Maryland has reportedly lost another assistant coach as media outlets are claiming that Ron Moxley is going back to Charlotte to take over as an associate head coach and eventually succeed Bobby Lutz as the head coach. This move may make sense for Moxley as Charlotte offers a better path to a head coaching job and Moxley is comfortable and familiar with the program. I guess that is about as optimistic as you can be about this development.
This is the fifth assistant to leave Maryland since 2003. Jimmy Patsos, Dave Dickerson, Mike Lonergan, Ron Moxley and Matt Kovarik all left College Park for other opportunities. Some may be thinking that working for Gary Williams can't be the most enjoyable job in college basketball and that is the problem. Some coaches, like Lonergan, are not able to handle the demands that Williams makes of his assistants and are unlikely to have the toughness to handle coaching at a high level position. My feeling is that Moxley left Maryland because of the poor relations between the basketball program and the athletic department. Moxley said that Maryland was a "dream job" when he was hired just a year ago and it would be foolish to believe that he didn't know what kind of coach Gary Williams was before he came to College Park. What he probably had little sense of was how the actions of the athletic department continually undermine and hamper the ability of the basketball program to cultivate the stability that is essential to winning.
I'm not trying to sugar coat this since it is clearly an alarming development. Maryland has an impressive 2007 recruiting class already and the 2006 class should have some players who can contribute right away. It isn't time to panic, but Williams needs to assert himself and guide the program out of the turmoil it has endured since 2004.