Okay, now that we have a head coach, I can start obsessing about the selection of assistants.
It seems reasonable to suspect that former PSU graduate manager Adam Fisher will return to Penn State and reprise his role as Chamber’s DOBO. Brian Daly, a former head coach at Monsignor Bonner HS (Philly) and Ross Condon, a former Villanova walk-on from Northern Virginia who prior to BU was a DOBO at Radford, are two-year members of Chambers’ BU staff. Daly had some success coaching posts at BU and was associate head coach this past season for Chambers. I’m guessing that one of those two might end up in State College. A lot will depend on whether Daly succeeds Chambers at BU.
Chambers apparently has some more money to pay assistants. Maybe enough to attract a guy like Jim Boylen as his top assistant. I don’t know if Boylen and Chambers know each other or if Boylen would be interested.
It wouldn’t hurt if the assistants had roots in Philly, New York City, the Baltimore-DC metroplex, and Ohio. Of course, it’s unrealistic to think Chambers will be able to sign a staff that brings all that geographical representation.
The other question is whether Chambers will retain Kanaskie or Earl. It depends, I think, on how Chambers weighs the need for some continuity and familiarity with Penn State Basketball operations against the need to make a new culture by sweeping out the “old.” Kanaskie and Earl both have jobs waiting for them at Navy, but the pay might be a little less and Earl probably needs to get experience in a non-DeChellis system to improve his vita. Both Kanaskie and Earl are quality coaches and people.
There’s a father-son basketball camp coming up next weekend and three more camps scheduled before the start of July. It will be interesting to see how much Chambers and his pending staff are involved.