A look at potential replacements with Jim Baron stepping down as Cansius basketball coach:
Pat Clarke, Canisius assistant (and interim replacement) – The ’92 Bona grad has been with Baron at Bona, Rhode Island and with the Griffs. Oversees scheduling, recruiting and scouting of future opponents. Olean native.
Reggie Witherspoon, Tennessee-Chattanooga assistant – Buffalo native has been an assistant at Alabama and UT-Chat since his 14 years at UB, where he did a highly credible job. Tight with Canisius AD Bill Maher.
Turner Battle, assistant coach at UAB – It’s just a matter of time until this former UB great breaks through to the head coaching ranks. Great mind for game. Former assistant at UB and Chattanooga. Wife Clare is from WNY.
Billy Baron, Canisius alum – Has the experience of being a coach’s son. Great mind for the game. Still playing overseas and just 25 years old.
Dave Niland, head coach Penn State-Behrend – Owns more than 400 victories at the school and has a Canisius pedigree. Has been considered for Griffs’ job before.
Adam Cohen, Vanderbilt assistant – This Williamsville native and former Williamsville North player has been on the rapid rise. Has had stops at Southern Cal, Rice and Harvard before Vandy. His day will come. Is it at hand?
Patrick Beilein, head coach at LeMoyne – Son of former Canisius and current Michigan coach John Belelin. Has been head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan, player development coach for the Utah Jazz and director of basketball ops at Bradley. Limited D-I experience.