Gary DeCesare Leaves DePaul

When Jerry Wainwright, one of the most interesting coaches to talk to, left Richmond for DePaul he brought along his coaching staff, as many do now. One of these was New York's Gary DeCesare. Today, DePaul announced associate head coach DeCesare resigned along with fellow assistant Ramon Williams. DePaul has no assistants for Coach Wainright.

The third assistant, son Scott Wainwright, resigned on March 19th.

The entire press release issued today reads:

    CHICAGO – DePaul men's basketball coach Jerry Wainwright announced today that associate head coach Gary DeCesare and assistant coach Ramon Williams have resigned from their positions. The two coaches have been on the DePaul staff since 2005.

    "I would like to thank Gary and Ramon for their hard work and loyalty during the last seven years that we have been together," said Wainwright. "They are outstanding coaches and even better men and role models, and I wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors."

    DePaul will begin a national search to fill the positions.

DeCesare spent 16 seasons at his alma mater, St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, where he compiled a 286-142 record (.668). Three years, he was named the New York State Coach of the Year. Also was head coach for the East team at USA Basketball's 2002 Men's Youth Development Festival. He was director of the New York Ravens program, and, for 10 years, 1993-02, was Director of adidas' ABCD Basketball Camp

DeCesare joined the Richmond staff in 2002-03 and had been with Jerry Wainwright for seven years, three at UR, four at DePaul.


Interesting points (most everything about this year's Big East is new to me -- ya know, A-10 and all that):

  • Seems there have been rumblings in Chicago. The Blue Demons finished 9-22 and were knocked out of the Big East Tournament in the second round. Getting there was a small victory, since in the previous year, an 11-19, 6-12 record wasn't good enough. Rule changes do help some times.
  • The win over Cincinnati in the 2009 opening round was their first Conference "W" this season; DePaul was 0-18 in the Big East when the regular season ended.
  • In 2006-07, Wainwright's second season at DePaul, the team finished 20-14, 14-2 in Big East play and went to the NIT.
  • The Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite wrote, "Right now, I'm searching to find the last time all three assistants for a Division I program were shown the door -- when there haven't been any NCAA violations -- yet the head coach stayed. I'm guessing it's a short list."
  • Was Coach told, 'you can stay but your assistants, including you son, need to go'?
  • Two players, 6-foot-10, 255-pound sophomore big forward Mac Koshwal and 6-foot-5, 215-pound sophomore shooting guard Dar Tucker, have made themselves available for the NBA draft. Koshwal can return but Tucker won't (per DePaul release) though according to today's Chicago Tribune, "...he has not hired an agent and may still withdraw his name from the draft by the June 15 cutoff for underclassmen."
  • Two players signed in the fall, 6-foot-5, 200-pound juco forward Mike Stovall and 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward Tony Freeland from L.A. For a lot of reasons, it's the assistant coaches who do the bulk of the recruiting. Impact unknown.
  • Chicago Tribune again, "The Blue Demons are wondering who else might leave the program."

It's a tough road. What we can say to the DePaul team and their fans is -- good luck.

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