Former Marquette coach Deane has a new job
Former Marquette coach Mike Deane will continue his coaching career at James Madison.
The university announced last week that Deane will join Matt Brady’s staff after taking two years off following his dismissal as head coach at Wagner.
"Mike Deane brings an incredibly impressive resume and great teaching skills to our basketball program here at JMU," Brady, who played for Deane at Siena College, said in a release. "I'm certainly eager to have him in our program and for our players and staff to have the opportunity to learn from him. He has a dynamic combination of winning experience,
NCAA Tournament experience, a wealth of knowledge and a long and successful history of winning basketball teams."
Deane, 60, was the head coach at Marquette from 1994-99, compiling a 100-55 record, winning 20 or more games in four of his five seasons.
After finishing 14-15 in the 1998-99 season, Marquette fired Deane and replaced him with Tom Crean.
Deane went on to become the head coach at Lamar and Wagner, but only had three winning seasons in his combined 11 seasons at both schools.
One of just 28 coaches in NCAA history to take three different schools to the NCAA Tournament, Deane made the tournament once with Siena, twice with Marquette and once at Lamar.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to come to a program like this where I hope I can help one of my former players,” Deane said in a release. “That scenario doesn't unfold all that often in this business. I have a chance now later in my career to try to come in and help Matt. I'm really impressed with the campus at JMU. It is the nicest campus that I've been on by far. I'm impressed with the area and excited about the chance to be here in this kind of environment."
James Madison went 11-16 last season and is 66-63 in Brady’s four seasons at the helm.