Giacoletti interviews for Drake job

Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti, left, puts his head together with head coach Mark Few. Giacoletti has accepted the head coaching position at Drake. (Jesse Tinsley)

Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti interviewed Sunday for Drake University’s head coaching job, sources said.

Giacoletti, who has been at GU for six seasons, is believed to be a finalist at Drake, a Missouri Valley Conference school in Des Moines, Iowa. Gonzaga lost to Wichita State of the MVC on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

Giacoletti was unavailable for comment.

Giacoletti has head coaching experience at North Dakota State (1998-2000), Eastern Washington (2000-04) and Utah (2005-07). He was an assistant at Illinois State in the MVC from 1990-93.

Giacoletti guided EWU to four straight winning seasons and the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. Giacoletti’s first Utah team went 29-6 and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Drake is replacing Mark Phelps, who was 77-86 in five years, including a 15-17 mark last season. The Bulldogs had two winning seasons in Phelps’ tenure.

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