Jim Molinari Named Western Illinois Coach

Former Minnesota assistant and interim head coach Jim Molinari has been named the Western llinois head coach. Molinari interviewed for the position last Tuesday. Western Illinois dismissed former Gopher assistant Derek Thomas last month.

Jim Molinari has enjoyed a 27-year career as a collegiate head and assistant coach. He was the Bradley head coach for 11 years and led his team to five NIT appearances and the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Molinari was the Northern Illinois head coach from 1989-91, posting a 42-17 mark.

Molinari served as an assistant this past season at Ball State. He was one of the finalists, along with assistant Jeff Rutter of Iowa State and Oklaohma City head coach Ray Harper.

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