Some surprising coaching news coming out of the University of Southern Indiana Friday with the resignation of men’s basketball coach Rick Herdes.
Herdes stepped away from the program after some “irregularities” were found within his program. Herdes was 200-59 in eight seasons at USI, including a 27-7 mark last year and a Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division championship. It’s not known yet whether the school will face any NCAA or GLVC sanctions.
Under Herdes’ watch, the Screaming Eagles reached the NCAA Division II national championship game in 2004. He was also an assistant coach to now-Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl when the school captured the Division II national title in 1995.
Herdes was 12-5 lifetime against Quincy, including an 8-5 mark against current QU coach Marty Bell. The Hawks have beaten USI in four straight meetings at Pepsi Arena.
Of course, the big question now is: Who’s next?
Wouldn’t it be something if former Kentucky Wesleyan coach Ray Harper wound up on the Screaming Eagles’ bench? The chances of that happening are none, but it’s still interesting to think about. Imagine how the USI and KWC fan bases would handle that one.
Current Indianapolis coach Stan Gouard was a star on USI’s national title team, but has just one year of experience at Indy. You’d expect his name to be mentioned.
USI Athletic Director Jon Mark Hall said during a Friday press conference the school would being a search immediately for Herdes’ replacement. It won’t come from within the school as Herdes’ assistants have both been placed on leave.
Herdes rubbed some people the wrong way, but I always enjoyed dealing with him. He always told it like it was, which is refreshing when you consider the number of coaches who carefully construct what they say to the media. Need an example? Try this one from USI’s 74-71 loss to QU in February:
“We missed point-blank layups,” Herdes said in the wake of that loss. “I can’t get them any closer. I can’t put Tyrone Bradshaw any closer to the rim. He missed three layups in the final five minutes.”
Depending on what happens with any investigation into Herdes, he should land on his feet. He’s too good a coach not to work somewhere. It wasn’t that long ago when he was a finalist at Indiana State. I’m sure there have been other Division I schools interested in his services.
USI is the second men’s team in the GLVC that will have a new coach next season. Missouri Science & Technology head coach Dale Martin resigned and was replaced by assistant Jim Glash.
On the women’s side, Rockhurst is still looking for Rebecca Morrisey’s replacement after she resigned following the season.