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Bison Decision Near

Three months after dismissing longtime coach Keith Tucker, Howard University appears close to hiring a replacement. The school interviewed at least six candidates and has cut the list to two or three, several sources said.

The most prominent candidate is/was Shaka Hislop, the former Bison goalkeeper now playing for FC Dallas, but he has apparently told the school that, if offered, he would not be able to take the job until after the MLS season. Another player from the Bison's 1988 NCAA final four squad, Mike Williams, who coaches at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, also interviewed, as did 1990 U.S. World Cup player Jimmy Banks (Milwaukee School of Engineering). Philip Gyau, Clyde Watson and Isang Jacob have also been rumored.

The latest names to emerge are Joseph Okoh, who coaches Shepherd University (W. Va.) after working at four D.C. area high schools; and Kendall Walkes, longtime coach at West Chester University (Pa.). Unless Hislop decides to retire or Howard allows him to take the job in the fall, Okoh and Walkes seem to have the inside track. We should find out soon.

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2007; 11:05 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer  
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mike williams is the man.

Posted by: longfellow | April 22, 2007 11:59 PM | Report abuse

i can say first hand that mike williams would be a more than capable college coach. he would be an extremely effective motivator. having played d1 soccer and knowing mike well, i am certain that mike's knowledge of the game combined with his ability to relate to his players means that he could be a fantastic coach at the college level.

Posted by: player | April 23, 2007 12:27 AM | Report abuse

i agree

Posted by: meir? | April 23, 2007 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't too impressed with the tactics displayed by Shepherd for this week-end's spring games.

While Okoh was able to close the obvious (pressure the flanks rather than letting easy crosses come into the box), it took until the 2nd game. Also, I'm not sure how much that he teaches. With Shepherd, he seems to rely on his skillful Brazilian to create opportunities.

Shepherd defense is dreadful.

Posted by: JSF | April 23, 2007 7:16 AM | Report abuse

From what I hear, Howard U. is offering a base salary of less than $60,000 -- which is going to turn off a lot of potential candidates (unless they're independently wealthy like Shaka!).


Posted by: Goff | April 23, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Not a big deal, but Shepherd College is now Shepherd University.

Posted by: Keenan | April 23, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I've been around Kendall a lot and would like to see what he could do at a division I school. A few years back West Chester was ranked in the top 20 in the nation, but he's never able to get really top talent to come there. I think he's a great coach though and have seen him teach a lot to the club players around the area.

Posted by: none | April 23, 2007 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Shepherd tip. I fixed the original posting.

Posted by: Goff | April 23, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Hislop will take the job and manage it long distance thru his assistant coach Williams that first season.

Posted by: hank | April 23, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

How far is $60K per below the average for a D1 soccer coach? Gotta love my Bison cheap to the point of pain. At this rate I doubt we'll ever return to the upper echelon of our various leagues. The care and handling of a program that challenged for the national title a some years ago is sad

Posted by: Omar | April 23, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

60K is pretty low for Division I, especially for a program in a city where cost of living is very high.

Posted by: Goff | April 23, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

It's still probably more than mcps teacher salary.

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