Very sad to see Kroogs go. Seemed to have a great rapport with the guys and really excel both on the recruiting trail and with skill development on campus. That said, when you have success – you’re talent will get poached. Timing is unfortunate though.
Kroogs was very active on social media interacting with platers and fans. That doesn’t necessarily mean he was the linchpin to the staff. Antoni Wyche has been the associate head coach for a number of years – just because he doesn’t post about what he is up to doesn’t mean anything about his performance.
Also, Kyle Griffin has already brought in Brandon Alston and Pat Andree and looks like an excellent recruiter. Maybe he can fill some of Kroogs shoes on that front.
When the time does come to replace Reed (or an assistant), I love that there are a bunch of guys with LU connections out there:
– Logie killing it as a D3 head coach
– Kroogs in the D-League
– Mitch Gilfillan with extensive assistant experience in the MAC conference including being the youngest full time assistant when promoted at Ball State
– Kyle Neptune with experience at Niagara, Hofstra, and Villanova
– Harry Mora former Video Coordinator now at Desales has stayed close to the program
I’d love to get Gilfillan or Neptune on the staff, although probably too close to the start of the season for this year. Maybe someone like Harry Mora would be available ASAP however.