AD Committed to Bringing Winner to DePaul

While many Division I schools are preparing for March Madness, DePaul Athletic Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto is conducting a search to bring in a men's basketball coach that will return the Blue Demons to national prominence.

Ponsetto certainly isn't messing around. She, DePaul President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider and the university's board of trustees are committed to bringing a proven coach to lead the Blue Demons.

"We have begun our search for a new head men's basketball coach in earnest," Ponsetto said of what promises to be a thorough national search of college coaches. "Our goal is to have someone who can come in here and be successful in the Big East conference. That includes someone who cannot only recruit, which is a high priority both locally and nationally, but also we need someone who has the technical acumen to coach with the likes of many of the Hall of Fame coaches and future Hall of Fame coaches of the Big East conference."

"Father Dennis Holtschneider and the university board of trustees made a commitment that we should go out and get the best coach that DePaul possibly can," added Ponsetto. "They've given us the financial resources to be able to do that."

Earlier in the day, Ponsetto told WSCR Radio of the financial commitment.

"I don't think there is any question that our coach is probably going to be one of the top two or three paid coaches in the Big East conference," Ponsetto said on WSCR. "We have the potential to do that for the right person, we're not obviously going to pay that to anybody."

Current DePaul interim coach Tracy Webster will be among the candidates for the job and is expected to interview for the position this week.

"Tracy Webster is going to be a candidate for the position," said Ponsetto. "He and I talked about it yesterday and he has decided that he would like to be a candidate for the position. As an internal candidate, as we would do for any search that we have, we will interview Tracy Webster."

Ponsetto would like to have a new coach in place in time for NCAA Final Four weekend, but realizes that may not be possible.

"I think that obviously we'd like to have it done sooner rather than later, but we recognize that some of the folks on our list could make it to that weekend," Ponsetto said. "It would be our intention that as soon as someone was done playing in the NCAA tournament, if they had an interest in speaking to us and that was reciprocal on our part, then we'd certainly like to get that done relatively soon."

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on DePaul's coaching search.


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