Florida Gulf Coast head men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley is considering leaving his position to become an assistant under Mark Gottfried at North Carolina State, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.
Just why someone would leave a head coaching job to be an assistant elsewhere isn’t exactly a step forward, but it isn’t entirely uncommon. Buzz Williams was the head coach at New Orleans before leaving to serve as Tom Crean’s assistant at Marquette, and he eventually became the Golden Eagles’ head coach before taking the same job at Virginia Tech.
In the case of Dooley, who has gone 65-38 (33-13 Atlantic Sun) in three seasons with the Eagles, his reasons may be financial. He made $235,000 last year, which isn’t bad for a top program in a mid-major conference, but he could make quite a bit more as an assistant at a Power 5 program. To give a better idea, Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried makes just over $2 million a year, so Dooley could definitely be in line for a raise if he left for N.C. State.
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