Earlier in the week, I put together an initial list of potential candidates to replace Cleveland State men’s basketball coach Gary Waters, who retired after 11 seasons with the Vikings. My list included Jerrod Calhoun, Billy Donlon, John Groce (not Jim; an error I caught too late) and Patrick Tatham.
Since that point in time, new names have emerged, many of which either have local ties or some connection to athletic director Mike Thomas.
Among the names that have been put forward have been Geno Ford, the former Kent State head coach and current Stony Brook assistant, and current Ohio State assistant coach and former Cavs assistant Chris Jent. The Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto also included Ford’s current boss at Stony Brook, Jeff Boals, who is also a former OSU assistant.
While most of the names being tossed out are based on speculation at this point (with the exception of Jent, thanks to Sam Amico), one candidate has already made it known that he’s interested in the CSU job and that he’s got the credentials to turn things around.
And it’s a name that Pluto also mentioned and certainly one that Viking fans should be very familiar with: Jermaine Kimbrough.
Jermaine Kimbrough Makes His Case to be Cleveland State Coach