The Gaels look to fill their vacant coaching position after the departure of Rob Smart Sr. earlier this season with what has been described as a national search by several Queen's alumni who were addressed by the Queen's athletic department at a recent fundraising event. Assistant coach Duncan Cowan took over for Smart on an interim basis and led the Gaels to a 6-16 record and a 7th place finish in the OUA East this season.
Cowan should certainly be a candidate for the position however there are at least four others, all with impressive credentials, who should also garner an interest in this position at a prestigous University with several generations of loyal alumni hungry to win.
At the top of this list is likely to be Craig Norman, a former CIS Coach-of-the-Year at RMC, where he led the Paladins to their only winning seasons in their CIS history, and former McGill Head Coach, giving him the experience of having worked at one of Canada's finest academic institutions. Another former CIS Head Coach, Thom Gillespie, currently an Assistant Coach with Dalhousie Tigers also has been the Head man at Thompson Rivers University and at UNB where he led the Varsity Reds to their last CIS Final 8 appearance in the mid 2000's.
Two other viable candidates include Rick Dilena, currently an Assistant at U of Toronto under Mike Katz, and Darrell Glenn, former Humber College Head Coach with several years experience working in Canada's national team program. Dilena has prior Head Coaching experience at Humber, where he led the Hawks to a CCAA championship, and at Seneca College before joining his long-time colleague Katz at U of T.
As well, there are two other coaches with serious track records in the OUA West: Ken Murray and Joe Raso, who built perennial national championship contenders at Brock (where Murray won two CIS National championships) and McMaster (where Raso qualified for 13 CIS national tournaments, getting to the championship game on 4 occasions and winning 4 Wilson Cup OUA championships) respectively and who would be tremendous additions to any basketball program although both have deep roots in Southern Ontario.
Expect a decision to be made as quickly as May 1st with applications being taken up to March 17th according to the job posting.