HOUSTON (AP) _ Dayton University officials have been granted permission to interview Rice basketball coach Scott Thompson for its vacant head coach position, Rice Athletic Director Bobby May said.
The Flyers post was vacated when Don Donoher was fired March 20 after 25 seasons at the Dayton, Ohio, school.
″We were already in the process of redoing Scott’s whole package prior to this,″ May told KRIV-TV Thursday. ″We are not surprised other schools have an interest in him and we plan to do what it takes to keep Thompson from leaving.″
Dayton Athletic Director Thomas Frericks said Thompson has good credentials.
″Scott Thompson has been described as the complete coach and that’s why we’re giving him a look,″ Frericks said.
Thompson, in his second year at Rice, has an overall record of 18-36, but was 12-15 this past season. His team also made it to the Southwest Conference post-season tournament for the first time since 1984.
Thompson, the youngest coach in the conference at 34, served as an assistant coach at Iowa and Arizona under Lute Olson for seven seasons before joining the Owls. He started his coaching career with a four-year stint at Notre Dame under Digger Phelps, during which time the Irish earned a Final Four berth in 1978.
In 1980, he returned to his alma mater and helped Iowa to three NCAA tournament appearances in his three seasons with the Hawkeyes. He followed Olson to Arizona in 1983.
He was the top assistant to Olson in Arizona where the Wildcats participated in the NCAA tournament during three of Thompson’s four years there.
Donoher’s record was 12-17 last season and 437-275 overall.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Delaware coach Steve Steinwedel, who has emerged as a top candidate for Duquesne University’s basketball coaching position, has been considered for several other coaching jobs and reportedly turned down an offer from Indiana State last month.
Steinwedel, who interviewed with Duquesne’s search committee earlier this week, met with school officials Thursday and was scheduled to meet with newly named athletic director Brian Colleary today.
Colleary, who was hired away from Marist College last week, said he would return to Pittsburgh from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., today to meet with a coaching candidate.
Colleary would not confirm the candidate is Steinwedel, but told The Pittsburgh Press, ″We’re only going to be talking to one person.″
A search committee headed by Pittsburgh Pirates president Carl Barger also has interviewed Nevada-Las Vegas assistant Tim Grgurich, Seton Hall assistant John Carroll, former NBA coach George Karl, St. Peter’s coach Ted Fiore and Penn State assistant Tim Loomis.
If he is hired, Steinwedel, a Mississippi State graduate, would replace Jim Satalin, who was fired last month after an 85-120 record in seven seasons.
Steinwedel has coached Delaware to a 56-55 record, including a school-best 19-9 record last year.
After coaching under Joedy Gardner at West Virginia, Steinwedel coached for Bill Foster at Duke and South Carolina. When Foster suffered a heart attack in 1982 and couldn’t coach for 10 weeks, Steinwedel coached the Gamecocks to a 12-5 record. They finished 22-9 and played in the National Invitation Tournament.
Delaware has been 11-16, 12-16, 19-9 and 14-14 under Steinwedel, a native of Seymour, Ind. The Blue Hens finished sixth in the East Coast Coinference this past season.