Fogler Consulting Leading Men’s Basketball Search for UMASS

March 16, 2017 – Executive search firm Fogler Consulting has been retained by the University of Massachusetts to lead its search for a new men’s head basketball coach.

The school fired Derek Kellogg after nine seasons with the program. The decision came hours after UMass lost to St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 tournament, and culminated a season in which the Minutemen went 15-18, including 4-14 within its conference.

“Decisions like this are always difficult but after a thorough review of our men’s basketball program, I believe that a leadership change is needed to realize a higher level of competitive success expected at UMass,” said athletic director Ryan Bamford. “I am confident that our ranking as a top public research university, coupled with our considerable financial investment in the men’s program, including the new state-of-the-art John F. Kennedy Champions Center, will attract some outstanding candidates to UMass,” he added.

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Fogler Consulting was established in 2006 by Eddie Fogler, a former ‘National Coach of the Year’ with 30 years of Division I coaching experience. Since then, universities and colleges have turned to him for insight into the world of collegiate basketball coaching, and for top talent. Since launching his business, Mr. Fogler has placed more than 30 college coaches across the nation at all levels of Division I basketball in an unusual search specialty that seems to have high growth potential.

A review of just some of Fogler Consulting’s clients reads like a Who’s Who of leading American colleges and universities: Vanderbilt; Boston College; Texas Tech; Rutgers; Penn State; Georgia Tech; Michigan, Auburn; and South Carolina, just to name a few.

Colleges Turning to Search Firms to Find Coaches

Universities continue to turn to search firms to fill their top coaching vacancies. Here’s a look at just a few assignments completed or underway from the Hunt Scanlon archives:

  • DHR International recruited Jeff Brohm as head football coach for Purdue. He becomes the 36th head coach in program history. The search was led by DHR managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama. DHR’s sports practice is a global specialty for the firm with capabilities that serve clients in six continents across all sports-related organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 companies and professional sports teams to public and private university athletics squads. The firm has handled a number searches for schools including the University of Pittsburgh, Colorado State University, Fresno State University, San Jose State, Kansas, Syracuse and Quinnipiac University.
  • Korn Ferry recently tapped Danny Rocco as the new head coach University of Delaware football team. The search was led by Jed Hughes, vice chairman of Korn Ferry’s sports recruiting practice. Mr. Hughes’ highest profile placements include New York Jets GM John Idzik; Mark Murphy, CEO of the Green Bay Packers; Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pac-12; Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12; and Dave Brandon and Jim Harbaugh, the athletic director and the head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines, respectively.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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