After Kermit Davis was announced as the 19th head coach at the University of Mississippi, his two assistants from Middle Tennessee followed. The Ole Miss Rebels hoops staff is coming closer and closer to being complete after it was announced that Win Case and Ronnie Hamilton will join Davis in Oxford.
We profiled the two former coaches in a previous post, here is a refresher:
Kermit’s long-time assistant has tons of experience, mostly as a head coach. Case was head coach at Oklahoma City University for 13 years, posting a 343-127 record, and winning NAIA national titles in 1994 and 1996. Before being the head man, he was an assistant there for two years, coaching on two more NAIA title-winning teams (1991 and 1992). The 1992 squad was a perfect 38-0. What up, Bobby Knight?!
The Duke alum is one of the most unique assistant coaches in the history of Ole Miss. Because he played football, not basketball. And hey, he’s from Oxford (North Carolina). He has been with Davis for four years in Murfreesboro, but not before enjoying several stops where he was instrumental in recruiting and developing all-conference players.
Case’s expertise on the white board and bench as a head coach is irreplaceable. He’s won big-time at the NAIA level and has been a part of the renaissance in Murfreesboro as well. Win is someone who Kermit certainly can trust with in-game adjustments and recruiting. Before getting into coaching, he played at Seminole Junior College were he won a national title, then went to Oklahoma State where he played with current Kansas head coach Bill Self.
Hamilton is a young, up-and-comer who actually played football at Duke. Before he was a part of the Blue Raiders’ recent run in the NCAA tournament, he coached at Houston, Tulane, and The Citadel. There he was instrumental in the development of several all-league players. He coached six all-league players in his time, including two Freshman of the Year (Danuel House and Ricky Tarrant).
One was a big-time player for the Green Wave before moving on to Tulane, Alabama, and then finishing at Memphis. The crafty guard averaged 14.9 points per game in New Orleans on his way to garnering All-Conference USA honors and the player of the year award.
The other, House, was a high-flying wing at Houston who averaged 12.4 points per game as a freshman while competing in 33 games with 27 starts. After his first year in Rocket City, he left for Texas A&M.
Tarrant and House are very different players but both were developed by Harrison and went on to successful freshmen campaigns. The Rebs will need his eye for talent and ability to connect and develop. Especially the underclassmen and brand new signees. The first few classes for Kermit Davis and his staff are crucial for the trajectory of the program moving forward.
It remains to be seen who fills the last spot on the staff, but most rumor mills are churning in the direction of Butch Pierre and John Brady. The Daily Journal’s Parrish Alford reflects the same rumor. Alford reports that Kermit has said that he will conduct a “national search” but the two aforementioned names are quite close to the new Ole Miss coach, literally and figuratively.
Former LSU coach John Brady, a long-time friend of Davis and former boss, and Butch Pierre, who held the title of director of player personnel under Tubby Smith at Memphis this past season, would be humongous gets for the Rebs. It is widely speculated that Brady would join in an administrative capacity and Pierre would fill the final assistant spot and be the head recruiter on staff.
Time will tell.