June 21, 2011
to Hire Finwood
By Sean Ryan
Old Dominion is expected to name Western Kentucky coach
Chris Finwood as its head coach.
According to several sources, Finwood interviewed on Friday with
ODU athletic director Wood Selig, who hired Finwood to coach the
Hilltoppers before the 2006 season. The Virginian-Pilot
was the first to report Finwood's hiring.
Finwood, a 1988 graduate of VMI who also was the Keydets' head
coach from 1992-94, spent six seasons at Western Kentucky and
compiled a record of 190-154. The Hilltoppers reached the NCAA
Tournament twice in the past four seasons under Finwood.
Finwood replaces interim coach Nate Goulet, who took over the
Monarchs program when Jerry Meyers resigned several weeks before
classes started last year. Goulet was named the CAA coach of the
year after guiding the ODU to a 30-26 record and a second-place
conference finish. Goulet interviewed for the head coaching
Neither Finwood nor Goulet responded to e-mail requests for
interviews over the past few days.
Sources also indicated that Nick Boothe, an ODU graduate and
longtime coach at Virginia Wesleyan College, was the other
finalist for the position.
Finwood, a native of nearby Hampton, Va., also has served as an
assistant at Auburn, VCU, Radford and VMI, where he got his
start in coaching. He also is a member of the VMI Athletics Hall
of Fame (2003).