University Names Three Finalists for Men’s Basketball Coaching Position

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 3, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University has announced three finalists for its men’s basketball head coaching position.

They are Scott Edgar, assistant basketball coach at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Rod Barnes, former head basketball coach at the University of Mississippi; and Jay Spoonhour, former assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Don Kaverman, director of athletics at Southeast, announced the finalists today after interviewing about 10 candidates over the last couple of days at the NCAA Men’s Final Four Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. He said the 10 were chosen for interviews from an original pool of more than 60 applicants.

The three finalists will be visiting the Southeast campus over the next week when they will meet with the search committee, University President Kenneth W. Dobbins, Kaverman, the Southeast athletic staff and coaches, current assistant men’s basketball coaches and the men’s basketball team. Each finalist also will participate in a campus and community open forum. Edgar will be on campus Thursday, Spoonhour on Friday and Barnes on Monday, April 10. An open forum for each candidate is planned for 3:30 p.m. on their respective interview day in the Show Me Center meeting rooms.

Kaverman said he expects a new men’s head basketball coach at Southeast will be named early next week.

EdgarIn Division I programs, Edgar’s head coaching record is 108-95. He is 56-16 in the Ohio Valley Conference. He has three post-season appearances and has twice been named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year. He has recruited, signed or coached 17 professional players.

This year, Edgar served as assistant basketball coach at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, which won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division Championship, ending the season at 21-7. They also participated in the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to his current position, Edgar was assistant basketball coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In 2004-2005, UAB participated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2003-2004, UAB won the Conference USA regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Edgar also has been director of basketball operations at Texas Christian University, head basketball coach at Duquesne University, head basketball coach at Murray State University, assistant basketball coach at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, assistant basketball coach at the University of Tulsa and assistant basketball coach at New Mexico Military Institute. SpoonhourSpoonhour served as assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 2004 to 2006. There, he has been responsible for on-court preparation, including practice planning and designing game strategy, and developing and designing new scouting procedures. He also has participated in the recruitment of student athletes.

Prior to that, he was interim head men’s basketball coach/assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2004, UNLV advanced to the finals of the Mountain West Conference tournament for the third consecutive year. In 2002-2004, UNLV participated in the NIT, advancing to the second round in 2002.

He also has been head men’s basketball coach at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill. There, he won several coaching honors after leading Wabash to the NJCAA National Championship with a record of 36-1. He also has been assistant men’s basketball coach at Valparaiso University and St. Louis University; and a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach at Central Missouri State University.

BarnesBarnes was head basketball coach at the University of Mississippi from 1998 to March of this year. In that time, his teams averaged 18 wins a year, ranking him fourth out of 87 black head coaches and 60th out of 334 Division I head coaches. CollegeInsider.com named him National Coach of the Year in 2001. That same year, he also was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Naismith National Coach of the Year. He is the only Ole Miss coach to take the program to the NCAA Sweet 16. He was also only five wins away from becoming the All-Time Winningest Coach in Ole Miss history. His home record was 95-28 (77  percent win percentage) during his career at Ole Miss.

Prior to his tenure as head coach at the University of Mississippi, he was assistant basketball coach at the University of Mississippi, assistant basketball coach and administrative assistant to the director of athletics at Livingston (Ala.) University, and assistant to the athletic director at the University of Mississippi.