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.
May 7, 2010; 6:46 PM ET
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