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Anatomy Of A Coaching Search: Loyola Maryland’s Woodruff And Hardy With Daniel Parker

Guest Donna M. Woodruff, Tavaras Hardy, Loyola University Maryland; Daniel Parker, Parker Executive Search
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Loyola Maryland’s Director of Athletics Donna M. Woodruff and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tavaras Hardy join Daniel Parker of Parker Executive Search to give a behind the scenes look at the process of hiring a collegiate men’s basketball coach from the moment the job opens to the press conference announcing the new hire. The three give insight into identifying and vetting potential candidates, a rigorous multi-round interview process, and the eventual selection of Coach Hardy as the program’s new leader.


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  • - What were you initial thoughts when the Men’s Basketball Head Coach position became open? (Woodruff)
  • - How did you decide whether to execute the search internally or use a search firm? (Woodruff)
  • - What happens once a search firm is retained? (Parker)
  • - How did you assess the initial list of candidates? (Woodruff)
  • - How many candidates were initially interviewed during the first round?
  • - How do you decide the structure of the in-person interview process when you start bringing people in for the second round?
  • - When did you decide that Loyola Maryland was a school you were interested in for your first head coaching job and how did you proceed after making that decision? (Hardy)
  • - How did the initial contact with the AD take place? (Hardy)
  • - What was your thought process after you identified the final candidate pool? (Woodruff)
  • - What is the search firm’s role during the final candidate interviews? (Parker)
  • - Was everyone on the same page regarding the final candidate pool? (Woodruff)
  • - What was your strategy going into the interviews? (Hardy)
  • - Timeline for the final interviews (Parker)
  • - Did the interview process change for the second round of interviews? (Woodruff)
  • - Did you change how you interviewed for the second round? (Hardy)
  • - What separated Hardy from the other candidates? (Woodruff)
  • - How involved is the search firm during the final interview process? (Parker)
  • - What was the process for making the final decision? (Woodruff)
  • - What did you do to separate yourself during the final interview? (Hardy)
  • - Advice for coaches and athletic directors about the head coach search process