When Steve Lavin was first hired it was well known that he had intentions of putting together an All-Star staff. Slowly but surely it has taken form with the hiring of Tony Chiles, Rico Hines, and Derrick Wrobel.
Lavin stated in his press conference when he was announced as St. John’s 19th head coach:
“In terms of staff, clearly I want to put in place talented, capable, hard-working and loyal assistant coaches. It’s critical that they have a familiarity not only with New York, and have an understanding of the unique dynamic of recruiting in this city at all levels, but also the Northeast. So assistant coaches that are familiar with the BIG EAST, the ACC — those recruiting territories are critical.
Naturally, in terms of Southern California, the West Coast, the Midwest, I’ve had experience in the Midwest as an assistant at Purdue and also covering the Big 10 for ESPN for seven years. So that part of the country I’m very familiar with and the West Coast is where I grew up and spent 12 years at UCLA. But don’t be mistaken, when you’re at UCLA, you’re recruiting coast-to-coast and you’re recruiting internationally.”
Dunlap entertained some head coaching jobs in the interim, chasing the Oregon and Colorado positions but wasn’t hired for either.
St. John’s fans have been growing impatient, waiting to hear some news about both Mike Dunlap and Mo Hicks. They will have to keep waiting… until June 1st when they will both officially be announced as members of Steve Lavin’s staff, according to a source close to St. John’s Basketball program.
Dunlap will become one of if not the highest paid assistant coach in NCAA basketball while Mo Hicks will likely be one of the higher paid DOBO’s in the country as well.
According to sources, the deal took longer than expected as St. John’s administrators operated very cautiously taking their due diligence in signing off on the high salaries of both coaches. But ultimately Steve Lavin got who and what he wanted.
When I told a source from the University of Arizona about the Dunlap deal being finalized he said, “[Dunlap] should be a head coach so he’s worth every penny. He’ll be the perfect compliment to (Steve) Lavin.”
The Red Storm still has one missing piece; the Video Coordinator as the last available spot on the staff.
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