As the NCAA has become a huge business, so has the business of scouting and hiring top basketball coaches.
20 Jul, 2019FORTUNE.COM
One year into her new job as the athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh in early 2018, Heather Lyke was facing the most important decision of her tenure. Men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was in the midst of a winless season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a change was in the offing. Hiring a new football or men’s basketball coach are among the most important decisions that a high-major athletic director will make, as millions of dollars are invested on a yearly basis into those programs and the coaches make seven-figure salaries. So before Stallings had even coached his last game for the Panthers, Lyke found herself in South Carolina meeting with former coach-turned-hiring consultant Eddie Fogler about filling her soon to be vacant job.
“These searches are significant undertakings,” said Lyke, who had previously worked at Ohio State, where Fogler had been involved in its coaching search the year prior, but did not know Fogler personally before 2018. “It’s something that we plan very thoroughly and thoughtfully. I wanted to be overprepared if anything as it related to this search. I thought it was an extraordinary experience and I think very highly of Eddie Fogler.”...
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