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Posts Tagged ‘Todd Lickliter.’

Miami of Ohio hires Lickliter as assistant coach

Todd Lickliter (courtesy of Iowa athletics)

Miami RedHawks head basketball coach Charlie Coles and Todd Lickliter have been lifelong friends and Coles has always admired his coaching abilities.

It’s no real surprise that Coles has hired the former Iowa boss as his newest assistant coach at the Oxford, Ohio school.

Lickliter was let go by the Hawkeyes in the spring of 2010 after three straight losing seasons. He  previously spent six seasons at Butler, leading the Bulldogs to a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16.

His head coaching record is 169-116.

The 56-year-old Lickliter played guard at Central Florida Community College and Butler.

 

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25 wins in a row as Butler upsets Michigan State; plays Duke for NCAA title

compiled from staff, wire and Butler Athletics

Butler coach Brad Stevens (megasportsnews.com file)

Butler's Matt Howard (megasportsnews.com file)

All of college basketball’s favorite programs are out of the NCAA tournament; Syracuse, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Georgetown to name a few.

But Mid-major power Butler University of the Horizon League is still standing and will be playing in “the next game” which has been their theme all year, the National Championship Game against the Duke Blue Devils  who beat West Virginia, 78-57.

The State of Indiana’s latest version of the movie “Hoosiers” is playing out as Butler has shown that a small Mid-major university can dream big and play for a championship.

Gordon Hayward had 19 points and nine rebounds, including one with 2 seconds remaining left that sealed the game. The small-school Bulldogs took down another big-name in college basketball, Michigan State by a 52-50 score in the Final Four in Indianapolis, Indiana, Butler’s hometown.

The venue was Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, is 6 miles from Butler’s campus on the north end of town around Meridian and 49th Street.

Butler (33-4) and winners of 25 games in a row, will play Duke (34-5) in Monday’s title game.

The entire Hoosier state is along on the bandwagon. Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame are the state of Indiana’s benchmark universities when it comes to college basketball but Butler, a small school of 4,200 has silently been in the Top 25 polls for years and has produced some solid basketball coaches over recent years in Barry Collier, Thad Matta, Todd Lickliter and now Brad Stevens. They have given college basketball fans a glimpse that the Horizon League is a quality league.

Michigan State (28-9) had been playing on the edge all tournament, after being hampered by injuries and sneaking by game after game but not against the scrappy Bulldogs who shutdown all of their scorers, Draymond Green, Durrell Summers and Raymar Morgan.

Iowa hires Fran McCaffery to replace Lickliter as men’s basketball coach

compiled from staff, wire reports and Iowa Hawkeyes athletics

The Iowa Hawkeyes have their man to head the men’s basketball program.  Athletic Director Gary Barta has convinced 50-year-old Fran McCaffery to leave the comforts of Mid-major Siena College to coach in the Big Ten Conference.

McCaffery went 112-51 in five seasons at Siena, leading the Saints to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Siena lost to Purdue in the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament and finished with a 27-7 mark.

McCaffery replaces Todd Lickliter, who was fired after Iowa went 10-22 this season. Once upon a time Iowa was one of the top programs in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes went 38-58 under Lickliter while dropping to the bottom of the league.

Eventhough Iowa was starting to be on target for improvement in 2010-2011, Gary Barta let Coach Lickliter go right after the Big Ten tournament on March 15.  Barta cited several reasons: Bad recruiting, a losing record, sagging attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dwindling revenue from ticket sales and contributions when he let Lickliter go. Also, the general concensus around Iowa City was Todd Lickliter was a good man and a good coach but he was “out of his league” coaching at Iowa and in the Big Ten.

Fran McCaffery Iowa Coach (Siena photo)

The Hawkeyes last made the NCAA tournament in 2006, losing to Northwestern State on a 3-point goal at the buzzer.  Then coach Steve Alford left for New Mexico following the 2007 season.  Alford in the meantime has built the Lobos into a dominant force in the Mountain West Conference, Iowa hasn’t had a winning season since he left. The feeling is that it is tough for any coach to recruit at Iowa. Plus other basketball programs in the state are more attractive to play at: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa State in Ames and Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, is now the kingpin in the state over Iowa.

With that in mind, Coach McCaffery’s first duties will be is to keep the current Hawkeyes key players around to rebuild the program. They include: Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller, Eric May and Cully Payne.

Fran spent six years at North Carolina Greensboro, compiling a record of 90-87, before taking over at Siena College before the 2005-2006 season.  McCaffery also coached Lehigh  for 3 years, guiding it to the NCAA tournament in 1988, before leaving to become an assistant at Notre Dame.

McCaffery is a Philadelphia native and has taken three different teams to the NCAA tournament.  He played college basketball at Wake Forest and Pennsylvania.