Dan Kadar, who will be the Buchtelite's sports editor in the fall, did some snooping on Mack Rhoades' candidates for the women's coaching job.
Here are the candidates he is hearing...
- Marsha Frese, associate head coach at Illinois. She is a very good recruiter and has spearheaded campaigns to bring in two top-25 recruiting classes.
- Fred Applin, associate head coach at Wake Forest. He seems to be an excellent recruiter as well. Another one of his strengths is garnering interest in women's basketball programs where ever he goes.
- Jodi Kest, head coach at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In three years at Corpus Christi, her teams have overachieved. Kest is a defensive-minded coach.
- Cindy Martin, head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Martin came to IUP only a year ago. Her previous experience was as West Virginia's top assistant, bringing in three-consecutive top-20 recruiting classes.
Conspicuously absent is Michigan State assistant Semeka Randall. Her exclusion apparently has upset some Cleveland-area prep coaches. Kadar's source says Randall's college coach, Tennessee's Pat Summit, has endorsed Randall for the job.
Despite that, this list looks very strong. Normally athletic directors give the politically correct answer about "having great candidates" even if they don't. If these names are true, Rhoades certainly has a good crop of selections, but a tough choice to make.