With this college basketball season coming to an end, the Vanderbilt Commodores are ramping up their efforts to find their next head coach. It appears two surprising candidates have emerged from the coaching search.
Last week, Vanderbilt fired Bryce Drew after going winless in SEC play. In three seasons as the head coach of the program, Drew only won 40 percent of his games.
Drew spent time with Valparaiso before taking the job at Vanderbilt. He took the team to the NCAA Tournament in his first season as the head coach.
According to college basketball insider Evan Daniels, the Commodores have interest in Jerry Stackhouse and Ronald Nored.
Stackhouse is an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies, meanwhile Nored is currently on the Charlotte Hornets' coaching staff.
Both assistants are gaining momentum to become future head coaches in either the NBA or NCAA.
Vanderbilt's new athletic director has strong ties to the NBA, so it makes sense that he would look at the professional level, though few predicted these names.
Nored might be the perfect fit for the Commodores. He could easily relate to younger players since he is only 29 years old. During his playing days, the defensive-minded guard was a key piece for the Butler Bulldogs.
Stackhouse is also an interesting candidate for Vanderbilt due to his expertise at the highest level. It's not common for programs to find a former All-Star guard that has coaching experience.
Regardless of which candidate Vanderbilt chooses this offseason, it appears the team is looking in the right direction.