May 05, 2011

Coaches who have been linked to the Maryland job through media reports and sources:

Mike Brey, Notre Dame: In 11 years coaching the Irish, the Bethesda native has gone 238-120, including 27-7 last season. He played for and coached under famed DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten, and graduated from George Washington University. He was one of Mike Kzyzewski's top assistants at Duke before becoming the head coach at Delaware, where he went 99-52 with two NCAA Tournament appearances before leaving for Notre Dame. Owns a summer home in Rehoboth Beach, Del. A source close to Brey told the Chicago Tribune that Maryland has contacted his representatives, but that he's working on an extension with Notre Dame.

Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh: Head coach of the Panthers since 2003, he hasn't missed an NCAA Tournament with the Panthers, compiling a 216-60 record for the Big East School. The 45-year-old Dixon is a strong recruiter in the Baltimore and D.C. areas. His sister, Maggie, was hired by Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson at Army, where she coached one season (2005-06) and reached the NCAA Tournament. After the season, she died from a heart condition at 29.

Jay Wright, Villanova: He's had success at Hofstra and Villanova and is also considered a strong East Coast recruiter. At Hofstra from 1994-2001, he went 122-85 with two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 10 years at Villanova he's 224-110 and made the NCAA Tournament the last seven years. He's 49.

Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth: Possibly the hottest coach in college basketball after taking VCU to the Final Four, Smart reportedly spurned several big name schools to stay at the CAA school, where he reportedly agreed to an eight-year contract extension at $1.2 million a year. The 34-year-old Smart is 55-21 in two years as a head coach.

Sean Miller, Arizona: The former Pittsburgh point guard won 30 games last season at Arizona and took the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He went 120-47 at Xavier including four NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons. The 42-year-old knows the ACC. He was an assistant coach at North Carolina State for five years.

Brad Stevens, Butler: On every school's wish list, the 34-year-old is 117-25 in four seasons with the Bulldogs, including two straight NCAA Tournament championship game appearances. He signed a long-term extension with Butler after his first Final Four appearance.

Rick Barnes, Texas: In 13 seasons, he's 322-123 and has gone to the NCAA Tournament every year. Before taking over the Longhorns, Barnes coached in the ACC at Clemson for four seasons, reaching the NCAA Tournament his last three. The 56-year-old, who also was head coach at Providence and George Mason, was an assistant under Gary Williams at Ohio State in the mid-1980s.

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