College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell on Wednesday announced the formation of a search committee that will make recommendations for the hiring of the college's next men's head basketball coach.
The College of Charleston fired basketball coach Doug Wojcik on Tuesday after two school investigations discovered alleged verbal and physical abuse of players and staff members by the coach.
The eight-person search committee will be chaired by Joe Hull, Director of Athletics. Other members of the committee are:
Vince Benigni, Faculty Representative to Athletics
Otto German '73, Assistant Athletics Director for NCAA Compliance
Kenneth (Gus) Gustafson '75, men's basketball alumnus
John Kresse, former men's basketball head coach
Monte Lee, baseball head coach
Steve Osborne, Executive Vice President for Business Affairs
Tomi Youngblood, president of the Cougar Club Board of Directors
"The individuals on this committee all have dedicated themselves tirelessly to the tradition of athletic excellence at the College of Charleston," McConnell said. "I greatly appreciate their willingness to serve in this important capacity, and I look forward to receiving their recommendations."
McConnell said that newly hired assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean will serve as the interim coach.
John Kresse said McConnell called him Tuesday to discuss his interest in helping find a new coach. Kresse was a member of the three-person search committee that hired Wojcik in 2012.
"Of course, I told him I would do it," Kresse said. "I'm honored that President McConnell would think of me in this situation."
Despite the recent negative publicity that has engulfed the program over the last month, Kresse still believes it's an attractive position that will lure quality coaches to apply.
"I still believe that the College of Charleston job is one of the top mid-major NCAA basketball positions in the nation. We have a quality city, a quality university and a facility at TD Arena that any coach would die for."
Anthony Johnson, who played for Kresse from 1992-97, is considered a leading candidate to replace Wojcik.
"I know there will be a tremendous amount of interest in this job nationwide," Kresse said. "We're going to have a lot of very strong candidates that will be interested in the position and I'd certainly put Anthony Johnson among those candidates that we'd consider."
At least one media outlet has reported that former Cougars coach Bobby Cremins might be named interim coach for the upcoming season, but several school officials said Wednesday that is not likely to happen.