MOORHEAD — Minnesota State University Moorhead’s open men’s basketball coaching job is already attracting international attention, according to the school’s acting athletic director. He expects the work to continue to generate strong interest.
“We have a great job here,” Chad Markuson said. “We have the ability to attract a wide variety of people.”
MSUM officially posted the job posting on Monday morning as it begins its search to replace Chad Walthall as head of the Dragons program. Walthall announced last week he was quitting after 12 years, signaling he was exhausted after a 30-year coaching career.
While MSUM administration is committed to making men’s basketball the school’s flagship athletic program, Walthall has embedded the Dragons into a strong NCAA Division II program that is one of the very best in the league. popular Northern Sun intercollegiate conference. The Dragons averaged 21 wins a year under Walthall, including multiple trips to the NSIC playoff title game and the NCAA playoffs.
Combined with its location in metro Fargo-Moorhead – population of almost 250,000 including around 20,000 college and technical school students – MSUM work is attractive in coaching circles.
“It’s one of the best jobs in Division II,” Markuson said.
The online post says the job comes on a four-year contract, but salary is yet to be determined. The maximum salary is listed as “DOE”, based on experience. Walthall earned about $125,000 a year, one of the best salaries in NSIC.
Markuson said MSUM is allowed to raise coaches’ salaries based on market value. For example, the Dragons can look around the NSIC and compare the salaries of other coaches in the league and use that as their “market”.
“We’re going to be competitive,” Markuson said.
Required qualifications include five years of “progressive coaching at the college or professional level”.
MSUM will accept applications until April 11.
Markuson said he had already heard from many interested coaches, starting almost immediately after news of Walthall’s resignation became public knowledge. That includes coaches from “all over the country,” Markuson said, and at least one foreigner.
Markuson is in the process of forming a five- to seven-person search committee that will include members of the athletic department, the faculty athletics representative, and a union representative from the interfaculty organization.
The committee will compile a list of finalists, review each one’s strengths and weaknesses, and make a recommendation to Markuson. He will make the final decision in collaboration with the president of the MSUM, Anne Blackhurst.