Butler assistant David Ragland will be Evansville’s next men’s basketball coach, sources told CBS Sports. The Evansville, Indiana, native will be taking over the Aces’ program less than a month after new athletic director Ziggy Siegfried fired Todd Lickliter, who lasted less than three years on the job.
An official announcement is expected by the end of Tuesday.
Ragland spent last season on LaVall’s Jordan’s staff at Butler and was retained to the same role when Thad Matta succeeded Jordan earlier this spring. He’s coached in Division I since 2010, where he got his start at Indiana State. Since then, he coached at Bowling Green, Northern Kentucky, Valparaiso and Utah State before landing at Butler.
He graduated from Southern Indiana University; one source said Ragland’s homegrown ties to the area were a significant selling point and major factor in his candidacy for the job. Evansville is considered arguably the toughest gig in the Missouri Valley, and the roster was depleted even before Lickliter’s firing. With Ragland filling the vacancy at Evansville, the only post not to be filled in men’s D-I basketball is South Carolina State.
Evansville fired Lickliter after three seasons and a 15-53 record. The change came later than expected, but was rumored dating back to March. The reason for the delay was the school needing to hire an athletic director. That became official on April 21. A little more than two weeks later, Lickliter was fired.
This 2022 cycle wound up being a lot busier in the coaching ranks than anyone expected. It might take a little time to get used to all these new faces in such high-profile faces. Here is an extensive recap on all coaching movement in men’s hoops this spring.