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Gonzaga Assistant Ray Giacoletti Named Head Coach at Drake

Chris Humphreys-USA Today Sports

According to a report from, the Drake Bulldogs have reportedly agreed to hire Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti as their new head coach.

Drake fired Mark Phelps just a few weeks ago following yet another season below .500. The Bulldogs finished the 2012-13 season at 15-17 overall and in five seasons, Phelps only mustered 77 total wins.

Giacoletti has long been rumored a hot name for many schools, so it’s no surprise that Drake pursued him. Giacoletti has been an assistant coach under Mark Few since 2007, but he does have past head coaching experience. Giacoletti led Utah to the Sweet 16 back in 2005, but was released from his duties after just three seasons. Giacoletti also led Eastern Washington to the NCAA Tournament back in 2004.

In his head coaching career at the Division I level, Giacoletti has totaled a 123-90 record.

It will certainly be interesting to see if Giacoletti can resurrect the Bulldogs’ program. Drake has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and aside from that one trip, the Bulldogs have not made the Big Dance since 1971. Drake earned a No. 5 seed back in 2008 when head coach Keno Davis put the Bulldogs on the map for one quick stint. Drake was stunned at the buzzer in the game by No. 12 Western Kentucky and Ty Rogers and it could be said that the Bulldogs have been never the same since.

Giacoletti faces a tough assignment considering Drake has only had two winnings seasons since that year.


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