A source within the Marist men’s basketball team told the Marist Hoops Insider that two candidates for the Marist head coaching position visited the campus this week. On Wednesday, Jay Young, Stony Brook top assistant, and Anthony Evans, Norfolk State head coach, each met with administration and current players. Both have ties to the area.
Young, who graduated from Marist in 1986, just finished his seventh year on staff at Stony Brook. He has been the associate head coach under Steve Pikiell since 2009. Before Stony Brook, he was an assistant coach at Northeastern for four seasons and the head coach at the University of New Haven, where he led the team to over-.500 seasons in four of his five years.
Evans has been the head coach at Norfolk State for six seasons. Last season, the Spartans were a 15-seed in the NCAA Tournament and upset Missouri in the first round. Evans was a player at SUNY Orange and got his coaching start at SUNY Ulster.
According to the source, more candidates will be coming to campus next week.
Update, April 3: Jeff Bower
A source in Marist Athletics said that Jeff Bower, a candidate for the men’s basketball head coaching position, was on campus interviewing today. The source said met with both administration and current players.
Bower was an assistant at Marist under Dave Magarity from 1986-1995, after which he was hired as a scout by the Charlotte Hornets. He held both assistant coaching and front office positions with the team until he took over as general manager from 2002-2003, after the Hornets moved to New Orleans. He held the GM position again from 2005-2010, guiding the team through the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and was the Hornets’ head coach throughout most of the 2009-10 season. Bower and the Hornets parted ways after that season.
Update, April 4: Jim Fox
The source said that Jim Fox was interviewing on campus today. Fox is the associate head coach at Davidson College. He was promoted to that position in 2012 and has been with the program under head coach Bob McKillop for 12 years. Davidson won the Southern Conference this past season, going 26-7 overall and 17-1 in the conference. The Wildcats, a 14-seed, lost a 59-58 game to three-seed Marquette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last month.