Chuck Driesell, son of former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell and head coach at Bishop Ireton in Alexandria, Va., informed his team yesterday of his decision to accept an assistant coaching position at Maryland, one of his players said.
Bishop Ireton guard Alex Yurgaitis said Driesell informed the Cardinals at their open gym session after school. Maryland coach Gary Williams will make an official announcement at an 11 a.m. news conference today in the Tyser Tower press box at Byrd Stadium, but the university has not released the name of the new hire. He is expected to be joined today by Driesell.
"A lot of people at my school go on the Internet and are really into basketball," said Yurgaitis, who will be a senior. "It had been in the news that [Driesell] wasn't given the job but was a candidate for it. [The announcement] wasn't out of the blue, but it was a little bit of a shock."
Driesell will fill the vacancy left by Rob Moxley, who is now an associate head coach at North Carolina-Charlotte. Driesell was a shooting guard for the Terps and graduated from Maryland in 1985. He played with NBA draftees Len Bias, Adrian Branch, Ben Coleman and Jeff Adkins. According to information from Bishop Ireton, Driesell appeared in 58 games in his career and scored the final four points in his father's 500th coaching victory.
Driesell spent six seasons as head coach at Marymount in Arlington. He was also an assistant at Georgetown under former coach Craig Esherick, and he spent nine years as associate head coach at James Madison under the direction of his father.