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Durst Makes Decision
By Steve Porter

Vic Morrissey, Youngstown State Athletic Director, announced that Coach Kendrick “KD” Durst has accepted a new contract to continue coaching the Penguins. “We’re very pleased that KD will continue the excellent job he has done rebuilding our men’s basketball program. The team’s 96-33 record the past 4 seasons with 3 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament following a season where he took the team to the semifinals of the NIT is a testament to his success,” said Morrissey.

A source within the university has said that Durst was seriously considering offers from several colleges in need of rebuilding of their programs in major conferences. Apparently Virginia Tech nearly convinced him to take a much higher paying job and develop a Hokies team that has been languishing at the bottom of the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference. But Durst was persuaded to remain at Youngstown State not only due to a contract extension with a significant raise in salary, but also the university committing to a solid increase in the team’s recruiting budget for next season.

YSU’s starting PG Pat White stated, “I’m so relieved that Coach Durst has decided to stay on at YSU. He’s one of the big reasons I transferred here after playing a year at Oregon. So I personally wanted to finish my Penguins’ career with Coach Durst at the helm.”

Morrissey also announced that at the conclusion of his contract Kirk Smith, the team’s 2nd Assistant, has decided to move on to be an assistant coach at Radford so he can be closer to his family. In his place, YSU has hired Donnell Weems as 2nd assistant coach in charge of scouting. Weems is 50 and has been an assistant coach at Kennesaw State the past two seasons where he helped the Owls reach the NCAA Tourney this past season. Brandon Warren will continue as YSU’s 1st assistant in charge of player development and Shannon Winn will remain as 3rd assistant handling recruiting.

Smith’s move to Radford expands the number of Durst’s proteges who are now populating coaching jobs in Division 1 ball. As previously reported, Steve Simmons is the new head coach at Gardner Webb. A.D. McKenna is 1st Assistant at Montana, Miguel West is 3rd Assistant for Marquette, and Raymond Harrington is 2nd Assistant at Harvard. “It’s great to see these guys fill important jobs. They’re all rising stars in the coaching world,” commented Coach KD Durst.



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Wayne23 wrote in Wolverine Studios forum: 
 
WADDA YA NUTS!!! Ya coulda gone ta a bigger, better school for more money, a bigger budget... CHEEZ!!!
 
 

Heh, well here’s some examples of coaches who didn’t jump at moving up to “bigger, better” schools and earning more money with a bigger budget:

Everett Shelton, 21 yrs and 328 wins at Wyoming

Doggie Julian, 18 yrs at Dartmouth with 3 NCAA berths

Pete Carril, 514 wins at Princeton with 11 NCAA berths (and creation of the Princeton Offense)

Edgar Diddle, 43 years and 759 wins at Western Kentucky

Jim Phelan, 49 yrs and 830 wins at Mount St. Mary’s

Clair Bee, 21 yrs at Rider and Long Island University, .824 winning percentage, 43 consecutive wins at LIU, invented 1-3-1 zone

Phil Woolpert, 243-168 record at San Francisco and San Diego including 60 game win streak (oh, do the names Bill Russell, Hal Perry and KC Jones ring any bells…Woolpert challenged convention by using those 3 black starters at the same time). After retiring he became a school bus driver in Sequim, Washington.

Oh yeah, none of those schools are big name NCAA schools or from power conferences. rolleyes.gif 

KD Durst hasn’t created an offense or zone, but is getting known for his “Recruit like it means…EVERYTHING” philosophy. tongue.gif






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