The coaching carousel has really started to heat up the last week or so, with coaches moving all over the place to accept new jobs. There was already one switch earlier today, as Mike Anderson appears to be heading to Arkansas.
Well, we reportedly have another vacancy that’s been filled, as Michigan State assistant Mark Montgomery is likely to become the next coach of Northern Illinois.
Here’s the tweet from Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman:
Montgomery played for the Spartans and has been Tom Izzo‘s top assistant since 2007, while being on the coaching staff for ten years.
So needless to say, he’s been trained pretty well. Izzo has been one of the most successful coaches in college basketball for a long time now, and getting to learn from him will certainly help Montgomery in this new setting.
Expectations certainly won’t be too high on him in the early going, as then Huskies haven’t been in the NCAA Tournament since 1996, and have never won a game in the tourney.
Add to that the fact that former head coach Ricardo Patton didn’t win more than 10 games in a season and they have only had two winning seasons since 1995, and well, there isn’t going to be a ton of pressure on him to win right away.
He’s made a name for himself as a great recruiter, and he should be given time to get his own guys in there while trying to build a new foundation for that program.
The MAC hasn’t been all that great recently, as evidenced by the 15-seed that Akron received in this year’s tournament. I’m not saying he can make the Huskies winners overnight, but if you can recruit, you at least give yourself to be competitive in that conference.
Montgomery has been successful in helping Izzo land some outstanding recruits in East Lansing, so we’ll see if he’s able to do the same thing on his own in Dekalb.