After firing Don Treadwell after an 0-5 start to the season (and an 8-21 record in two and a half season), Miami (OH) has a bit of a head start on looking for a new head coach, and they're looking to use that head start to their advantage.
As Cincinnati.com points out, the RedHawks won't be trying to cram all their leg work into a two-week time frame, as some programs are forced to do at the end of the year. They want to have everything done by the end of the season.
“What I want to avoid is the thing you run into when you make the change at the end of the year, which is that you’re trying to make this hire in a really compressed week, two-week time frame,” athletic director David Sayler said.
“I want to try to get more out in front, and have this time allow us to do it quicker than that. I’d like to have it done by the end of the season.”
The article says that Sayler, along with deputy AD Mark Rountree and Collegiate Sports Associates (the search firm they hired to assist in the search), have separated their candidates into five pools; active head coaches at FBS and FCS schools, assistant coaches at FBS schools, assistant coaches in the NFL, coaches at D-II or below, and coaches currently out of the profession. The potential candidates have each been ranked within their respective groups by the search committee.
Sayler added that he aims to begin the interview process as soon as possible, but also understands that can be a touchy issue for a lot of coaches (who are currently employed) during the season.
“That’s going to come down to the candidates’ comfort level with where they are and their relationship to their boss. We’re going to do all we can to make it happen that quickly."
"If a candidate is not able to (interview immediately) because of their boss, then that’s a decision we’ll have to make, whether we just move on or wait for that person. That depends on where they are on that list.” Sayler said.
According to Sayler, the interest in the position has been met with a ton of positive interest, and he's pulling for a holdover or two amongst the current staff when the new regime is brought in.
We'll keep you updated as more on the job becomes available over the next few weeks.