Jamie Dixon hired an assistant coach to replace Tom Herrion - the rumored Pat Skerry from Providence has accepted an offer.
This is a good get for Pitt. Not an established former head coach (served as the head coach for a couple of years at a small school, Curry College), but someone who's been viewed as a top assistant. Some of the qualifications from his bio:
- Named as one of the top assistants in the country in 2007 by Hoop Scoop
- 2008 FoxSports.com top mid-major assistant in the country
- Helped put together a top 25 recruting class at Rhode Island in 2006
He also has a history with departed assistant Tom Herrion as he served as an assistant with him at the College of Charleston.
Skerry was in on the recruiting efforts for Providence this past season and helped land two ESPN top 100 recruits, including #54 overall Gerard Coleman.
His history on the east coast and ability to recruit well at less successful programs has me encouraged. It's nice to think he might be able to do even more at a school that's had one of the winningest programs in the country over the past decade.
I'm pretty happy with this choice.