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Jimmy Patsos in running to return to Maryland as men's basketball assistant

(Updated at 8:55 p.m.)

Maryland is leaning towards naming Jimmy Patsos, currently the head coach at Loyola (Md.), to its men's basketball staff, according to multiple sources close to the program. Patsos worked at Maryland as an assistant to Coach Gary Williams for 13 years before leaving for Loyola in 2004. An official announcement could come next week.

In a telephone interview Friday night, Williams denied that any decision has been made and said the search is ongoing.

A spot on the Maryland staff opened April 26 when former top assistant Chuck Driesell left to take the head coaching job at The Citadel. Patsos is expected to take over Driesell's responsibilities as the Terrapins' recruiting coordinator.

Patsos developed a reputation as a skilled recruiter during his time at Maryland, from 1991 to 2004. In that period, the Terrapins earned 11 consecutive NCAA tournament berths, advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times and won the national championship in 2002.

In six seasons at the helm at Loyola, Patsos has guided the Greyhounds to an 83-99 record. He took over a program that had finished 1-27 in the season prior to his arrival. The Greyhounds finished tied for third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2006-07 and 2007-08. This past season, Loyola finished 13-17 overall and 6-12 in conference play, good for an eighth-place finish in the MAAC.

By Steve Yanda  |  May 7, 2010; 6:46 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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What will his compensation be. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | May 7, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I think we may have our next head coach

Posted by: skins4eva | May 7, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

skins4eva are you crazy? patsos record at loyola sucked and he had several embarrassing incidents. no chance he is maryland's next head coach.

Posted by: slim4 | May 7, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Was Patsos fired from Loyola, did he quit, or is he still officially their head coach?

Posted by: tfirey | May 8, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

This is the guy who had his team double team Steph Curry for an entire game, resulting in a 30+ point loss. I hope he's going to focus on recruiting exclusively.

Posted by: acebojangles | May 10, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I would love to bring patsos back and would be cool if he gets the coach in waiting title. My preference would be an unofficial coach in waiting situation, no need to lock that in stone

Posted by: jpfterps | May 10, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather see a career assistant, happy with his compesation and not really willing to move his family, who we can count on year after year. Dean Smith had it in Guthridge, JTII had it in Esherick, and Calhoun and coach K the ratface have long timers that don't appear to be headed anywhere soon. When Guthridge and Esherick ascended to the throne, both of them looked at it as unexpected, and though both were successful, they retired soon thereafter. There is something to be said about being number two and the pressures that don't have to be dealt with.

Every successful Dr. Frankenstein needs a great Igor to go digging through the graves if he wants to make a monster successfully. Lightning helps too.

Patsos is frequently on 105.7 (Baltimore's sport station) and is a funny, likable and insightful guy. GW takes a ton of pride in developing coaches into head coaches themselves. Loyola is a hard sell even in Baltimore. As a coach, not having to move for a job is a great luxury. GW is 65 though he looks younger than me. Don't like the HC in waiting idea as much for BB (than FB...although I'm not sold on Franklin at all yet). If you want a guy who has been with the program who left for another program, pay him and get him back. Besides, recruiting limitations may apply and are subject to change at the NCAA's whim.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | May 10, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Great post HughG... really funny Frankenstein reference.

I agree with all of your comments....

Posted by: petecard | May 11, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I don't "get" how having a losing record at Loyola would qualify Patsos as a coach in waiting? He's a good guy and a great assistant coach but that does not mean he has what it takes to be Marylands next head coach!

Most of the player's during Patsos stay were not blue chip recruits but guy's like Baxter and Dixion who developed into good players through hard work.

Posted by: sbf845 | May 12, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

HGR - um, Esherick was fired after five seasons. It was kind of a disaster.

We'll see how long Gary hangs on; the way I see it he'll either hang it up in a few years, or coach himself to the grave. Even in the former case, though, it's probably too early to start talking succession (though it would seem that a Patsos hiring might set that in motion).

As for Patsos not recruiting blue-chip guys, GW doesn't *want* blue-chip guys most of the time - he prefers talented players who need some work and will buy into his system. He doesn't deal well with head cases - see J. Gilchrist. And if you recall, of the three McDonald's All Americans he's brought to Maryland - Keith Booth, Danny Miller, Mike Jones - only Booth played to his real potential.

I'd be happy for Patsos to return.

Posted by: JtotheG | May 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

JtotheG -

Wow - just wikipedia'd Esherick - much worse than I recall or thought. I was not living in the area at the time and really only payed attention to MD - I recalled beating them in the sweet 16 on the way to the first FF. Still, I like the long-term assistants for maintaining a top tier program. Maybe now that Patsos had a chance to run a program, maybe he'd be a better assistant and perhaps a bit more appreciative of the pressures he does not have to deal with. Regardless, getting the right players, whether they are four-star McD AAs or "other guys" is the key and a long-term assistant might be best suited to help with the effort.

Guthridge (who I have not Wikipedia'd), was a different experience altogether for UNC. I know the Tar Heels are still fond of the guy.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | May 12, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

coach in waiting? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I just tore something laughing. JP couldn't get the UMBC job now, but he should take over the Terps. Huh.

Posted by: restonhoops | May 13, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

don't imagine loyola pays that much but Div 1 head coach to div 1 assistant? I konw loyola is a step above div II, but it's taking a demotion. Aren't assistant salaries capped?

Posted by: whomp1 | May 13, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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