Loyola (MD) Greyhounds
Overall Rank: #101
Marist Red Foxes
Overall Rank: #135
According to Dick "Hoops" Weiss of the New York Daily News, Iona has hired former Seton Hall point guard Shaheen Holloway as an assistant coach. Holloway spent last season at his alma mater, helping out first year head coach Bobby Gonzalez in South Orange as a graduate assistant. With the amount of youth in the Gaels' backcourt, this is a very good hire. Iona had trouble in the backcourt last season due to injuries and inexperience. Returnees such as Milan Prodanovic, Mike Harris and De'Shaune Griffin should benefit from Holloway's presence on the staff.
This morning, Iona College announced that Louisville assistant Kevin Willard will be the new basketball coach. Go to www.iona.edu/gaels for more details as the day progresses.
In a joint written statement released today, Iona College and former head basketball coach Jeff Ruland have come to a mutual agreement on the terms of a contract settlement for the last two years of his contract. In his nine years in New Rochelle, Ruland led his alma mater to three MAAC titles and three NCAA Tournaments.
According to the New York Post, Iona will relieve mens basketball coach Jeff Ruland of his head coaching duties. Ruland, 139-134 in nine seasons at his alma mater, is currently on vacation in Caribbean and any announcement regarding the direction of the program will be delayed until he returns. One year after the Gaels went 23-8 and represented the MAAC in the NCAA Tournament, injuries hit the team hard to the tune of a 2-28 record.
If the report is indeed true, Iona will pay Ruland $1.2 million to buy out the remaining two years of his contract.
Collegehoops.net High-Major Player of the Year: Nick Fazekas (Nevada)
Collegehoops.net Mid-Major Player of the Year: Jared Jordan (Marist)
G: Loren Stokes (Hofstra)
G: Morris Almond (Rice)
F: Nick Fazekas (Nevada)
C: Stephane Lasme (UMASS)
C: Jason Smith (Colorado State)
Second Team High-Major All-American
G: Derek Raivio (Gonzaga)
G: Jaycee Carroll (Utah State)
F: DaShaun Wood (Wright State)
F: Rashaun Freeman (UMASS)
C: Randal Falker (SIU)