Hornet hoop coach search heating up

At long last some progress is being made in the search for a new basketball coach at Delaware State University.

More than five candidates interviewed for the men’s basketball job last week in Philadelphia. A hire could be announced in the next two weeks.

The flurry of activity in the search coincides with the arrival of new athletic director Scott Gines, who was hired in June but did not start on the job until early July.

It has been 141 days since Keith Walker was fired on Feb. 22. Keith Johnson was named the interim that day and still holds that title.

Johnson is one of the final candidates. He was the associate head coach under Walker and finished the season 1-3 in the final four games for the Hornets.

Delaware State is one of only two Division I teams who still have a head coach opening. The other is Chicago State.

The coaching search website Hoop Dirt reported five other names who are believed to have interviewed with Gines.

Two of them have prior NCAA head coaching experience – Anthony Evans and Pat Kennedy.

Evans coached in the MEAC as recently as five years ago. He was Norfolk State’s head coach from 2007 to 2013.

Evans moved to Florida International University after the 2013 season. He was there until the end of this year when he was fired as head coach.

Kennedy has a 33-year head coaching career with his most recent stop at Pace in 2015. He was the ACC Coach of the Year in 1992 with Florida State.

Kennedy’s coaching resume also includes Iona, DePaul and Montana. The 66-year-old is currently an advisor for a college recruiting group.

Hoop Dirt also reported Keith Booth, Eric Skeeters and Rob O’Driscoll interviewed.

Booth is currently an assistant at Loyola. (Md). He was a first round NBA Draft pick out of Maryland in 1998 and was also an assistant at Maryland from 2004 to 2011.

Skeeters is an assistant at UMBC. The Coppin State grad previously was an assistant at his alma mater along with Towson, George Mason, Youngstown State and Virginia Tech.

O’Driscoll is an assistant at Drexel and used to be the associate head coach at James Madison.

None of the candidates who interviewed in Philadelphia are Delaware State alumni.

Delaware State is coming off a 4-28 season. The Hornets suffered through a 21-game losing streak and did not beat a Division I opponent until Feb. 19.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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