Iowa State didn't have to look very far to find their new men's basketball coach. In fact, they looked approximately 95 miles to the northeast to be exact. Northern Iowa's Greg McDermott will be named Iowa State's new men's basketball coach at a press conference at Hilton at 6 pm on Tuesday night. The event is open to the public and doors will open to the event at 5.
McDermott is a native Iowan who
grew up in the small town of Cascade.
He arrived at Northern Iowa in 2001 and built the Panthers up to a
consistent NCAA Tournament participant. UNI has now made three straight NCAA
Tournaments and is considered to be one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley
Conference every year.
McDermott's Panther's lost in the
first round of the tournament last Friday to a powerful Georgetown squad that is
now heading to the Sweet 16.
Before coaching at UNI, McDermott
made plenty of stops while climbing the coaching ladder. His first job ever was
an assistant coaching gig at the University of North Dakota from 1989-94.
McDermott earned two conference championships and had a record of 126-37 while
He then moved on to Wayne State
College for his first head coaching gig. McDermott went 116-53 while at WSC
which earned him a head coaching job at North Dakota State University which didn't last long.
In his only year at North Dakota State in 2000-01, McDermott's squad went
McDermott has climbed the coaching
ladder, and it looks like his next stop will be in the Big 12 at Iowa State.
Iowa State fired Coach Wayne Morgan last
Thursday evening after only three years of service.