With the search under way for a new Men's basketball coach at the University of Wyoming the list of candidates is starting to become a little more interesting. The University hasn't released a list of who they are pursuing and most likely will keep that information as private as possible. Wyoming did hire a firm named Parker Executive Search based in Atlanta to assist with the research process.
The name being mentioned the most often in connection with the opening in Laramie is Billy Gillispie. The former University of Kentucky coach has been out of coaching for a couple years now and may he be ready to finally make his return. The Casper Star-Tribune contacted Gillispie last week and he responded:
"It seems from afar that the [U]niversity of [W]yoming is a great place to coach basketball because of the tremendous passion of its vast fan base and the tradition that great players and coaches have achieved," "[I’m] sure there will be a lot of great coaches who would appreciate the chance to rebuild that tradition at the university."
There is also plenty of support from Wyoming fans who even created a Facebook page urging Billy Clyde to come to Laramie. There are 136 fans of the page and they say they've received positive responses when contacting Gillispie directly. Despite his struggles during his two years at Kentucky he did an impressive job at his two previous stops in UTEP and Texas A&M. He posted a 70-26 record with the Aggies and never had less than 21 wins. In a seven year span he took four teams to NCAA tournaments at three schools.
Parker Executive Search is the firm that recommended Gillispie for the UK opening backing in 2007. While his name pops up most often there are other coaches that may be gaining traction.Interest from former Wyoming head coach and current Florida Associate Head Coach Larry Shyatt could be growing. Eric Schmoldt has heard that Shyatt could be be interested in the position. Shyatt posted a 19-9 record for the Cowboys in 97-98 before heading to Clemson where he had formally been an assistant.
Another name that has been floated around is Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor who has been an effective coach throughout his career. Taylor has Montana roots but has spent the past decade at Old Dominion where he has posted a 207-109 record. He seems like a coach that would come to Wyoming and probably spend the rest of his career here. He is 53 years old and could probably build a program up in Laramie and build the tradition of winning.
Here is an interesting video of Gillispie after he was let go from the University of Kentucky. I don't think he did anything wrong but the reporter who chases him through secured sections of the building is pretty reckless. I lived in Kentucky for three years and I guess the media is just as crazy as the fans when it comes to hoops.