SoCalHoops Recruiting News
USC Assistant Silvey Dominguez
To Interview At St. Mary's--(Apr. 4, 2001)
Possibly the hardest working assistant coach in all of college basketball will be interviewing for the head coaching job at WCC St. Mary's College. Silvey Dominguez, currently an assistant coach at USC, and a former assistant at St. Mary's will reportedly interview for the vacancy. David Bollwinkel, St. Mary's head coach resigned two weeks ago. According to a story in today's Contra Costa Times (St. Mary's College is in Moraga, in Contra Costa County), whoever gets the job will face a huge challenge in turning around a team which went 2-27 and 0-14 in the West Coast Conference last season. So far there are three leading candidates for the job, according to the CCTimes: George Nessman of Porterville JC, Larry Reynolds of Cal State San Bernardino, and Silvey Dominguez. Many consider Dominguez to be one of the front-runners considering that he was a former assistant at St. Mary's. Both Reynolds, a 15-year assistant at UC Riverside under John Masi, and Nessman, who also coached at DeLaSalle High school in NorCal, have already interviewed for the job. Dominguez has not yet interviewed but will shortly according to an account in today's LA Daily News. Here are some excerpts from the CC Times article by staff writer Mike Wood:
St. Mary's officials. . . have moved quickly. Coaches George Nessman of Porterville College and Larry Reynolds of Cal State San Bernardino have been interviewed this week, according to sources. But scrutiny and caution are still being applied. This will be the first major hire for athletics director Carl Clapp, who came to St. Mary's in June.
USC assistant coach Silvey Dominguez has indicated interest in the post. Dominguez's profile is high following the Trojans' run to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. In five years at USC, Dominguez has been known as a top-notch recruiter and defensive specialist. Dominguez also was a St. Mary's assistant under Ernie Kent from 1992-96.
Dominguez was reached Tuesday in Pasadena before heading to Minneapolis to watch the Final Four. He said he sent a packet of information to the school Monday but had yet to hear back.
"I'm interested; I just don't know if they are," he said. "I was there at St. Mary's. I understand the Christian Brothers mentality. I enjoy my situation at USC, but I've never been a head coach anywhere and would like the opportunity."
The Gaels have three scholarships to give. The NCAA spring signing period for letters of intent starts April 11 and ends May 15. St. Mary's did not sign any players during the fall period.
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