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Posts tagged: Giacoletti

Stolen Morrison rings found

Burglars broke into Adam Morrison's parents' home recently and among the items taken were Morrison's three WCC championship rings. Two of the three rings have been located but the third remains missing. Three suspects have been arrested.

Morrison will be a student assistant coach with GU this season.

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Also, ex-Zag assistant coach Ray Giacoletti is trying to build Drake into a consistent power.

Giacoletti hired at Drake

Every few years, Gonzaga head coach Mark Few loses one of his assistant coaches and one of his best friends in the process. Six years ago it was Billy Grier to San Diego (replaced at GU by Ray Giacoletti) and three years ago it was Leon Rice to Boise State (replaced by Donny Daniels).

Today it was Giacoletti, who was announced as the new head coach at Drake. He agreed to a five-year contract. I couldn't pin down the annual salary but heard it's in the $400,000-$450,000 range. Here's my article on Giacoletti's departure. Here's the Des Moines Register article.

Who replaces Giacoletti? It'll be interesting to see if Few goes with someone with no previous affiliation to GU (as he did in selecting Daniels) or someone with Zag ties (possibly Brian Michaelson, assistant director of operations).

Giacoletti new head coach at Drake

Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti will be introduced as the new head coach at Drake University at a press conference at 2:30 CDT, The Spokesman-Review has confirmed.

Giacoletti interviewed for the job Sunday and was in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday to meet with Drake administrators, including president David Maxwell.

Giacoletti, who just completed his sixth season at Gonzaga, has been a head coach at North Dakota State (1998-2000), Eastern Washington (2001-04) and Utah (2005-07). He had winning records at all three schools and led EWU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance and Utah to a Sweet 16.

Giacoletti will replaces former Bulldogs coach Mark Phelps, who was 77-86 in five seasons the Missouri Valley Conference school.

GU-Illinois pregame

About an hour to tip-off here at Assembly Hall, a dandy circular facility with 16,618 seats (all seat-backs). GU assistant coach Ray Giacoletti has been a popular man, doing radio interviews and greeting folks courtside. He grew up in Peoria, about 90 miles down the road, and his wife, Kim, has family in nearby Bloomington. Giacoletti expects to have 15-20 close friends and family here to watch.

Ex-Zag Jeremy Pargo is also expected attend the game.

Head over to for in-game updates.

Giacoletti loses long-time friend

News reports surfaced in the last 24 hours of the suicide of David Salinas, an investment adviser and founder of a Houston AAU team. GU assistant basketball coach Ray Giacoletti is one of many coaches, possibly in several sports, who invested money with Salinas.

Salinas' death comes days after he was interviewed by federal officials probing a possible Ponzi scheme. He was reportedly under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for fraudulent practices that may have cost numerous high-profile coaches millions of dollars in investments.

Giacoletti has known Salinas for 22 years, preceding Salinas' founding of Houston Select, a team that had Demetri Goodson on its roster when he was Houston-area high schooler. Giacoletti expressed his condolences to the Salinas family in a statement released by Gonzaga.

Some coaches could be concerned that the NCAA might frown on coaches having a financial relationship with Salinas when he's also the founder of an AAU program that sent numerous recruits on to colleges, reported

Here's a link to my article that will run in Tuesday's S-R.

A couple of things to point out: Goodson was recruited primarily by Leon Rice, who left Gonzaga to become the head coach at Boise State. A quick scan of Giacoletti's rosters at North Dakota State, EWU, Utah and GU's (over the last four years) indicate Goodson is the only player with a connection to Houston Select. I say a quick scan because I'm covering the Spokane Indians game while scouring rosters.




Here's a short article on

Giacoletti not going to Northern Illinois

Gonzaga men's basketball assistant coach Ray Giacoletti has withdrawn his name from consideration for the head coaching job at Northern Illinois University, The Spokesman-Review has learned.

Giacoletti and Purdue assistant Paul Lusk were finalists for the job, sources indicated. Northern Illinois, a Mid-American Conference school located in DeKalb, is replacing Ricardo Patton, who was fired after compiling a 35-83 record in four seasons. Other candidates included Indiana assistant Tim Buckley and Michigan State assistant Mark Montgomery, according to the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb.

Giacoletti appeared to be the first choice for the job, according to a report Tuesday afternoon on's Rumor Central. Giacoletti pulled his name from consideration later Tuesday.

Giacoletti has been with the Bulldogs for four seasons. Prior to joining GU's staff, Giacoletti was a head coach for 10 years at three schools. He posted winning records at North Dakota State (1998-2000), Eastern Washington (2001-04) and Utah (2005-07).

Giacoletti is a native of Peoria, Ill, which is about 120 miles south of DeKalb.

Giacoletti on Toledo: “Not going to happen”

The Toledo Blade reported in today’s edition that Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti is the frontrunner for the Toledo Rockets’ head coaching job. The short article is incorrect, Giacoletti said Wednesday.

“Print it: No interest, not going to happen,” Giacoletti said in a brief telephone interview. ”I don’t know where it came from or why or how. … It’s not even an option either direction.”

Giacoletti is good friends with Toledo A.D. Mike O’Brien, which might have prompted the speculation. Toledo is replacing Gene Cross, who resigned after two years with an 11-53 record. The Rockets were 4-28, 1-15 in the Mid-American Conference, last season.

And more GU notes

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I put together a notebook/advance for Wednesday’s S-R. The first topic deals with how the GU-Augustana game came about, followed by a couple of other items, including a shorter version of the Elias Harris’ note from Monday’s post.

Read on for the unedited article.

Meanwhile, Matt Bouldin and Saint Mary’s Omar Samhan are co-WCC players of the week.

Day after Utah

Gonzaga’s slide continued Wednesday night as the Bulldogs missed two shots in the closing seconds and fell to Utah 66-65 in Salt Lake City.

The Bulldogs have dropped three straight and four of five as they head into what could be their toughest matchup of the regular season. No. 14 Tennessee (8-2) will be looking to avenge an 83-74 defeat to GU five weeks ago in the Old Spice Classic championship when the Bulldogs visit Knoxville on Wednesday.The Vols have a 37-game home winning streak and they’re 28-0 in non-conference home games under coach Bruce Pearl. UT’s last home loss was in the final game of the 2005-06 season (Kentucky 80, UT 78).

GU-Utah game stories and Mark Few quotes below.


Game day for GU; 2009 recruit

A roundup of Gonzaga items, including a third member of the 2009 recruiting class. The Bulldogs bid goodbye to 2008 tonight against Utah in Salt Lake City.

Read on.

Bulldogs set to face Giacoletti’s old team

Gonzaga and Utah will spend New Year’s Eve on the court for the second straight year. GU won 61-59 last year in Spokane. The rematch is Wednesday at 5 p.m. PST in Salt Lake City.

For the second straight year, GU assistant Ray Giacoletti will handle the scouting report for this game. Makes sense, given that Giacoletti recruited 8 of the 10 players in Utah’s rotation when he was the Utes’ head coach from 2005-2007.

Read on for an unedited game preview.

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