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Florida International to hire VCU associate head coach Jeremy Ballard

Ballard has been a Division I assistant for 12 seasons.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Florida International Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Florida International will hire VCU’s Jeremy Ballard as its next head coach, according to Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

Ballard served as the Rams’ associate head coach last season and has 12 years of experience as a Division I assistant, including two separate stints at VCU.

He will replace Anthony Evans, who coached the Panthers for five seasons but was never able to lead them to a winning record. Evans went 65-94 overall.

Ballard is just the latest VCU assistant coach to earn a head coaching job. As Rob Dauster from NBC Sports and Pav of both the Siegel Center and The Internet point out, the school has an excellent reputation for churning out head coaches.

Ballard will inherit a team at FIU comprised mostly of rising juniors and seniors. Assuming no more transfers — Eric Lockett has already announced his intention to leave — the Panthers will have a promising core for Ballard’s first season. The 5’10 Brian Beard Jr. has one year of eligibility remaining and should be one of the under-the-radar top players in Conference USA. He averaged 16.4 points and 5.7 assists per game last year, ranked top 10 nationally in steal percentage, and led CUSA in assist rate.

With the FIU job now filled, only four Division I head coaching vacancies remain. Check out our Coaching Tracker to see all the movement.