BLOG: Kelsey, Shrewsberry emerging as potential UMass coaching candidates, Dooley still prominent

  • Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey directs his team against Campbell in the first half of the Big South Conference championship NCAA college basketball game in Rock Hill, S.C., Sunday, March 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown talks to Boston Celtics' summer league coach Micah Shrewsberry during an NBA Summer League basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, July 4, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)

  • Boston Celtics coach Micah Shrewsberry shouts to his team during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Boston Celtics coach Micah Shrewsberry shouts to his team during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game against the the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

@MattVautourDHG
Published: 3/21/2017 11:22:55 AM

UMass’ search for it’s next men’s basketball coach appears to be winding down.

According to sources, Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley remains, the leader, while Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey and Boston Celtics assistant Micah Shrewsberry have emerged as serious candidates.

Dooley, who has led Gulf Coast to the last two NCAA Tournaments, could be a candidate for other openings as his name as popped up among rumored Oklahoma State candidates.

Kelsey, who led Winthrop to the NCAA Tournament was expected to be a candidate at both North Carolina State and LSU, but those schools have made hires leaving him still available. Kelsey has spent time in the Atlantic 10 as a former assistant at Xavier, his alma mater.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Shrewsberry will have a second meeting with UMass officials. He was an assistant at Butler and Purdue, before rejoining Brad Stevens, his boss at Butler, in Boston. The 40-year-old Hanover, Indiana native spent his almost entire basketball career was in Indiana before joining the Celtics. It’s unclear if Shrewsberry would stay with the Celtics for all or part of the remainder of the season or if he could start in Amherst immediately if he was hired.

According to sources, Monmouth coach King Rice has met with UMass officials but he’s expected to be hired at Duquesne.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage




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