Yesterday the Drexel Dragons officially broke up with Bruiser Flint after 15 years. The Philadelphia native guided the Dragons into the CAA and immediately made them a contender with six NIT appearances in their first six years in the conference. Things went downhill for Flint recently when injuries and the transfer of big stars, like Damien Lee, hampered the Dragons and limited them to just one winning season in the past four years.
So for just the second time this century Drexel is looking for a head coach and who are some of the names to watch out for in the "City of Brotherly Love"?
Bashir Mason, Wagner: The name you'll hear the most is a former player under Flint, Bashir Mason. The former Drexel standout point guard took over at Wagner as the nation's youngest head coach at age 27 and he's guided the Seahawks to a 54-48 mark and has them playing in the NEC Championship game Tuesday night. Mason is a clear early frontrunner unless the school wants to completely cut ties with the Flint era.
Billy Lange, Philadelphia 76ers: The former Navy head coach would be a home run for the Dragons. He's a .500 head coach despite the unique challenges of coaching at Navy and the US Merchant Marines Academy. He's also tremendously familiar with the area after coaching in Philadelphia since 2011 with Villanova and the 76ers.
Martin Ingelsby, Notre Dame: Ingelsby has lived and breathed Philadelphia basketball his whole life and obviously will get council from a guy in Mike Brey who is pretty familiar with the area. The former Notre Dame point guard is ready to leave the nest so why not Drexel?
Jamal Brunt, Miami: Chris Caputo will be the catchy name from the Miami staff this offseason, but he can likely choose any spot he wants really among the mid-major ranks. The name Drexel fans should explore is another Canes assistant, Jamal Brunt. Brunt is the former Associate Head Coach at Richmond and is a Baltimore native, a place where Drexel desperately needs to build a more deep pipeline. Brunt should be on the short list for Drexel and UMBC.
Ashely Howard, Villanova: Add another former Dragon to the list. Howard, a current assistant at Villanova, played for the Dragons and coached with Flint in the mid-2000s. He was also a former camp coordinator in the area and has strong recruiting ties.
Greg Herenda, Fairleigh Dickinson: Another NEC head coach is on the list. Herenda made a seemingly odd move when he left UMass Lowell for a no-win job at FDU. The veteran head coach has turned the program around quickly and has won at every level he's coached at including junior college, Division III, Division II, and now Division I. He knows how to recruit in the northeast and would be a solid pick for the Dragons.