RADFORD — Radford University is rewarding men’s coach Mike Jones and women’s coach Mike McGuire with contract extensions, athletics director Robert Lineburg said Wednesday.
The new deals for Jones and McGuire will keep them with the Highlanders through June 2025.
The seventh head coach in Radford history and a former VCU assistant coach, Jones has won 138 games across eight seasons, making him the third-winningest coach in Highlanders history. He and the Highlanders have won 45 games in the past two seasons alone, including the 2018 Big South title, a share of the 2019 Big South regular-season crown and the first NCAA tournament victory in program history.
Having completed his sixth season at the helm of the Radford women’s program, McGuire has an overall record of 116-75. He has gone 78-36 in Big South play and has led the Highlanders to two Big South regular-season titles, one Big South tournament title, three WNIT appearances and one NCAA tournament appearance.
Alabama hires Oats
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama hired Nate Oats, who led Buffalo to three NCAA tournaments in four seasons, as its new men’s coach.
Crimson Tide athletics director Greg Byrne announced the hiring Wednesday, three days after parting ways with Avery Johnson.
Oats was the Mid-American Conference coach of the year each of the past two seasons.
He went 96-43 with the Bulls and won three MAC tournament titles.
Tennessee fires women’s coach Warlick
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee fired women’s coach Holly Warlick after a season in which the Lady Vols barely kept their NCAA tournament streak alive and then lost in the opening round.
Although Warlick won 72 percent of her games after taking over for Pat Summitt in 2012, the Lady Vols couldn’t approach the heights they’d reached under her predecessor.
Warlick had a 172-67 record over seven seasons. Tennessee made it to regional finals in three of her first four years but hasn’t advanced beyond the second round any of the last three seasons.
Tennessee lost 89-77 to UCLA on Saturday to cap a 19-13 season. The Lady Vols fell short of 20 wins for the first time since 1975-76.
Huskies hire Smith
Washington State hired Kyle Smith as its new men’s coach following the disappointing tenure of Ernie Kent.
Smith, 49, was given a six-year deal. He comes to Washington State after a successful three-year run as the head coach at San Francisco.
Smith went 63-40 at San Francisco, winning at least 20 games in each season and finishing in the top half of the West Coast Conference standings.
San Francisco: Associate coach Todd Golden was promoted to head coach after Kyle Smith left for Washington State.
It’s Golden’s first college head coaching job. He will receive a five-year contract.
Golden started his coaching career at Columbia in 2013-14 before working for two years at Auburn. He has spent the past three seasons at USF.
UNLV: South Dakota State’s T.J. Otzelberger was hired the Runnin’ Rebels’ next men’s coach.
Otzelberger spent the past three seasons at South Dakota State, going 70-33 while leading the Jackrabbits to the NCAA tournament twice. South Dakota State won the Summit League regular-season title this season, but ended up in the NIT after losing in the conference tournament.
Otzelberger replaces Marvin Menzies, who was fired on March 15 after three seasons.
UCLA: Sophomore forward Kris Wilkes said he was hiring an agent and declaring for the NBA draft, ending the college career of a prolific scorer on teams that largely struggled to fulfill their promise.
Wilkes was UCLA’s top scorer last season, averaging 17.4 points and 4.8 rebounds on the way to being selected second-team all-Pac-12. But the Bruins finished 17-16 and did not qualify for the NCAA tournament one season after being one of the last teams selected and losing to St. Bonaventure in a play-in game.
Georgia State: Assistant Travis Williams was promoted to interim head coach.
Athletics director Charlie Cobb said Williams will guide the program during the search for a successor to Ron Hunter, who said Sunday he was leaving the Panthers after eight seasons to take over at Tulane.
Williams is a former Georgia State player who served on Lefty Driesell’s staff from 1999 to 2003 and returned to his alma before this past season to work under Hunter.
San Diego State: Coach Brian Dutcher said forward Jalen McDaniels will forgo his remaining college eligibility and hire an agent to pursue a professional career.
The redshirt sophomore was second on the team in scoring with 15.9 points and led the Aztecs in rebounding with 8.3. The previous season, he averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.