I am realistic that we have a number of limiting factors in recruiting such a person. Our salary ($235,000 or so) and cost of living probably limits our candidate pool to up and coming associate A.D.ís and experienced A.D.ís who are already working in Southern California.
Iím hoping the Beach is looking hard at the current A.D. at UC Riverside. Wesley Mallette became interim A.D. at UCR during the period where they were considering eliminating their intercollegiate program. He was key in eliminating that threat and became their permanent A.D. Many on the board have joked about the UCR basketball program over the years, but they have improved substantially, going 9-6 (21-22) and 14-6 (22-23) since Mallette took over. (Mallette recently signed their HC to a 5 year extension) Check this article out about Wesley Mallette Ė 100 Most Impactful People in Menís College Basketball
I have no skin in this game but only want someone capable of bringing this program back to prominence. If not Wesley Mallette, I hope we donít hire another associate A.D. type who canít hit the ground running. Weíll be in big trouble.
Iím not aware of any other potential candidates with Div 1 A.D. experience on his or her resume. If you know of any, feel free to share that.
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