The fact that David Sayler waited so long to make the move means that he probably already has someone in mind, but I figured I’d share the list of potential candidates I put together. It’s long, but not necessarily comprehensive. I’ve included their current job, the most recent salary info I could find, and a bio.
I’ve separated them into 4 tiers:
Tier 1 (very good options, but would likely be difficult to get)
Tier 2 (good options, but could be pricey and might not be available)
Tier 3 (decent options)
Tier 4 (fallback options) Tier 1:
John Becker, HC Vermont ($334k + over $100k in bonuses)
John Becker (born April 17, 1968) is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach of the Vermont Catamounts of the America East Conference. He replaced Mike Lonergan, who left to become the coach at George Washington University.
Becker's college coaching career began in 1994 when he became an assistant at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. In 1997, Becker was elevated to head coach of the Bison, where he served from 1997 to 1999. Becker also served as the men's tennis coac...
Chester Frazier, AC Illinois ($525k)
Chester Frazier (born April 14, 1986) is an American college basketball coach from Baltimore, Maryland currently serving as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois, his alma mater.
Frazier played four seasons at the University of Illinois (2005–09), under head coach Bruce Weber, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors. He earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Illinois in 2009.
Frazier joined his former head coach Bruce Weber as an ...
Dane Fife, AC Indiana ($375k)
Dane Fife (born (1979-07-26)July 26, 1979) is an American former college basketball player and current assistant coach at Indiana University. Fife is the former head coach of the Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Mastodons men's basketball team and was former college assistant coach at Michigan State University for ten years before leaving to become an assistant coach at his alma mater, Indiana University.
Fife played basketball and football for Clarkston High School in...
Chris Mack, unemployed
Christopher Lee Mack (born December 30, 1969) is an American college basketball coach and the former head coach at the University of Louisville and Xavier University.
Chris Mack was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in North College Hill, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. He graduated in 1988 from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, where he was named 1987–88 Cincinnati Post Metro Player of the Year.
Mack continued on to the University of Evansville, where he played basketball for two seasons. ...
Eric Henderson, HC South Dakota St ($275k)
Eric Henderson is an American basketball coach. He currently coaches the South Dakota State Jackrabbits men's basketball team.
Henderson played college basketball at Wayne State College in Nebraska under Greg McDermott where he registered 876 rebounds and 160 career steals. He was inducted into the Wayne State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
After graduation, Henderson joined the coaching staff of his alma mater from 2001 to 2003. He would then enter the high school ranks as the girls ba...
Jordan Mincy, HC Jacksonville (private)
Jordan Mincy (born October 11, 1986) is an American basketball coach who is the current head coach of the Jacksonville Dolphins men's basketball team.
Mincy played college basketball at Kent State under both Jim Christian and Geno Ford, where he was part of two MAC regular season and conference tournament squads, making two trips to the NCAA tournament in 2006 and 2008. Mincy left as the all-time leader in MAC history in games played at 135, and in seventh place on Kent State's all-time assists ...
Robert Jones, HC Norfolk St ($305k)
Robert Jones (born June 26, 1979) is an American basketball coach, currently the head men's basketball coach at Norfolk State University. He was named interim head coach on April 15, 2013, and was named full head coach in February 2014. He grew up in South Jamaica, Queens, NY. In 2019, he was awarded the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.
Robert Jones is in the midst of his ninth season as the head coach of Norfolk State’s men’s basketball program. NSU’s 9-1 start to the 2021-22 season is the...
Roger Powell, AC Gonzaga (private)
Roger Powell Jr. (born January 15, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player and assistant coach for the Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team. He played collegiately at the University of Illinois from 2001–2005, after having attended Joliet West High School, with a 2001 graduation. Powell played the forward position for his high school and in college. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in speech communications. Powell's father was a former Joli...
Travis Steele, unemployed
Travis Andrew Steele (born November 12, 1981) is an American college basketball coach, and most recently the head coach of the Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team.
Steele began coaching as an undergraduate at Butler University, assisting the varsity boys basketball team at nearby Ben Davis HS from 2001 to 2004. He served one season as a graduate manager at Ohio State before landing his first college coaching position as an assistant coach at Wabash Valley in 2005. Steele moved on to Indian...
Charlie Henry, AC Alabama ($309k)
Charlie Henry (born c. 1985) is an American basketball coach, currently an assistant coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference.
In 2014 Henry was promoted to assistant coach at Iowa State University by head coach Fred Hoiberg. In July 2015, Henry was named an assistant coach of the Chicago Bulls under former Iowa State University head coach Fred Hoiberg. In August 2017, the Windy City Bulls hired him to be their head coach.
Jared Grasso, HC Bryant (private)
Jared Keith Grasso (born May 11, 1980) is an American college basketball coach, and head coach of the Bryant Bulldogs men's basketball team since 2018.
