DePaul Names Dave Leitao Coach
Apr. 17, 2002
CHICAGO (AP) _ Dave Leitao, an assistant under Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, was selected DePaul's new basketball coach Tuesday night, ending a six-week search for Pat Kennedy's successor.
Kennedy resigned March 5 after a 9-19 season, his third losing campaign in five years at DePaul, which also made the NIT and NCAA tournaments during his stay. After leaving DePaul, Kennedy took the head coaching job at Montana.
Leitao, 41, has been an assistant at Connecticut for a total of 14 years over two stints, including the past six years. The Huskies won the national championship in 1999.
He was head coach at Northeastern from 1994-96, resigning after a 4-24 second season and returning to UConn. His first Northeastern team was 18-11.
He will be introduced at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
Michigan State assistant Brian Gregory and Philadelphia 76ers assistant and former Ohio State coach Randy Ayers were candidates but removed their names from consideration.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Florida Atlantic coach Sidney Green, a former player for the Chicago Bulls, current DePaul assistant Tracy Dildy and DePaul women's coach Doug Bruno also interviewed for the job.