SMU unexpectedly lost assistant coach Jerrance Howard to Bill Self and Kansas last week. Although Howard was considered one of the programs top recruiters, Larry Brown and company should have no problem finding a replacement for him soon. Here is a list of possible candidates to replace Howard who have connections to Brown and the SMU program.
Jeff Capel III, Assistant Coach at Duke
Quick Hit: Capel was the head coach at VCU from 2002-2006 and Oklahoma from 2006-2011 before joining the Duke staff. It would be difficult to pull him away from his alma matter in Durham, but Steve Wojciechowski has always been Coach K's top assistant on staff. Capel might be intrigued by a chance to move up the bench and learn under another basketball legend in Larry Brown. Capel's dad, Jeff Capel II, was an assistant coach under Brown while he was with the Charlotte Bobcats and could help sell his son on the move to SMU.
Derrick Coleman, former NBA player
Quick Hit: Coleman is a former NBA All-Star and Big East Conference Player of the Year. After graduating from Syracuse and getting drafted first overall by the Nets, Coleman had a successful NBA career and played for five teams in his 15 seasons in the league. Coleman has wanted to get into coaching for quite sometime now and played for Larry Brown on the Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. There was a rumor he was considered for the staff when Brown was first hired at SMU, so they may take a second look at him this time around.
Tim Fuller, Assistant Coach at Missouri
Quick Hit: Fuller is considered by many to be one of the brightest young minds in college basketball. He has spent time as an assistant for multiple schools, including a couple years under Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2010-2011. Fuller doesn't have a lot of connections to the program, but things are getting ugly for Frank Haith and Missouri with violations from the NCAA. SMU could jump on the opportunity to steal Fuller away from the Tigers by offering a pay raise and move up the bench.
Kyle Keller, Assistant Coach at Texas A&M
Quick Hit: Keller has been an assistant in College Station for two years now after spending time at Oklahoma State under Eddie Sutton and Kansas under Bill Self. He has become a great developmental coach for the Aggie program and has spent 21 seasons as an assistant in the game. Keller is from Dallas and would help SMU with in-state recruiting. Larry Brown could be looking to dominate the state and Keller might be interested in leaving A&M for a program on the rise in his hometown.
Aaron McKie, former NBA player and assistant coach
Quick Hit: McKie could join Eric Snow as the second former Philadelphia 76er on Brown's staff. He has spent time as an NBA assistant for the 76ers assistant coach, but their coaching situation is going through a lot of changes. He obviously has a close relationship with Larry Brown after winning Sixth Man of the Year under him in 2001. If McKie doesn't have any NBA options for next season, he could be interested in taking a job at SMU to stay around the game.
Eric Snow, Director of Player Development at SMU
Quick Hit: Don't sleep on SMU promoting from within. Snow has earned the trust of Larry Brown after playing many years for him and now being a member of his coaching staff here on the Hilltop. The program has already spent a lot of money on their coaching staff, and Snow has shown he could do a terrific job in a larger role. He was a big factor in the recruitment of Sterling Brown, and the program has benefited greatly from his NBA background.
Rod Strickland, Assistant Coach at Kentucky
Quick Hit: Strickland has been very successful as an NCAA assistant coach since retiring from the NBA in 2005. After spending 17 years in the league, he has been helping John Calipari at every stop. He has been at Kentucky since 2009 in an administrative role after serving in a similar position at Memphis. Orlando Antigua is the head assistant at Kentucky, so Strickland may want the chance to move up the bench and join the Hilltop. He is another guy Larry Brown considered when he originally put together his staff at SMU. Strickland was a member of the San Antonio Spurs for two years when Brown was the coach in the early 90s. Brown likes the idea of adding former players to his staff and perhaps he could convince the former DePaul star to leave the Big Blue program.
Other possible candidates: Adrian Autry, Assistant Coach at Syracuse; Jeff Boals, Assistant Coach at Ohio State; Dalonte Hill, Assistant Coach at Maryland; Yanni Hufnagel, Assistant Coach at Harvard; Mike Rhoades, Assistant Coach at VCU; Travis Steele, Assistant Coach at Xavier; Allen Iverson, former NBA player
Possible Replacements For Jerrance Howard
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