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Chuck Driesell to be named head coach at The Citadel

Chuck Driesell, who just completed his fourth season as an assistant on the Maryland men's basketball coaching staff, will be hired as head coach at The Citadel, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

This will be Driesell's first Division I head coaching job. He oversaw the men's basketball program at Division III Marymount University from 1997 to 2003, during which his teams went 88-72.

Driesell, the son of former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell, leaves his alma mater to take over a Citadel team that finished the 2009-10 campaign 16-16 overall and 9-9 in Southern Conference play. The Bulldogs' roster includes nine rising seniors.

The Citadel found itself in need of a new leader after former Coach Ed Conroy left to take the same position at Tulane earlier this month.

Driesell and his family spent the weekend in Charleston, S.C., where Driesell participated in a second interview for the Citadel job, according to the source, who wished to remain anonymous because the decision has not been officially announced yet. An announcement is expected to be made on Tuesday.

The Citadel is a military college; its students constitute the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. According to the school's Web site, about one-third of the students in each graduating class accept military commissions.

Driesell has some military experience. He spent three years as a lieutenant in the Navy. In fact, Driesell began his coaching career at the United States Naval Prep School. From 1985 to 1988, his teams went 40-29.

During his coaching career, Driesell also spent time as an assistant at James Madison and Georgetown. He joined the Maryland staff in 2006 after serving two seasons as head coach at Bishop Ireton High.

By Steve Yanda  |  April 26, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Good for Chuck, bad for UMD. Chuck was our best recruiter. Any chance we can get Dickerson back? Or I think Mouton would be a great coach.

Posted by: jpfterps | April 26, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Dickerson is an assistant at Ohio State now. My vote is for Matt Hahn.

Posted by: H1Dynasty | April 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Coach Driesell. Well deserved. MD's still got a couple of really good assistant coaches. And, this will give them another opportunity to add to the mix. What about Rob Moxley? I'm not sure if he's caught on anywhere after being let go by Charlotte? GW has a way of finding veteran coaches who are skilled recruiters. This is exciting for Coach Driesell and for MD.

Posted by: charles20001 | April 26, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

hire dino gaudio

Posted by: slim4 | April 26, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Coach Driesell. I met Chuck when he was at NAPS. Real nice fellow, I wish him much success at The Citadel.

Posted by: rooster75 | April 26, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if Gary could keep a staff together for more than 4 years. Joe Harrington is only on staff because Gary begged him to stay after 2007. Booth is a fine assistant coach, but I don't know what he brings as a recruiter. Drisell was the perfect fit for this team, and was starting to make some serious progress in the local recruiting scene.

I don't blame Chuck for leaving since he was only getting a pittance from the Terps as an assistant. Perhaps this hole will get the university to wake up and start paying the staff what it takes to stay competitive in the ACC.

Posted by: Russtinator | April 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Driesell began his coaching career at the United States Naval Prep School. From 1985 to 1988, his teams went 40-29."

"He oversaw the men's basketball program at Division III Marymount University from 1997 to 2003, during which his teams went 88-72."

Given the above track record, Chuck's qualifications aren't very impressive. Must be some politics coming into play here with his hiring at the Citadel. Maybe Lefty is pulling some strings?

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | April 26, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Since I live here where Chuck will now be coaching, I can report the Citadel is not a school where you "pull strings" to get hired.
It's about as low as you go on the D-1 ladder. An okay starter job with which to build your resume-- especially if you can recruit to Charleston (not a real basketball hotbed, College of Charleston notwithstanding).
In 4 years, now ex-coach Ed Conroy had built a respectable program, but bolted for Tulane (even though he is a 1989 Citadel alum).
That tells you all you need to know about coaching at the paramilitary El Cid.
Good luck to newly minted Coach Driesell.
With any luck, you too can upgrade in 3-4 years.

Posted by: chucktownCAPSfan | April 26, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Chuck! I remember meeting you at your fathers camp back in 85 and I remember how cool you were to us. I followed your career and was glad to see you back at UMD, but happier you get a head coaching job at a D1 school. I wish you we'll.

Posted by: dus_37 | April 26, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

With the opening, maybe Gary will hire someone that can recruit. Shame that Wake were able to hold on to Jeff Battle for Bzdelik's staff, he would have been exactly what the Terps need.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Coach Driesell - we will miss you and your dad. It was kind of nice to see Lefty taking in the games.

I think he took the gig because D-I coaching jobs are still extraordinarily hard to get. I thought of this article at ESPN about C-USA:

For all we know, CD needed to have strings pulled to get that job.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | April 26, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Chuck!!You deserve that position of Head Coach..The Terps had a great person for a "ZIP' salary....

You will be missed however when gw retires i hope you will come home

terp 1975

Posted by: carolina1 | April 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Ps...Joe Hull is right next door at the College of charleston as the AD...HE WANTS LEE FOWLERS JOB AT NC STATE...Lee will resign May 5th.... Not announced yet

Posted by: carolina1 | April 26, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Two words: Juan. Dixon

Make it happen Gary

Posted by: Barno1 | April 26, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Chuck! I am a Citadel grad and for one am thrilled to have Chuck as a coach. My brother hired Chuck at Bishop Ireton when my brother was the AD for BI. I can tell all cid grads that Chuck is a class act and will represent The Citadel well.

Posted by: carolinafunding | April 26, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Chuck. He's been a good assistant at Maryland and has paid his dues to get this opportunity. How about giving him a little credit? What clout does Lefty have at The Citadel, of all places, to "pull strings"?

Posted by: randysbailin | April 27, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Don't be stunned if Jimmy Patsos comes down from Loyola and takes the lead assistant job with Gary... Jimmy's dream job is at Maryland and perhaps he angles himself into a "coach in waiting" type scenario.

Just my 2 cents...

Posted by: S2DU | April 27, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Patsos wouldn't surprise me

Posted by: jpfterps | April 27, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Chuck is a great guy. He has a great family, too. Great to see him out on his own. I think he'll do well.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

yeah Jimmy Patsos is the guy we want as a coach in waiting.. NOT

Posted by: restonhoops | April 28, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Speak for yourself RestonHoops... Jimmy P has done a hell of a job at Loyola and we could do well to add his recruiting expertise, especially locally, into the program.

Posted by: S2DU | April 28, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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