- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Maryland assistant basketball coach Jimmy Patsos will be named coach at Loyola at a news conference today in Baltimore. Patsos, 37, will get his first head coaching job after 13 seasons as an assistant to Gary Williams.

“I waited for the right job,” said Patsos, who played at Catholic from 1986 to 1989. “There is a sense of sadness leaving Maryland, but I am excited to become a head coach at a great institution. It’s a great school and a great area. My Catholic U. coach, Jack Bruen, always used to say how great the Loyola job was.”

Patsos began at Maryland as a part-time assistant in 1991 after being an assistant at John Carroll High School in the District for two years. He became Williams’ No.2 assistant two years ago and is credited for landing such top recruits as Ekene Ibekwe and D.J. Strawberry.

Patsos was a finalist for the Loyola job four years ago before it went to Albany coach Scott Hicks. Hicks had a 16-97 record, including a 1-27 mark last season, and was fired March8. Patsos’ contract is expected be for four or five years at around $140,000 annually.

“I am really happy for Jimmy,” Williams said. “It’s a good situation. It is hard to get a Division I head coaching job. Loyola presents a great opportunity. Obviously, they haven’t won, but they could win.”



Patsos is already assembling a staff and looking for recruits. There is speculation that Terrell Stokes, a Terps point guard from 1995 to ‘99 and an assistant at Elizabeth City (N.C.) State, will join his former coach.

Possible replacements for Patsos at Maryland include Catholic U. coach Mike Lonergan and Saint Joseph’s assistant Matt Brady.

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