by Scott Agness
The IUPUI men’s basketball program has an opening for a new head coach and, as expected, it has drawn plenty of interest. The program is seeking its next leader to help a struggling program become a consistent winner.
The Jaguars compiled a 26-70 record over the last three seasons. This past year, they went 6-26, including a 1-13 mark in the Summit League. It’s worth noting, however, that they were decimated by injuries.
In addition to being a Division I school, the job is attractive because in another year, their home will become the Pepsi Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. A renovation, costing an estimated $63 million, is scheduled to be completed next summer. That’s a game changer, particularly in recruiting, as they’ll play at a respectable facility. They’ll move from a 1,215-seat gym at ‘The Jungle’ to one that seats about 8,200.
The deadline to apply was Thursday, March 20th, according to a coach who has submitted his resume.
Carlos Knox has been an active part of the basketball community in Indianapolis over the last decade. An IUPUI grad himself, Knox was the university’s first student-athlete to ever have their jersey retired, and remains the schools all-time leading scorer. A member of the IUPUI Hall of Fame, Knox had a successful professional playing career in Europe before injuries forced him to the sidelines as a coach and player development specialist.
Read my Q & A with Knox about his interest in the IUPUI job below:
Why is this a job you wanted to pursue?
“The number one reason for me pursuing the job is my love for the game. For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with basketball. I also enjoy teaching the game and I have the ability to relate to players through my playing and coaching experiences. IUPUI is where I became a three-time All-American, two-time NCAA scoring champion, and three-time National Player of the Year, so quite naturally the program means the world to me.
“I just feel it is a great fit because I am a true winner and could possibly have the ability to do as a coach what I did as a player here, and that’s take this program to another level. I’m also hoping that the way the community has embraced me will enhance the amount of support for the program. I enjoy winning and my passion for coaching is second to none.”