Old Dominion Begins Search For New Head Coach

By Sean Labar

Old Dominion University is in need of a men’s basketball coach with a proven history and winning mentality. Last week, the Monarchs fired Blaine Taylor, who has been at the helm in Norfolk for twelve seasons.

Taylor has the most wins in school history, but Old Dominion has struggled this season with a dismal (2-20) record. So the million dollar question becomes, who’s next?

Monarchs’ athletic director Wood Selig knows what he is looking for in the coaching search, but stressed that it will not be a decision made overnight.

“We need someone who has a ton of energy, and who is going to be good in front of donors and corporate partners and friends of our program,” Selig told The Virginian-Pilot. “If we can attract either a current or former head coach, that will be a plus.”

To me, this isn’t a glamorous job, but certainly a good one. Old Dominion is making the jump from the CAA to C-USA next season, where wins will be tougher to earn.

There are several candidates in the mix, but VCU assistant Mike Rhoades could be exactly what Selig is looking for. He has the coaching experience, having won 197 games as Randolph Macon’s head man. He is also known for his intensity and energy, something the Monarchs have been lacking. How about those local ties and community outreach? Rhoades’ current home in Richmond is just an hour and a half from Norfolk, giving him knowledge of the area and program.

Right now this is all speculation, but Selig is expected to make a decision by the Final Four. I’m curious to see how it all pans out.


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