Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eastern Kentucky Hires Minnesota Assistant Dan McHale as Head Coach

Eastern Kentucky University has hired Minnesota assistant coach Dan McHale to replace Jeff Neubauer as head coach.

I was told by a source that the final two for the job were McHale and Cincinnati assistant Larry Davis. According to the source, Davis withdrew his name from consideration this week.


2013-15 Assistant Coach University of Minnesota
2010-13 Assistant Coach Seton Hall University
2007-10 Assistant Coach Iona College
2005-07 Director of Video Operations University of Louisville
2004-05 Director of Basketball Operations Manhattan College
2001-03 Staff Assistant University of Louisville

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University has chosen Dan McHale, a former University of Louisville assistant, to be its men's basketball head coach.

McHale will be introduced at a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday on the court inside McBrayer Arena. All media and fans are invited to attend.

"We are ecstatic to welcome Coach Dan McHale and his family to the Colonel Family," Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson said. "Dan brings years of experience at some top-flight programs to EKU, along with ties to Kentucky and this region. He came to us with the highest recommendations from some of America's best coaches and we have every confidence he will take our basketball program to the next level."

Before being chosen as Eastern Kentucky's 20th head men's basketball coach, McHale completed his second season as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota where he worked under head coach Richard Pitino. McHale got his coaching start under Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino as a staff assistant at Louisville from 2001 to 2003.

"I'm extremely excited to be working at Eastern Kentucky University," McHale said. "I want to thank President Benson and Steve Lochmueller for this opportunity. With the leadership of these two, it's an honor to be a part of these exciting times at EKU. We are going to bring excitement to McBrayer Arena with a fast paced style of play. It's going to be fun for our players and our fans."

In his first season at Minnesota, McHale helped the Gophers to a NIT Championship and a 25-13 record that included wins over No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 11 Ohio State. The 25 victories are the second-most in program history. The 2014-15 squad won 18 games, including a victory at Michigan State, a team that would reach the Final Four.

"I am extremely excited and proud of Dan McHale," Richard Pitino said. "Eastern Kentucky is getting a tremendous coach and recruiter, but more importantly a great person. He will represent the Eastern Kentucky program in a first-class manner. There is no doubt in my mind that he will do great things there."

McHale served as a student manager for four seasons (1997-01) at Kentucky. He was part of one national championship team, four NCAA Tournament teams and three Southeastern Conference championships while working with Tubby Smith's Wildcats.

The Cardinals went 25-7, won the 2003 Conference USA Tournament title and reached the NCAA Tournament in McHale's second season as a staff assistant at Louisville. During his first stint he assisted with opponent scouting, game preparation and on-campus recruiting. After one year as the director of operations at Manhattan College, McHale returned to UofL for two seasons as the director of video operations, overseeing advance scouting video and evaluation video of Cardinal players. In his second two-year stint at Louisville, the Cardinals won 45 games and played in two NCAA Tournaments.

"Dan is one of the hardest working coaches in our profession," Rick Pitino said. "I have great admiration for his dedication to our game. He is a great addition to our state."

Complete Release


Anonymous said...

What an unimpressive hire!! Hiring an assistant from a team that finished 10th in the B1G 10. Awful. Have people not seen what Bo Ryan has done at Wisconsin?? He won 4 D3 National Titles. Go out and get a proven winner like Jim Cructchfield (highest winning % in all of college basketball), or Happy Osborne (fastest to 400 wins in college basketball history), or Kelly Wells. EKU must not want to compete for OVC titles.

Anonymous said...

Anyone is better than Neubauer. His success the last three years is due to one of the lowest Strength of Schedules in Division 1 basketball. He'll be fired at Fordham within 3 years.

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