When we last left the ongoing Texas Tech Lady Raider Basketball coaching search it looked like the top candidates were dropping out/turning down the job and that Tech A.D. Kirby Hocutt was going to have to go to page two or three of his playbook. That appears to be what is happening this week, with a slew of coaches set to visit with Hocutt between now and the end of the week according to our sources.
If experience and big winners were on the list last week, up-and-comers without major pedigrees and ties to the region seem to be the order of the day now.
We are hearing that the focus is now on at least three coaches, maybe more with the front-runner being current UTEP and former Angelo State coach Kevin Baker. After that it looks like New Mexico coach Mike Bradbury ( who was on our original potential target list in January ) and Western Illinois coach JD Gravina rounding out the known list.
Baker just wrapped up his first year at UTEP, going 17-14 (7-9 in C-USA). Before that Baker spent two years at Angelo State and was at UT-Tyler before that brief stint. For those wondering, his time at Angelo did not overlap with current Tech men’s head coach Chris Beard.
Bradbury got New Mexico into the WNIT this year before falling to TCU in the third round.
Gravina is an interesting choice, coming from the same league as former candidate Aaron Johnston of SDSU. The Leathernecks ( great nickname, named after a former student who made a fine hero for The Corp ) are an up-tempo, three-point oriented team. This past year they were 26-7, best record ever. They also fell in the WNIT, losing in the first round to Colorado State.
While there could be a few more conversations going on, it looks like for now these are the top three candidates this week. If Texas Tech wants to have a presser in Lubbock announcing a new coach it would most likely be Thursday or early Friday as many officials will be in Frisco this weekend for Tech spring football’s scrimmage at mini-Jerry World.
We expect to have much movement on this topic so check back during the day and we will also update you on our afternoon periscope broadcast. Follow us on Twitter at RyanHyattMedia for more information as well.