Wright State MBB Coach Scott Nagy takes position at Southern Illinois

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Wright State head coach Scott Nagy has officially accepted a position at Southern Illinois and will be the new head coach for the Salukis of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Nagy was the coach for the Raiders for 8 seasons, giving the Raiders a 167-91 (.647) record during that timespan. Nagy collected three Horizon League regular season titles, two Horizon League Championship titles, and Wright State’s first ever win in the NCAA tournament in a thrilling First Four matchup against Bryant. This record puts him among the greats for Wright State and as the second-winningest coach in the Raiders’ history.

Scott Nagy replaces Bryan Mullins at Southern Illinois, who went 86-68 in his tenure with the Salukis. Mullins was let go by the university in a move that surprised a few media outlets, especially after a season including a win against nationally ranked (and nationally snubbed) Indiana State that gave the Salukis their first Top 25 win in 11 years. Mullins was also picked third this season in the Coach of the Year voting for the Missouri Valley Conference. He has since joined DePaul’s staff as an assistant coach underneath Chris Holtmann, who was let go from Ohio State this year.

Wright State now faces a tight predicament – hiring a coach without a permanent Athletic Director in place. Bob Grant retires from his Athletic Director position officially on March 31, and the search for a new AD takes time. The most likely option for Interim AD Joylynn Brown is to hire a new coach on a one-year temporary contract, and the most likely candidate for the position is associate coach Clint Sargent. However, there are plenty of unknowns for the Raiders in the near future and the future of the team can only be speculated.

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