Loyola has finalists for basketball coach


Loyola could find its new basketball coach at another Jesuit school.

The Greyhounds will interview finalists and possibly name their new coach next week, and the short list includes Xavier's Skip Prosser and La Salle's Joe Mihalich, assistants at other Jesuit colleges.

Prosser, 42, has spent the past eight seasons at Xavier, which made its seventh NCAA appearance in eight years last week, losing to Indiana in the second round. A native of Pittsburgh, he's been the recruiting coordinator the last six years.

"I'm sincerely interested in the Loyola job," Prosser said. "I think it's a terrific job."

Mihalich, 36, has been an assistant for 12 seasons at La Salle, and he's familiar with Loyola's situation, which bottomed out this year at 2-25, the worst record in Greyhounds' history.

"Loyola's a great school and the MAAC's a great league," Mihalich said. "I'd be honored to get the job."

The other finalists aren't known, but athletic director Joe Boylan said the list does not include Tom Young, the former Rutgers and Old Dominion coach. When Boylan took over as interim coach following the resignation of Tom Schneider on Jan. 15, Young helped as an assistant coach, but he did not apply for the job.

Loyola received over 70 applications, including ones from several ACC assistants. Boylan attended the ACC tournament and will watch the East Regional this weekend, and with Virginia at both sites, there is speculation that one of two Cavaliers assistants who applied will be a finalist.

Brian Ellerbe, a 29-year-old native of Bowie, played at Rutgers when Boylan was an assistant there. Both he and Dennis Wolff, 38, joined the Virginia staff when Jeff Jones was made the Cavaliers' head coach in 1990.

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