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HSU close to hiring new basketball coach

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ABILENE, Texas - The Hardin-Simmons men's basketball team is coming off its best season in program history, but needs a new leader.

Athletic Director John Neese says they are working quickly to replace Craig Carse, who retired after nine seasons as HSU's head coach, and forty total years in coaching.

"We've done several phone and in-person interviews," said Neese, who recently was one of four winners for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour AD of the year program. "I'm hoping within the next seven to ten days, we'll be able to extend an offer and shortly after that be able to announce our next basketball coach."

Whereas Carse had extensive coaching experience in all divisions of college basketball, Neese also said their applicant search hasn't been limited to just current college coaches.

"To coach at the Division III level and understand what all goes into recruiting at the D3 level is pretty important. At the same time, a high school is going to have a lot of connections and a lot of networks to help provide players for the program. Either way, I could make the case they could make a really valuable asset to the department."

Neese emphasized the importance of having administrators such as HSU President Eric Bruntmeyer available to meet with the coaching candidates before making a decision.

"Whoever we want to bring in needs to understand that we have a culture that's a family and we're a Division III athletics program. We're not separate from the rest of the school. That's going to be a really key part of making our decision is finding someone who understands that balance of Division III athletics."

Neese has hired every coach currently at HSU, including long-time coaches from baseball (Steve Coleman - 20 years), women's soccer (Marcus Wood - 17 years), volleyball (Sabrina Bingham - 9 years), and football (Jesse Burleson - 7 years).

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