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Gary Williams on Chuck Driesell taking The Citadel job


The news broke earlier today that former Maryland assistant Chuck Driesell will become the next head coach at The Citadel. In doing so, Driesell joins a list of assistants who served under Coach Gary Williams that moved on to head coaching gigs. That list includes Rick Barnes, Fran Fraschilla, Fran Dunphy, Jimmy Patsos, Dave Dickerson, Billy Hahn, Mike Lonergan and (now) Driesell.

Earlier this afternoon, Williams spoke about Driesell's move to The Citadel.

"Well I think for any assistant it's a great thing to get a Division I coaching job," Williams said. "It's very difficult. It keeps getting more difficult to do that, so I think it's a good opportunity for him. He worked hard here for the time he was here. He deserves the opportunity to be a head coach."

Driesell will enter an environment starkly different from the one in which he operated at Maryland, a state school that competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Citadel is a military college that competes in the Southern Conference.

"It's a different league, obviously, but you have kids who want to play basketball," Williams said. "That's the bottom line. You have a chance to coach guys who are hungry to play, and the Citadel has had good teams over the years. There's some potential there to develop a really good basketball team, so I'm sure Chuck is excited about that, about the opportunity."

Driesell previously had led a Division III program. This will be his first go-around at the helm of a Division I team. Williams said Driesell is suited for the job.

"He's a relentless worker," Williams said. "In other words, he'll put the time in necessary to recruit to the Citadel, to get those guys playing as well as he can. If you want to be a successful head coach, you just have to commit to whatever the work involved in in that particular job to get it done. I think Chuck is a hard worker, and he can do that."

Williams said he didn't have a set timeline in mind for when he would like to name Driesell's replacement on the Maryland staff, though he pointed to next evaluation period on the NCAA recruiting calendar (which begins July 6) as a general deadline.

"You don't want to rush into anything, so you have to take a look at certain things and see who's available and go from there," Williams said. "The big thing is to be on board by the recruiting period. The next recruiting period is not until July. That's the most important thing."

By Steve Yanda  |  April 26, 2010; 4:54 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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"In doing so, Driesell joins a list of assistants who served under Coach Gary Williams that moved on to head coaching gigs. That list includes Rick Barnes, Fran Fraschilla, Fran Dunphy, Jimmy Patsos, Dave Dickerson, Billy Hahn, Mike Lonergan and (now) Driesell."

Don't short-change the Gary Williams coaching tree. There are 18 names on this list last I checked. And what about guys who got head coaching gigs in the NBA, guys like Randy Ayers, Ed Tapscott, or a guy like Michael Adams who was an WNBA head coach. There's many more than the few you listed.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 26, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

That's why he said including. It doesn't mean that's all of them. He's not about to list all 18 in this article, it's beside the point.

Posted by: UberJason | April 26, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Well if you wikipedia it, you just get the list he provided in the same order (and using the word "including"). Seems like it's more about lazy reporting, even borderline plagiarism, than excluding the others because it would be beside the point.

Not trying to give you a hard time Yanda, just my 2 cents.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 26, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

So I'm assuming we already placed a call to Dave Dickerson and if we have not, then we need to do that ASAP.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | April 26, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The Big East is a weird conference - 8 non Catholic fubbal schools and an additional 8 Catholic schools for everyhing else.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | April 26, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the weird singles web site advertisement? I think it's for Fushezzi

Posted by: jpfterps | April 26, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Sterling Gibbs commits to UMD. 1st recruit of 2011.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 27, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

And I was with you Barno until this....."Michael Adams who was an WNBA head coach." Let's cut it off after Tapscott and call it a win.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 27, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

The fact that so many assistants have left Gary's program might be due to the fact that he is nightmare to work for. He constantly berates his assistants, and as such he has never had the "loyal lieutenant" type of assistant (Brendan Suhr at Syracuse, Pete Gaudet at Duke, Bill Guthridge at UNC) that so many other head coach icons have had. Even Billy Hahn had enough.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 27, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

A Maryland assistant becomes coach of Citadel which lost it's coach to Tulane because they weren't happy with their former Maryland assistant. Small world.

Posted by: george214 | April 27, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

The fact that so many assistants have left Gary's program might be due to the fact that he is nightmare to work for. He constantly berates his assistants, and as such he has never had the "loyal lieutenant" type of assistant (Brendan Suhr at Syracuse, Pete Gaudet at Duke, Bill Guthridge at UNC) that so many other head coach icons have had. Even Billy Hahn had enough.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 27, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse
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This is 100% false. Nearly all UMD Terps, including Billy Hahn, left on great terms. If you care to provide specifics I can address and rebuke each of them.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 27, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This is an anecdote that's a little off topic: when I attended MD in the early '80's I would often drop by Cole Field House and watch the men's basketball team practice.
The one player who stood out on the B team, both because he played intelligently and had a great mid-range shot, was Chuck Driesell.
He was going against players like Adrian Branch, Len Bias and Keith Gatlin.
But he never saw much playing time.
I wondered then why he chose to play for his father, when he didn't have the height or speed to play in the ACC.
He could have been a star at a mid-major school.

Posted by: dzukijason | April 27, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The lgm comment was stupid. Billy Hahn took a head coaching opportunity.

What did Pete Guadet get for his years of loyal service? Coach K saddled him with a bad team and transferred the bad record of his official resume and onto Gaudets.

Posted by: jpfterps | April 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The fact that so many assistants have left Gary's program might be due to the fact that he is nightmare to work for. He constantly berates his assistants, and as such he has never had the "loyal lieutenant" type of assistant (Brendan Suhr at Syracuse, Pete Gaudet at Duke, Bill Guthridge at UNC) that so many other head coach icons have had. Even Billy Hahn had enough.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 27, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, this is pure idiocy. All of his assistants not only left on good terms, they left for major promotions and salary bumps. The quickest root to becoming a head basketball coach is to become an assistant under Gary Williams. Everyone in the business knows this.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 27, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Chuck!

its good to see another former Blue Devil (Springbrook, that is) getting ahead. i just hope he does better than the last one.

Posted by: mdrockjock | April 27, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

i dont think art perry left on good terms

Posted by: slim4 | April 27, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Garo can't help himself. He looks in a mirror and loves what he sees.

Here is the real kicker in Chuck going to The Citadel: It leaves a big hole in Gary's recruiting staff. Just another excuse for a continued lack of success going forward. We have some nice players, but no elite program would switch rosters with ours. GW got four years from the 3 seniors he is now losing and he got NO Sweet 16's. 7 years without a Sweet 16!

He can coach'em up as well as anyone, but he starts with such average ingredients that the final product just doesn't taste that good. Forget Zagat's top list, GW's menu wouldn't make Diners, Drive-ins and Dives best list.

But it does go very well with Koolaid!

Posted by: petecard | April 28, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Petecard,

If UMD's recruits weren't any good while Chuck was here as an assistant to Gary(which you've stated numerous times) then how is it leaving a "big hole?"

Contradiction #1. And yes, I'm going to start keeping count.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 28, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

fushezzi, not a contradiction at all. Chuck did a lot of recruiting. He did the actual work. He went after Gary's second rung guys. Now there is a hole even in that effort.

I think I'll start keeping track of your koolaid responses. Drink up!

Posted by: petecard | April 30, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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