On Monday, March 29 2010, Fran McCaffery became the 22nd head coach of Iowa men's basketball.
McCaffery came to Iowa after a successful five-year stint as head coach at Siena. He has a ton of coaching experience, recruiting knowledge, and enthusiasm for his players and the game, all of which are vital components to helping rebuild a down-but-not-out Iowa basketball program.
Now that McCaffery is at the helm, it is important for him to pick the right supporting staff. In order to rebuild the Iowa program into the once-proud and vibrant program it once was, he will need help.
Luckily, there are no shortage of candidates being tossed around on Hawkeye message boards.
During his introductory press conference, McCaffery mentioned several former Hawkeye players. In his reminiscing, he eluded to possibly including a former Hawkeye or two on his staff. Then, in a recent interview with the Cedar Rapids Gazette, he was asked about who he might consider.
"There are a lot of times you’ll say you want a former player on your staff, and there really are one or two or three potential candidates that make sense," McCaffery told the Gazette. "We have a lot that want it that really make sense. I expected it to be shorter, much smaller. Here at Iowa, the thing I’m coming to grips with is it’s actually a longer list than I thought it would be, which would make it more complicated to eventually end up with one name."
In addition to the plethora of former players, McCaffery also has a few of his own assistants to choose from. That's also not to mention a couple of other options that some might not even know exist.
In the interest of due diligence, here is a look at 12 possible candidates for the open assistant coaching position under Fran McCaffery at Iowa.