McCaffery was heavily discussed in regard to the St. John’s and Seton Hall jobs, so it’s a little startling to me that he’s heading out to the plains to take over a program that hasn’t had a Tournament apearance in four years and hasn’t won a Tournament game since 2001. It hasn’t reached the second weekend since 1999.
I’m not the only one who’s a bit puzzled by the move. McCaffery may have a hard time recruiting the type of player he’s gotten to Siena while operating out of Iowa City.
Then again, with the hire, Iowa accepts its shift in identity, as McCaffery isn’t a slow-it-down coach. While Michigan hasn’t seen success with that formula yet in the Big Ten, Ohio State’s done pretty well for itself under Thad Matta. McCaffery could be a renegade in a conference that often struggles to get its games above 120 points.
McCaffery, a Philadelphia native who turns 51 in May, has taken three different programs to the NCAA tournament as a head coach. He played college ball at Wake Forest and Penn.
McCaffery spent six seasons at UNC-Greensboro, posting a 90-87 record, before taking over at Siena before the 2005-06 season. McCaffery also coached Lehigh for three seasons, guiding it to the NCAA tournament in 1988, before leaving to become an assistant at Notre Dame.