Cabrini’s athletic department has a lot of homework to do before the start of the next men’s basketball season. After the firing of the legendary head coach John Dzik, the department now faces the daunting task of hiring a coach to replace one of the most winningest coaches in Division III history.
Replacing Dzik will undoubtedly be a challenging hurdle as he was the team’s leading recruiter. Dzik was responsible for discovering outstanding players like Messiah Reames and this year’s Pennsylvania Athletic Conference rookie of the year, Jeff Dailey. Players and fans question whether or not there is another coach with as much heart and aspiration to coach such remarkable players both on the court and in the classroom.
“I have no one in mind yet for the job but I already have over 50 applicants,” Director of Athletics Leslie Danehy said.
“He would do anything for any player at any time. That’s hard to find in another coach,” Freshman Jeff Dailey said, “We will still treat a coach like he should be treated, with respect. You have to treat every coach like that. Although I do not think anyone could ever do for Cabrini what Coach Dzik has already done, the new coach will still receive the utmost respect.”
Although a coach has not been hired, “some recruiting has been done and there are some high school players who want to come to Cabrini even though John Dzik is not coaching.