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Missing Linc: coaching search continues

Posted by Brian Dickmann on April 11, 2015 at 9:40 AM

The Green Bay Phoenix search for a new head coach continues.

On Friday, David Kaplan of Comcast Sports Net Chicago and WGN reported Florida Southern's Linc Darner would be the new coach of the Phoenix. This was also reported by ESPN's Jeff Goodman as well as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

Except as of now, Darner is not Green Bay's new head coach.

A source told the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Scott Venci that Green Bay has not offered the job to Darner and that interviews are still being conducted this weekend.

Florida Southern released a statement Friday evening saying, "national news media is reporting that FSC Men’s Basketball Head Coach Linc Darner has accepted a position with the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. These reports are false. Coach Darner remains in the employ of Florida Southern College and is currently on campus hosting potential future Mocs."

Darner was named the NABC National Coach of the Year in Division 2 this season after leading the Mocs to a 36-1 record and a NCAA Division 2 national championship. They finished 5th in the nation in scoring this year at 87.9 points per game while allowing just 74 points per game on defense.

In nine seasons at Florida Southern, Darner has compiled a 218-72 record and made eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

He played collegiately at Purdue under Gene Keady from 1990-1994 and was the first player in program history to be named captain twice.

Other candidates who interviewed with Green Bay athletic director Mary Ellen Gillespie at the Final Four in Indianapolis include the Phoenix associate head coach Brian Barone, St. Norbert College head coach Gary Grzesk, Cardinal Stritch head coach Drew Diener, and Miami assistant coach Eric Konkol.

Another possible candidate is Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Joe Wolf, who starred as a prep player in Wisconsin at Kohler High School before playing for Dean Smith at North Carolina and a lengthy career in the NBA. The Nets play the Bucks in Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon.

According to Venci, the interview process with all candidates is expected to be completed by the end of the weekend.

Categories: Coaching search

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