Grasso played four years at Quinnipiac, where he ranks fifth all-time in assists, and fourth all-time in three-point field goals. He graduated in 2002 as Quinnipiac's second 1,000-point scorer in its Division I era and was inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
After graduation, Grasso joined the coaching staff at Hofstr...
Griff Aldrich, HC Longwood ($150k)
Scott Griffith "Griff" Aldrich is an American college basketball coach and lawyer. He is the current head coach of the Longwood Lancers men's basketball team.
Aldrich played at Hampden–Sydney under Tony Shaver, where he was team captain his senior year and a part of two NCAA Tournament squads for the Tigers. Aldrich also was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa honors societies.: 91, 138
After graduation from the University of Virgin...
BJ McKie, AC Wake Forest (private)
Bjorn "BJ" McKie (born April 7, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach at Wake Forest. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, McKie went to high school at Irmo High School and played for the University of South Carolina men's basketball team. In January 1999, he became the Gamecocks' all-time leading scorer, surpassing Alex English. The college retired his number 3 jersey in 2005. His son, Justin McKie, also starred at Irmo, and followed in his father' After ...
Neill Berry, AC Marquette (private)
Sean Dwyer, AC Loyola-Chicago (private)
Brian Ayers, AHC Belmont (private)
Ben McCollum, HC NW Missouri St (unknown)
Benjamin M. McCollum (born April 12, 1981) is the men's basketball head coach at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.
McCollum was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1999. He played basketball for two years at North Iowa Area Community College before transferring in 2001 to Northwest, where he played for Steve Tappmeyer as the school made its first Elite Eight appearance. He graduated from Northwest...
Jerrod Calhoun, HC Youngstown St ($200k)
Jerrod Frank Calhoun (born October 17, 1981) is an American college basketball coach who is currently the head coach for the Youngstown State Penguins men's basketball team.
A standout basketball player at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Calhoun attended Cleveland State University and played two seasons under Rollie Massimino. He moved on to Cincinnati and acted as a student assistant under Bob Huggins until his graduation in 2004.
Calhoun's first job post graduation was...
Austin Claunch, HC Nicholls St ($130k)
Austin Claunch (born November 17, 1989) is an American college basketball coach, and current head coach of the Nicholls Colonels men's basketball team.
Claunch played four years at Emory, where he was a three-time First Team All-University Athletic Association selection, finishing his career with the Eagles as the school's all-time assists leader, and ranking eighth all-time in career points.
After graduation, Claunch spent the 2012–13 season as the director of player development under Paul Hew...
Jamion Christian, unemployed
Jamion Christian (born April 18, 1982) is an American college basketball coach, who was most recently the head coach of the George Washington Colonials men's basketball team. He previously was the head coach at Siena and Mount St. Mary's.
Christian was born and raised in Quinton, Virginia. As a shooting guard, he led New Kent High School to a Virginia High School League State Championship with a 26–0 record and earned the VHSL Group A State Player of the Year honors. Christian then became a sh...
Ricardo Greer, AHC Dayton (private)
Ricardo Greer (born August 18, 1977) is a Dominican-American former professional basketball player who is currently an assistant coach at the University of Dayton.
Greer was part of the Dominican Republic national team from 1999 to 2009 helping the team at the 1999 and 2009 FIBA Americas Championships as well as the 2002 Caribebasket tournament.
Ricardo has a son named RJ. Greer. Ricardo has a younger brother, Jeff Greer, who also played in French Pro A League and for the Dominican Republic nat...
Ali Farokhmanesh, AC Colorado St ($160k)
Ali Fredrick Farokhmanesh (born April 16, 1988) is an American former professional basketball player and current Colorado State Rams men's basketball assistant coach. Farokhmanesh gained nationwide fame in the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a member of the Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team, when he hit a crucial 3-point shot that helped UNI upset top overall seed Kansas in the second round. His heroics, which came two days after hitting the game-winning three-po
James Whitford, unemployed
James Bryce Whitford (born July 23, 1971) is an American college basketball coach and the former head coach of the Ball State Cardinals men's basketball program. Before he was hired at Ball State, Whitford served as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), Xavier, and Arizona.
While enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Whitford spent three seasons as a student manager for the Badgers men's basketball team. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1994.
Bashir Mason, HC Wagner (private)
Bashir Mason (born February 11, 1984) is the men's basketball head coach at Wagner College as of 2012. He is the 18th head coach in the program's history. When hired, Mason was the youngest coach in NCAA Division I Basketball.
Postseason invitational champion
Conference regular season champion
Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
Division regular season champion
Division regular season and conference tournamen...
Jermaine Henderson, AC Kansas St (unknown)
A veteran coach with more than 20 years of experience, Jermaine Henderson enters his fifth season at Kansas State, including his third as an assistant coach in 2021-22,
Ben Howlett, HC West Liberty ($93k)