Basketball Tigers Hire Proven Recruiter

Auburn, Ala.--Head coach <b>Cliff Ellis</b> has announced that <b>Tracy Dildy</b> will join the Auburn staff as an assistant men's basketball coach.

Dildy replaces Mike Wilson, who spent two seasons at Auburn before leaving for a post at the University of Richmond.

Dildy, a native of Chicago, will come to Auburn from DePaul University where he was on former head coach Pat Kennedy's staff. Dildy has a reputation as a strong recruiter and will join current AU assistant Charlton Young as the primary recruiters for Ellis.

Dildy recruited DePaul star Quintin Richardson and other top recruits such as Steve Hunter, Lance Williams, Amari Sawyer and Bobby Simmons. Richardson was named Conference USA Player of the Year.

The 2001 signee class that Dildy helped recruit was ranked by a recruiting service as the No. 1 class in the nation. The 1999 class was ranked as the No. 2 class in the country.

At a previous coaching job at Ball State University, he recruited NBA first round draft pick Bonzi Wells, who became the leading scorer in school history and a two-time MAC Player of the Year. He was at that Indiana school for three seasons as an assistant to Ray McCallum, who is now the head coach at the University of Houston.

Dildy spent three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Illinois-Chicago. He recruited three players who became Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year--Kenny Williams (1993-94), Sherell Ford (1994-95) and Mark Miller (1997-98).

"This is definitely a move up for me and a step forward in mycareer and reaching my goal of becoming a head coach," Dildy said. "I look forward to learning from the best in Coach Cliff Ellis and stepping up into the SEC, the most competitive conference in the nation. I have always taken steps forward in my career, and this is a big one.

"I want to be a part of what Auburn and the staff have already accomplished with being No. 1 in the country and for top recruiting classes, and I look forward to helping continue the great job of building Auburn basketball. Coach Ellis, Coach (Charlton) Young, Coach (Shannon) Weaver and myself have developed a great rapport in the hiring process and I know what a great situation it is at Auburn. Auburn University is well-known as one of the top academic institutions in the country and you can't beat the friendliness of the Auburn community."

Tracy Dildy is shown as an assistant coach at DePaul.

Dildy was a two-year letterman at point guard for Illinois-Chicago. He finished sixth on the school's all-time assist list with 260 and was ninth in steals with 105. He was inducted into the UIC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 after graduating in 1991. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Chicago Public League Hall of Fame in 1998.

As a high school player at Martin Luther King High School in Chicago, he played for nationally-known coach Landon Cox. He earned All-State and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior and graduated with the school records for assists and steals in a career.

"I have followed Tracy's career since playing against that Ball State team with Bonzi Wells in 1995," Ellis said. "Then, seeing the recruiting job he did at DePaul headed by his signing of Quentin Richardson solidified him among the nation's top recruiters.


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