"What a great job Tracy Dildy has done," Ellis said. "He is the guy who is going to help keep us in the national spotlight. He will oversee the overall aspects of recruiting."
The 14-year basketball coaching veteran was a vital part of the Tigers' 22-12 team that lost to eventual NCAA Champion Syracuse 79-78 in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and has helped assemble a solid recruiting class at Auburn.
Dildy spent five years at DePaul University in Chicago prior to coming to Auburn in 2002. He was an associate head coach for two seasons (2000-02) and was responsible for four outstanding recruiting classes for the Blue Demons. The 2001 class was ranked the best in the nation while the 1999 group was tabbed as the second best in the country.
Prior to DePaul, Dildy spent three seasons as an assistant at Ball State (1994-97) and four years at his alma mater, Illinois-Chicago (1990-94), three as an assistant and one as a student-assistant.
Dildy was instrumental in a pair of juniors giving early verbal commitments to the Auburn basketball program. One of the top players in Georgia since his sophomore season, 6-2 Toney Douglas from Jonesboro High averaged 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a junior. His play was good enough to earn him the Class AAAAA Player of the Year award. Joining him will be big guard Frank Tolbert. Reminiscent of former Auburn standout Frank Ford, the 6-3 shooting guard was nicknamed "Man Child" by former Auburn star and current Memphis Grizzly player Wesley Person, who is familiar with Tolbert because he's from nearby Red Level. As a junior Tolbert averaged 23 points, nine rebounds three assists, two steals and two blocks per game.
A native of Chicago, Dildy was a star player at the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a member of that university's athletic hall of fame.