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Now that Mark Gottfried is no longer head coach, NC State athletics director Debbie Yow will be searching the country to find his replacement.

Now that Mark Gottfried is no longer head coach, NC State athletics director Debbie Yow will move fast to find his replacement.  She has informed Pack Pride that she will use Parker Executive Search to assist with the process.

NOTE: Sources have indicated that NC State could be looking to spend between $3-4 million annually for a head coach, which would make every coach on this list attainable financially.

However, that doesn't mean that each coach will be in the mix and a legitimate candidate as the process materializes, but this is an opening list to begin the search process with based on information we've gathered from various sources.

As the search develops we will continue to update the board, removing and adding potential candidates.

3/2 UPDATE: Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall and Chattanooga head coach Matt McCall have been removed from the board.  We've added small updates on each coach remaining on our board.

3/13 UPDATE: We have removed USC head coach Andy Enfield and Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin from the board.  We've added Providence head coach Ed Cooley, Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino, and Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm and added small updates on each coach remaining on the board.

3/17 UPDATE: We have removed Cuonzo Martin, who is now the head coach at Missouri.  We've also removed Ed Cooley, Scott Drew, Chris Holtmann, Richard Pitino, Gregg McDermott, and Steve Prohm.  We think NC State's focus has been narrowed.

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Archie Miller starred at NC State and has also served as an assistant for the Wolfpack.

ARCHIE MILLER (LINK TO BIO)

CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Dayton

SALARY: $1.7 Million

BUYOUT: Undisclosed

AGE: 38

QUICK NOTES: Arguably the hottest mid-major coach in the country, Miller has turned Dayton into the power in the A-10.  He's led the Flyers to a fourth straight NCAA Appearance, has already reached an Elite Eight, and has clinched his second A-10 title.

 

Factor in his experience as an assistant coach in three Power 5 conferences and his bloodlines, Miller is certainly a rising star in the coaching ranks.

CONNECTING THE DOTS: Miller should certainly be on NC State's radar.

He played for the Wolfpack from 1998-2002 and as a senior he helped lead the team to the program's first NCAA appearance in 11 years.  His wife, Morgan, is also an alum and she still has family in the state.  Miller spent three seasons as an assistant in Raleigh, before stints at Ohio State and Arizona.

The expectation is that Miller will get the opportunity to return home.  However, some believe he has his eyes set on perceived bigger jobs, such as Ohio State.  Either way, there is no doubt that he is going to receive heavy consideration from the Wolfpack.

“It’s a lot like our guys playing at Dayton,” Miller told the Dayton Daily News of NC State. “The experience they have playing in front of tremendous fans, the experience they have going to school and all the great people around them who help them. I’m no different. I went to N.C State, played there, had a great experience. So many of those people have helped me along the way. As everybody else, you go into real life and as you get into real life, you go along your own path. That’s sort of where I am now.”

3/2 UPDATE: Archie Miller has Dayton in first place in the A-10 conference, as the Flyers just won the outright regular season title.  He could be NC State's top target for the vacancy.  The question is if he will listen to a pitch from the Wolfpack or choose to remain at Dayton until other options become available.

3/13 UPDATE: Dayton earned a No. 7 seed and will face No. 10 seed Wichita State Friday at 7:10 pm.  We continue to believe Archie Miller remains in the mix for the NC State vacancy, although most believe it is a longshot he'll return to coach at his alma mater.

3/17 UPDATE: Dayton faces Wichita State tonight at 7:10 PM.  We continue to believe there is a chance Archie Miller will listen to NC State once Dayton's season is over. However, will NC State continue to wait given the other likely candidates are free for discussions?


VCU's Will Wade has a huge upside.
WILL WADE (LINK TO BIO)

CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, VCU

SALARY: $1.4 Million

BUYOUT: $1 Million

AGE: 34

QUICK NOTES: Wade has quickly turned into a terrific young coach. 

He earned his stripes as the lead assistant for Shaka Smart at VCU before taking over at Chattanooga in 2013.  Wade was 40-25 in two seasons with the Mocs, including 27-7 in the Southern Conference. In the two seasons prior to Wade’s arrival, the Mocs finished a combined 24-40, including 13-23 in the SoCon.

He was named 2014 Southern Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Chattanooga to an 18-15 mark in his first season, a five-win improvement over the previous campaign. Wade steered Chattanooga to a 22-10 record in 2014-15, the school's first 20-win season since 2004-05.

He replaced Smart at VCU in 2015 and led the program to a conference title his first year and was the youngest coach in the NCAA Tournament last season.  He followed that up with a 26-8, 14-4 mark this year.

CONNECTING THE DOTS -- Wade is an intriguing option. He has experience at two programs and has won at both and could be a long-term answer in Raleigh.

