New names have surfaced in the Loyola Marymount coaching search. Raising money has been a major issue so far, although several candidates have said they would be willing to take significant pay cuts if it meant they could land a head coaching job like that in Southern California.
If LMU can raise enough money, then San Francisco coach Nino Giarratano could be in the mix, according to one source close to the situation. Giarratano is one of the best coaches on the West Coast, and he would be a tremendous hire for LMU, but don’t expect him to leave for a discount. Just having Giarratano’s name as a potential candidate could make it easier for LMU to raise funds, however.
A more likely candidate, perhaps, is Los Angeles Angels scout Bobby Dejardin. A former LMU player from 1986-88, Dejardin has played, coached and scouted for the Yankees and now scouts Southern California for the Angels. He has very good contacts on the West Coast and a good reputation as an instructor. As an LMU alumnus, Dejardin would be very motivated to take the job and would probably be a more cost-effective choice than Giarratano.
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