College Sports

SCF whittles search for new men's basketball coach to final four

The search for the next State College of Florida head basketball coach is reaching its final stages, according to athletic director Matt Ennis.

Ennis said the school has named four candidates who have been invited to on campus interviews following a series of phone calls with earlier applicants. The in-person interviews began this week.

"The response has been great. We've had a lot of interest and we hope to make the decision by the end of next week or the following week," Ennis said.

Whoever is hired will become the fifth person since 1999 to head the men's basketball program. Chip Sines coached the team for three years and took the then Lancers to the state tournament in his final season.

He was followed by Brac Brady, who was ultimately fired, Reggie Bellamy and Joe Whelton, who resigned after last season, his only stint as the head coach. Bellamy took the program to the state tournament once.

Lack of adequate money to help with recruiting has been a common theme since the late 1990s as a reason the program has not be able to be a consistent winner and annual state tournament contender. The head coaching job is a part-time position.