DSU nears decisions on hiring new hoop coaches

Jareem Dowling

With the NCAA basketball season finishing this week, Delaware State University’s coaching search could also be coming to a close soon.

The Hornets have openings for both a men’s basketball and women’s basketball head coach since Keith Walker and Barbara Burgess were dismissed on Feb. 22.

One candidate who has emerged for the men’s vacancy is Jareem Dowling, according to various reports. The basketball website HoopDirt.com reported there is interest between the two parties.

Dowling is currently an assistant at North Texas who just won the College Basketball Invitational Tournament over San Francisco less than a week ago.

Dowling is from Wilmington and is a Howard High graduate. He played at MidEastern Athletic Conference rival Maryland Eastern Shore in 2004 and 2005 after two years at Cecil College in Maryland.

His attachment to Delaware doesn’t end there.

Dowling was previously the head coach at Scotland Performance Institute, a prep school in Scotland, Pennsylvania where he had multiple players from Delaware on his roster.

Polytech High product Juwan Gray was one of the prep players who got a Division I scholarship after a year at Scotland Performance Institute. Gray signed with San Diego and credited Dowling for transforming his game.

“They at SPI gave me more detail in my game,” Gray told the State News in 2016. “Coach Dowling made everything so basic for me, whatever I used to make complicated before, he changed that. They saw the potential in me.”

Dowling left SPI to spend the 2016-2017 as an assistant at Arkansas State. When Arkansas State’s head coach Grant McCasland got the North Texas job, Dowling followed him to the Mean Green.

Dowling also had stints as an assistant at Southern Mississippi and Morehead State. He was at Southern Miss for three years where he was also the recruiting coordinator and spent one season at Morehead State prior to joining Southern Miss.

He also was previously an assistant coach at Cecil College and Division II Slippery Rock.

Another possible name for the men’s job is Bobby Collins, recently let go as UMES head coach.

Collins was one of the final candidates when the Delaware State job was open in 2014. DSU elected to go with Walker who was the interim coach for the final 11 games of the year after Greg Jackson was fired during the season.

Keith Johnson is currently the interim men’s coach. He used to be the associate head coach before Walker was let go.

Johnson was previously an associated head coach at Coppin State for 13 years and was the head coach at Cheyney University from 1989-1995.

The last time Delaware State had an opening, it hired Walker on April, 15 in 2014. It took longer during its last search for a women’s coach as Burgess was announced until May, 5 in 2015.

Former assistant Kyle Adams is currently the interim coach for the women’s program.

It is also worth noting Delaware State has an interim director of athletics. Mary Hill was given the interim title on Nov. 20, 2017 when Delaware State dismissed football coach Kenny Carter and athletic director Skip Perkins on the same day.

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