However, would he take the job?  He's making good money now, like Smart before him, and is a Clemson alum.  Could he be waiting for that job?  For what it's worth, one source indicated to us that Wade is extremely high on the NC State job.  Really high.

3/2 UPDATE: Will Wade remains a serious candidate for the NC State position.  He has great ties to the region and would be considered a really good hire.

3/13 UPDATE: VCU earned a No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 seed Saint Mary's Thursday at 7:20 pm.  There is speculation that he remains in the mix for the NC State coaching vacancy.

3/17 UPDATE: VCU's season is over and Will Wade remains a candidate.  We believe he is under serious consideration by NC State.


Kevin Keatts has won titles as a prep coach, assistant coach, and head coach.

KEVIN KEATTS (LINK TO BIO)

CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, UNC Wilmington

SALARY: $500,000

BUYOUT: $200,000

AGE: 44

QUICK NOTES: A hot name in the state of North Carolina, Keatts has quickly risen up the coaching ranks from a head coach at prep power Hargrave (where he coached former NC State star Lorenzo Brown) to head coach at UNC Wilmington.

In between he served as Rick Pitino's lead recruiter at Louisville, where he helped the Cardinals compile two straight top-10 recruiting classes en route to a pair of Big East Conference championships and NCAA Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013. In 2012-13, the Cardinals won a school-record 35 games and captured the NCAA title.

In 2013-14, the Cardinals, the 2013 national champions, picked up where they left off, streaking to seven straight wins en route to a third consecutive appearance in the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen.

He's been a huge success in Wilmington. In his first season, Keatts was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year after carrying a team that finished last in the CAA in 2013-14 to its sixth regular season conference championship and a final record of 18-14.  He followed it up by winning the regular season and tournament titles in 2015-2016 and won both this year.

Keatts has now won five titles in three years at UNC Wilmington.

CONNECTING THE DOTS: Whatever spot he might be on Debbie Yow's list, it won't get past Keatts.  Everything we hear suggests he would love the challenge awaiting the next head coach in Raleigh, and he has the recruiting chops and personality to potentially succeed in a big way.

He makes far less money than the other top candidates, already has the local recruiting ties, and understands what it takes to win in the ACC from his time in the region.  


3/2 UPDATE: Kevin Keatts is another coach prominently linked with the NC State opening.  Keatts is coaching in-state at UNC Wilmington where he has turned around that program.  He's another solid option.

3/13 UPDATE: UNC Wilmington earned a No. 12 seed and will face No. 5 seed Virginia Thursday at 12:40 pm.  There's been major buzz the last couple of days related to Keatts and NC State, and we believe he's a serious candidate for the position.  

3/17 UPDATE: UNC Wilmington's season is over and Kevin Keatts remains a candidate.  We believe he is under serious consideration by NC State.


Pat Kelsey has ACC connections.

PAT KELSEY (LINK TO BIO)

CURRENT JOB: Head Coach, Winthrop

SALARY: $220,000

BUYOUT: Undisclosed

AGE: 41

QUICK NOTES: In just four seasons, Kelsey has resurrected the proud basketball tradition at Winthrop. After taking over a program that had won 12 and 13 games respectively the prior two seasons, Kelsey and the Eagles have won 62 games over the last three seasons.

This past season the Eagles won 23 games, which ties for the 4th most in a single-season in the history of the program. Kelsey’s 76 wins rank second behind only current Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall for most victories (81) the first four seasons in the program’s Div. I history.

In 2016, for the third consecutive season, Kelsey and the Eagles advanced to the nationally televised Big South conference championship game. Over the course of his first four seasons, Kelsey is tied with Marshall for the most wins in the Big South with 41.

This year's team is 26-6 overall and 15-3 in league play and has clinched a share of the Big South regular season title while winning the tournament title.

Prior to Winthrop, Kelsey was an assistant coach at Xavier and Wake Forest.  At Wake he played a role in the development of NBA talents such as James Johnson, Ishmael Smith, and Al-Farouq Aminu.

CONNECTING THE DOTS: Kelsey certainly has ties to the state given he's at Winthrop and spent five years at Wake Forest as an assistant coach.  He has completed a rebuild of Winthrop and is considered one of the top mid-major coaching candidates on the market.

3/2 UPDATE: We haven't heard any new buzz on Pat Kelsey related to the NC State coaching job.

3/13 UPDATE: Winthrop earned a No. 13 seed and will face No. 4 seed Butler Thursday at 1:30 pm.  We believe Kelsey is a candidate for NC State... a coach they are researching and considering.

3/17 UPDATE: Winthrop's season is over and Pat Kelsey remains a candidate.  We believe he is under serious consideration by NC State.




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