Given James Johnson’s head-coaching inexperience, many have surmised that he will include a former big whistle on his
Navy associate head coach Kurt Kanaskie.
Kanaskie has worked the last eight years, seven at
Prior to Penn State, Kanaskie was a head coach for 18 years, the first three at Lock Haven ( Pa.) State, followed by eight at
Kanaskie then coached
If Johnson, a career assistant hired last week to replace the fired
A former head coach at
Nestor’s George Mason teams were 68-81, and in 1989 he coached the Patriots to their first
Nestor worked 10 years for Dave Odom, first at Wake Forest and then at South Carolina. He was on the staff when the Tim Duncan-led Deacons won consecutive ACC championships in 1995 and '96.
Full disclosure: Nestor and I go back to the late 1970s, when I was a student at JMU and he was an assistant to Lou Campanelli.
Here's Nestor's bio at Mizzou's website.
As mentioned in a previous post, College of Charleston assistant Mark Byington also is a candidate to join Johnson's Hokies staff. The pair worked together at Charleston during the 2002-03 season.
Byington confirmed to the Roanoke Times' Mark Berman this week that he has interviewed with Johnson and remains interested. Moreover, the Charleston Post and Courier's Gene Sapakoff has tweeted (@Sapakoff) that he expects the move to happen.
Lunch hour update:
Surfing online I discovered another assistant basketball coach whose background might be ideal for James Johnson's Virginia Tech staff: Roanoke native Ramon Williams.
An All-Southern Conference guard at VMI, Williams spent the last three years working for John Groce at Ohio, which this past season reached the Sweet 16. Groce subsequently left to coach the University of Illinois and hired Williams in an administrative role.
Previously, Williams coached under Jerry Wainwright at DePaul and
Williams graduated from VMI in 1990 and played there with his twin, Damon. Ramon scored 1,630 points, which then ranked third in Keydets' history.
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