Who Will Cal Rent to Fill Affiliate Head Coach Function?


Cal head coach Dave Durden is beginning to get a repute as a kingmaker of types in school swimming.

After two straight NCAA males’s crew titles, his final two males’s crew assistants have gotten Energy 5 head teaching jobs within the final two offseasons, together with Matt Bowe, who took the Michigan job on Friday.

For skilled affiliate head coaches who’re able to make the bounce to the highest of their very own program, that is the job to take (now that each one recognized head teaching jobs are out).

So for the third time this offseason, it is a gig the place virtually everyone seems to be in play.

Whittling the checklist down, then, turns into a sport of educated guesses. There aren’t a ton of skilled Cal alums available on the market, so the apparent set off is dominated out. Cal can be in a a lot totally different place than they had been final offseason: this system is now mixed, so Durden isn’t essentially taking a look at a males’s crew coach, however somewhat a mixed program affiliate head coach. These are two very various things.

He wants a recruiter. Dave Marsh is clearly an awesome recruiter, however in a mixed program at a program like Cal, with new rent Kim Williams being relatively-inexperienced, it takes multiple.

Remember that Cal additionally has an assistant teaching position to fill (Jesse Moore left too, and so they had been one quick final season due to the uncertainty over Teri McKeever). These are two very totally different jobs (one carries an even bigger title and an even bigger wage), however a minimum of which means Durden already has hiring on his thoughts and has been having a variety of conversations.

Whenever you have a look at previous Durden assistants, although, he tends to search for coaches who lean towards the extra buttoned-up, organized skilled, shirt-tucked kind of coach.

Right here’s some names that I’ve crowd-sourced that may match the Cal tradition.

Mike Joyce, Head Males’s Swimming Coach, Minnesota

Joyce has two seasons beneath his belt at Minnesota after three seasons at Auburn, one at Arizona State, a pair at Princeton, and as a volunteer assistant at each Florida and NC State.

Joyce is climbing the ladder for positive and is arising in more-and-more conversations nationally.

Joyce, like plenty of Minnesota staffers, did simply get an enormous promotion in Minneapolis, however in line with the college’s public data workplace, that didn’t include any new contract, so the title alone won’t be sufficient for him to move this job up if supplied.

The knock right here is that Minnesota hasn’t blown anybody away with recruiting recently. It appears like Joyce wants yet one more cease in between Minnesota and Cal (or to see some enhancements in this system there).

Duncan Sherrard, Assistant Coach/Males’s Recruiting Coordinator, South Carolina

South Carolina has made strides beneath Jeff Poppell, and whereas there’s a gulf between them and Cal nonetheless, there’s some power there that might be interesting.

He’s one other man with an Auburn background – he spent 3 years coaching the sprinters there beneath Gary Taylor. Durden is a former Auburn assistant coach as properly, although he didn’t overlap with both Sherrard or Joyce.

He additionally spent 3 years coaching the sprinters at North Carolina.

South Carolina has had some pickup of their recruiting, punching above their weight class the previous few years, particularly with transfers. The knock right here is that on a employees with Durden and Marsh, the dash group is in good condition, so Sherrard’s specialty won’t be the proper puzzle piece for Durden’s employees.

Steph Juncker, Affiliate Head Coach/Girls’s Recruiting Coordinator, Louisville

The lone remaining piece from the Louisville machine that appears to maintain marching on with a brand new employees yearly, Juncker.

At this level, she oughta be within the dialog for each job that opens up, in order that type of leads me to imagine that she’s both in search of a head teaching job or glad to remain at Louisville.

Her present position is concentrated on recruiting girls, so it’s believable that Durden, now with the whole lot organized, may shift Marsh’s focus to males’s recruiting and let Juncker take the lead on girls’s recruiting – so there are alternatives there. But when I’m Cal, I’m attempting to get the final long-time piece of that Louisville magic.

Jason Calanog, Affiliate Head Coach (Males), Texas A&M

Calanog has breathed new life right into a Texas A&M males’s program that, previous to his arrival, was staggering a little bit bit.

He’s skilled three totally different guys from three totally different generations to do issues that no one has achieved earlier than: Caeleb Dressel at Bolles, Shaine Casas at A&M, and now Baylor Nelson at A&M.

He’s bought the flexibility to fill the position wanted (and is working onerous on mid-d proper now, which meshes with Cal’s wants). The Aggies are recruiting very properly. After Nelson’s 12 months, Calanog ought to begin getting a glance for many massive jobs within the subsequent few years.

The one knock on him on the school stage is that he doesn’t have a ton of years (or selection) of faculty expertise, however that’s extra of a problem for a head teaching position than it might be for an affiliate position like Cal.

Dr. Josh White, Affiliate Head Coach, Michigan

The guru of Michigan’s distance program that was the perfect within the nation within the 2010s, he would definitely fill out the outlet in Cal’s teaching employees (although let’s be clear – they scored 9 factors at NCAAs within the mile and received the NCAA title, so the whole lot is relative).

So may the commerce be on? We all know White might be in search of a job after Bowe took over at Michigan, so may a ‘commerce’ of types be within the works right here?

Josh White did about the whole lot there was to do at Michigan. He’s a man who may be prepared for that ‘final step’ earlier than turning into a head coach.

I hate to jot down this, as a result of in his one 12 months at Hawaii, he was a sport changer, however Stephens needs to be on the radar right here. He’s achieved a ton with out a lot at each Hawaii and BC, and although he’s solely been at Hawaii for a 12 months, this may be the suitable place for him to maneuver on shortly.

To not overstate it, however Stephens is turning into a little bit of a magician along with his outcomes at lower-resourced packages. He doesn’t have any massive program expertise, although, and that’s an entire totally different ballgame. This Cal job can be his probability to search out out if he ‘has it’ or ‘doesn’t have it’ to climb that ladder.

Who else?

Trying by the highest names on the different ‘sizzling’ packages, like NC State, Texas, Auburn, or Arizona State, I simply don’t see many becoming this position for a technique or one other, although there are some nice coaches on these staffs.

Vlad Polyakov is in an awesome place, however I don’t know that Cal is essentially an improve from his gig as affiliate head coach at Auburn. Gideon Luow at Auburn is one other dash coach, as was talked about earlier than.

NC State’s teaching employees is skinny on expertise due to a lot of hire-aways over the previous few years, and Mark Bernardino isn’t transferring to the west coast at this level of his profession.

I nonetheless assume that Wyatt Collins is ready for his boss Eddie Reese to lastly retire at Texas. Mitch Dalton from the Texas girls’s crew makes much more sense – particularly given the recruiting tear that the Texas girls have been on after back-to-back NCAA runner-up finishes.


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