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In the wake of Curt Miller’s sudden resignation last Friday, the search for a new Indiana University women’s basketball coach is on.
The hire is a critical one for the Hoosiers to maintain the momentum they’ve built on the court and on the recruiting trail over the past two seasons.
Sources close to the program indicate that the search has yet to zero in on any finalists, but here is an updated list of names, in alphabetical order, to keep an eye on as the search process moves swiftly toward a conclusion.
DAMON BAILEY, Butler: Former IU star and state basketball legend still carries plenty of star power. But he’s only been on staff at Butler as an assistant coach for two months after leading the Bedford North Lawrence girls’ basketball team to the 2013-14 Class 4A state title. Bailey’s daughter, Alexa, is a verbal commit for the Bulldogs’ 2015 recruiting class, while another Star, Jenna Allen, is a 2015 commit to the Hoosiers. Sources say Bailey has neither been offered the job nor turned it down, despite message board rumors.
TRICIA CULLOP, Toledo: She was a 1989 Indiana All-Star at North Knox and played at Purdue under current Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn. Cullop was reportedly the runner-up for the Ohio State job in the spring of 2013, and has had great success with the Rockets, including four straight seasons of 24-plus wins from 2009-13. Prior to her current six-year stint at Toledo, she coached at Evansville for eight years. Career coaching mark is 264-170, a .604 winning percentage.
GAIL GOESTENKORS, Unemployed: She’s likely still a longshot, but the former Duke and Texas head coach did recently resign as assistant coach with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks when the head coach was fired. She was an assistant coach at Purdue under Lin Dunn from 1986-92, with Tricia Cullop among the players she coached. Recently announced as a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2015.
CAMERON NEWBAUER, Belmont: Fort Wayne native is the older brother of former IU women’s player, Andrea Newbauer. Started his coaching career at Siena. From there he went to Georgia, where he served two stints with men’s basketball, as well as five seasons as an assistant under Hall of Famer Andy Landers. Newbauer then joined the staff of Jeff Walz at Louisville for one season. Last year was his first as a head coach, leading the Bruins to the WNIT, where they lost to the Hoosiers.
AUTUMN RADEMACHER, Detroit: Rising prospective coach from the mid-major ranks. She is a former assistant coach under first Kevin Borseth, then Matt Bollant at Wisconsin-Green Bay, she has been the head coach at Detroit for the past six years, leading Titans to back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2011-12 and 2012-13, reaching the WNIT and winning the WBI, before scuffling to just six wins this past season.
OTHERS IN THE RUMOR MILL
Brian Agler, Seattle Storm; Beth Cunningham, Notre Dame; Stephanie White, Indiana Fever.
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THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Coach Kevin Wilson. Coach, an opening statement.
COACH WILSON: Thanks. Great to see you guys. Look like‑‑ are we still awake here? Got the warm‑up bands out of the way. Everybody good to go?
Again, we’re ready to get rolling, cranking up practice a week from today. As just stated, we do have a lot of guys returning as we start year four. We’ve played a lot of freshmen, 16 now, four seasons ago, and those guys have kind of matured into a little bit more of a veteran‑laden squad. Very excited about those guys.
We’ve got a little bit more depth across the board. Offensive line, defensive line, skilled guys, et cetera.
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