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IU’s quest for new basketball coach includes nationally renowned search firm

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Sunday, March 19, 2017 05:51 pm
BLOOMINGTON — Fred Glass isn’t doing this alone.

Indiana’s athletic director has begun the national search for a new men’s basketball coach. Glass will do plenty of his own work, but it looks like he’s going to tap into some professional help.

That would be Parker Executive Search, a well known search firm that is often used to help universities. For instance, Parker helped Missouri land Cuonzo Martin — formerly of Cal and Tennessee — as its head coach. 

The help wasn’t free. The reported cost was $80,000

Parker Executive Search helps set up interviews, conducts background checks and makes sure everything is done far from public view. It often flies candidates to its headquarters in Atlanta.

So if you hear rumors about Glass interviewing, say, Gregg Marshall in Assembly Hall, ignore them.

The good news — according to Parker’s website, it generally wraps up a coaching search in between 10 to 14 days. It reportedly charges between $60,000 and $90,000 for its services.

The bad news — IU used the firm once before and ended up with Kelvin Sampson.

Anyway, Parker has helped coaching searches for Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Washington, Oregon and more.

During last Thursday’s press conference to announce the firing of Tom Crean and the beginning of the coaching search, Glass said “I’m not going to really spare any resource to get the advice and input from the people we need. Some of that costs money, like a search firm. Some of that doesn’t cost money, but it requires time."


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