By Ray Hamill — With more than 90 candidates already applying for the vacant Humboldt State men’s basketball head coaching job, it’s safe to say there has been plenty of interest in the position in just a few weeks.
New full-time Lumberjacks Athletic Director Jane Teixeira discussed the current opening, among many other subjects, during a Zoom press conference with local media on Friday, and said the process of filling the vacancy is moving right along.
“We’ve had a lot of interest and we’re working through that process right now,” Teixeira said.
The pool of applicants also covers a wide range of basketball experience, including NCAA Division-I and even from the professional ranks.
“They range all over,” Teixeira said. “There’s Division-I, there’s Division-II, there’s Division-III, there’s NAIA, there’s junior college, there’s high school, there’s people with professional basketball experience as athletes and and coaches. So it runs the gamut.”
Teixiera did not give a timeline on when the new coach will be hired, adding that for now Rich Mendoza, an assistant coach under former head coach Steve Kinder, remains in charge of the day-to-day running of the team, including recruiting.
She did say, however, that she is looking to hire someone who can come in and provide a solid foundation for the players and program in three different ways.
“My goals for this position is I want someone who has an attention to detail, I want someone who can graduate student athletes and make them better men than when they got to Humboldt state, and then we want to make sure that their mental health and student welfare is taken care of,” she said. “Then also the wins and losses will come from that.
“I’m sure we can attract a quality person for that position and keep moving forward.”
Kinder was removed from the position in early March after 10 years in charge of the program, and has been reassigned within the department, taking on fundraising responsibilities.
The Lumberjacks also are in the early stages of hiring a head coach for the women’s soccer team, after Paul Karver was also reassigned within the department in early March.
The opening has not yet been posted but is expected to be within the next week.