Maryland assistant linked to head coaching job

Head coach Kevin Willard may have to deal with staff attrition with the coaching carousel in full swing.

George Mason has focused its search on Maryland assistant Tony Skinn, per Jeff Goodman.

The connection is clear as Skinn once starred on the George Mason team that landed in the Final Four under then-head coach Jim Larranaga. Skinn’s local recruiting ties make him an obvious fit for George Mason after kicking off his coaching career as the director of athletics at Paul International in DC along with an assistant for Team Takeover.

Skinn’s recruiting impact also played a huge hand in Willard’s first full recruiting class after leading the way for both Jahn Lamothe and Deshawn Harris-Smith. “I think having a guy like Tony Skinn and David Cox on the staff, them being local, you’re going to be biased to local talent when you’re from that area and then understanding the landscape in the DMV, how everything works,” Paul VI assistant Lamar Butler told IBG last summer.

Skinn would mark the first staff departure for Willard as he could turn back to the local ranks to add another recruiter with area ties alongside assistant David Cox, director of basketball ops Greg Manning Jr. and director of player personnel Tevon Saddler.

This would also mark the first head coaching opportunity for Skinn after serving as an assistant at Louisiana Tech, Seton Hall and Ohio State before landing at Maryland ahead of the 2022-23 season.

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