Asst. Coaching Search: Potential Candidates

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Bacari Alexander, LaVall Jordan, and Saddi Washington

With the news that Dane Fife wants to stick at IPFW behind us, three names appear to have emerged as front runners for the Michigan assistant coaching position: Bacari Alexander, LaVall Jordan, and Saddi Washington (listed alphabetically). All three candidates have in-state connections but also have their own strengths and weaknesses and bring something unique to the table. I don’t think Michigan could really go wrong with any one of the three. Then again, I wouldn’t be shocked if Beilein surprised all of us and pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

Here’s a brief look at the three candidates’ resumes… after the jump.

Bacari Alexander (Western Michigan) – Bio

Alexander played at the University of Detroit while current Michigan assistant Mike Jackson was an assistant coach there. He has assistant coaching experience at Detroit (under Perry Watson), Ohio, and Western Michigan. Bacari should be able to provide a little bit of flash as he played two seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters and is consistently mentioned as one of the most fashionable coaches in the college basketball world.

Alexander works with the forwards at Western Michigan so he should have no difficulties filling John Mahoney’s role there. Alexander obviously hasn’t had much opportunity to recruit at the highest level but he was considered an important factor in Juwan Howard Jr. committing to Western Michigan.

LaVall Jordan (Iowa) – Bio

LaVall Jordan was an assistant coach at Iowa under Todd Lickliter for three years. His previous experience was at Butler where he was an assistant from 2004-2007 and also played from 97-2001. Jordan was a starting guard for the Bulldogs and named the team’s most valuable player in 2001.

Jordan is a Michigan native (Albion) but also has broader midwestern ties after experience coaching in Indiana and Iowa. Jordan was considered the point man on Roy Marble Jr’s recruitment. One feather in Jordan’s cap is that he’s the only coach of these three that has high-major experience.

Saddi Washington (Oakland) – Bio

Washington is another assistant coach with extensive Michigan ties. Washington is a Lansing native who was a 2-time All-MAC selection at Western Michigan from 1994-98.

Washington has been at Oakland for four years under Greg Kampe and works primarily with the Grizzlies’ guards. Jonathan Jones and Erik Kangas are two examples of guards who developed quite nicely under Washington. Jones as the true point guard and Kangas as the lights out bomber (40% three point shooter three years in a row).

  • Brian W

    LaVall Jordan was a candidate for an assistant job at OSU recently to fill Alan Major's spot. According to the Columbus Dispatch, “Jordan has recruited Chicago – which was Major's territory at Ohio State – and Michigan.” Big Ten experience could be an asset, I suppose. Amazingly, the Columbus Dispatch isn't written in crayon. :)

    They all sound like good candidates… A former Globetrotter would be kinda cool.

  • Brian W

    LaVall Jordan was a candidate for an assistant job at OSU recently to fill Alan Major's spot. According to the Columbus Dispatch, “Jordan has recruited Chicago – which was Major's territory at Ohio State – and Michigan.” Big Ten experience could be an asset, I suppose. Amazingly, the Columbus Dispatch isn't written in crayon. :)

    They all sound like good candidates… A former Globetrotter would be kinda cool.

  • Wayman Britt

    Thanks for the update Dylan. Looks like Beilein wants college experience rather than high school. They all seem good. Based on the bios, I like Mr. Barci Alexander. We could use some help coaching our big men, plus I like the in state recruiting.

  • Wes_Mantooth

    It sounds like LaVall is the most qualified, but all 3 seem like really good candidates. I don't think we can go wrong here…

  • Colby

    What is going on with the admin assistant spot? Are we going to take on another guy as well or is Townsend moving up to that position? Thanks

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan

    Pretty sure DOBO is above Admin Assistant so I suspect Townsend will stay put. Not sure who they are looking at for the administrative spot.

  • SamGoBlue

    Looks like so far I'm the only one to vote for Saddi Washington. I'll be honest, I don't know much about any of these guys, but just by reading these little blurbs, I'll take anyone that can develop guys into Jonathan Jones and Erik Kangas and has good ties to the state of Michigan. For this, however, I will put my trust in Beilein to hire someone that will help both on game day and on the recruiting trail.

  • Billiam

    They all look good but I'd like to see the best recruiter. We're getting up there in recruiting now (well, better each of the past two years) and I'd like to see that trend continue.

    I'm not sure how much we need a person who can coach to bigs or smalls, but I think that either way, Belein can coach both on how to shoot and run the offense, so we're not looking for much of a position coach…I think?… Does anyone else think that we need the best recruiter we can get or am I just spewing things our my arse?

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