What if Butler reached within its family to select its next men’s basketball coach.
INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a chance Butler’s next head basketball coach will be its first black head basketball coach.
With Chris Holtmann is leaving the Bulldogs for Ohio State, the Butler administration finds itself in a familiar position — trying to replace a successful and popular coach.
The next coach will be Butler’s fourth in six seasons.
If Butler follows recent precedent, the next coach is already on the staff. Each of the past five coaches — Thad Matta, Todd Lickliter, Brad Stevens, Brandon Miller and Holtmann — was promoted from within.
If that happens again, the next coach could be Terry Johnson, 43, who has been on Butler’s staff (except for two years) since 2004. He has effectively been a defensive coordinator under Holtmann. Johnson has been through four head coaches, three conferences and two Final Fours.
Johnson and three other candidates for this job are black: former Butler players LaVall Jordan, 38, and Ronald Nored, 27; and former Butler assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry, 40.
Butler’s other full-time assistants are Ryan Pedon, 39, and Mike Schrage, 41. Pedon was lead recruiter in bringing Kamar Baldwin and Kyle Young to Butler. Pedon is a native of suburban Columbus, Ohio.
If an assistant coach is not promoted, according to a source, Holtmann intends to take Butler’s entire staff to Ohio State. If that were to happen, it could make it difficult for the Bulldogs to retain a five-player recruiting class featuring Young, a native Ohioan who chose Butler over Ohio State.
Jordan was 11-24 in his first season as head coach at Milwaukee, but he took the 10th-seeded Panthers to the Horizon League tournament championship game. He has served as an assistant at Butler, Iowa and Michigan. After Stevens left in 2013, Jordan interviewed for the Butler job that went to Miller.
Nored helped the Bulldogs reach back-to-back NCAA championship games in 2010 and 2011 as a point guard. He would be young for a college head coach, but he is beloved at Butler and would be an energetic recruiter.
He has frequently changed jobs and was 17-33 this year in his first season as coach of the NBA Development League’s Long Island Nets. Before that, Nored was Brownsburg High School coach and an assistant at South Alabama (briefly), the D-League’s Maine Red Claws, the Boston Celtics and Northern Kentucky.