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Chronicle Sports Front Page, 5/15

In today’s issue–the first of Vol. 104 and the first of the summer–we lead with Nate James’ hiring as a Duke assistant and off-lead with the men’s lacrosse team’s continuing quest to win the program’s first national championship. Also on the front page is the women’s lacrosse team’s upset win over Georgetown Sunday.

Other sports in the issue: women’s tennis, women’s golf, men’s tennis and baseball, all of which are gearing up for postseason or were recently eliminated. Check out the PDF below, and be sure to follow the links to The Chronicle stories.

PDF for May 15’s The Chronicle

–by Ben Cohen

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Who Will Replace Dawkins? Nate James

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced that Nate James will fill the open assistant coach spot on the Duke bench. James captained Duke’s 2001 national championship team and is currently the squad’s strength and conditioning coach.

He succeeds former associate head coach Johnny Dawkins, now the head coach at Stanford. He joins fellow former Blue Devils Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins under Krzyzewski. In a statement released this morning, Krzyzewski also announced that both Wojciechowski and Collins would be promoted to the roles of associate head coach.

We’ll have more about James’ hire as the week goes on and in our first summer issue, which hits newstands May 15.

–by Ben Cohen

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Who Will Replace Dawkins, Part III

Some minor updates since our last post about Duke’s effort to replace former associate head coach Johnny Dawkins on the sidelines:

  • Jason Williams told WRAL he was not interested in the post, opting to remain with the “freedom” of TV as a CBS analyst.
  • Nate James told WRAL that he is extremely interested in the position. “It would be a job I’m definitely hoping to get,” the former player said. “I’m passionate about Duke. I’m around the program learning and preparing myself for the next step.”
  • We’ve heard rumblings about the potential candidacy of Antonio Lang, 1994 Duke graduate and current assistant with the Melco Dolphins in Japan. He’s certainly a name to keep your eye on.

Be sure to check back daily as The Chronicle continues to cover the coaching search, which should wrap up sometime in the next two weeks. Who do you think deserves the job?

–by Ben Cohen

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D’Antoni’s Duke Connection

Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni (or, per SI.com, former Phoenix Suns head coach) works under Mike Krzyzewski on Team USA and had a major influence on this year’s Duke team. After a summer with D’Antoni, Krzyzewski incorporated some of the NBA coach’s innovative offensive techniques to allow Duke to spread the floor and maximize the talent of its wing players, most notably Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler. As The Charlotte Observer noted yesterday, Krzyzewski learned a good deal from his Team USA assistants and should consider bringing in an outside hire to fill Johnny Dawkins’ place on the bench; we assailed that argument, writing that “Krzyzewksi isn’t looking to add Jim Boeheim, Mike D’Antoni or Nate McMillan to his staff.”

Well, if the reports are correct, then D’Antoni is available now. Would he be more attractive than Nate James, Chris Carrawell, Jason Williams, Chris Spatola or any of the other Duke-affiliated potential coaching suspects? Naturally. He’s a former NBA Coach of the Year and, as SI.com’s Jack McCallum writes, is “the man credited with reinvigorating fast-break basketball in a league gone stale.”

This is all in jest, of course. D’Antoni would never become a college assistant after being one of the best coaches in the professional ranks for years, not even for Krzyzewski. But it doesn’t hurt to aimlessly conjecture. Right?

–by Ben Cohen

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Who Will Replace Dawkins?

Given Johnny Dawkins’ departure from the Duke bench, the one question that immediately comes to mind is obvious: Who will replace Dawkins on Duke’s coaching staff? Here are a few names The Chronicle thinks you should keep your eyes on:

  • THE FAVORITE: Nate James. James, who played at Duke from 1997-2001, was on the sideline last year, helping out in practice in an unofficial role. He’s the best bet to get the official nod and might be able to help former point guard Steve Wojciechowski with the big men. Plus, he won a national championship in 2001, which never hurts.
  • THE DARKHORSE: Chris Spatola. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s son-in-law, Spatola is a graduate assistant and head team manager. He was the point guard at Army from 1999-2002, Krzyzewski’s exact position in the 60s. It seems likely that Spatola will become an official assistant in the future, but it will probably take one more coaching move for him to get the promotion.
  • THE LONGSHOT: Chris Carrawell. Carrawell was named Duke’s athletics outreach coordinator this year, responsible mainly for coordinating the department’s community service efforts. The 2000 ACC Player of the Year also teams up with James to host a local summer basketball camp. It doesn’t seem probable, though, that he would earn the position over James or Spatola.

Who have we forgotten? Who do you think should replace Dawkins on the Duke bench?

–by Ben Cohen

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