Tulane’s week full of interviews didn’t slow down Friday.
Sources close to the situation told The Advocate that The Green Wave hosted Saint Louis coach Darin Hendrickson in its search to fill the vacancy left by coach Rick Jones’ retirement two weeks ago.
Hendrickson joins a field that includes Sam Houston State coach David Pierce, Southeastern Louisiana coach Matt Riser and Tulane interim coach Jake Gautreau. All interviewed this week with Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson.
Sources said Dickson would like to make a decision by the end of the weekend but no firm timetable is set.
Hendrickson led Saint Louis to Atlantic 10 championships in 2010 and 2013, but failed to win an NCAA tournament game either year as a No. 4 seed. Yet just reaching the postseason is a massive leap from the Billikens prior history, which consisted of just two 30-win seasons before Hendrickson’s arrival seven years ago.
Under his leadership, Saint Louis has won 30 games six times, and eclipsed the 40-win mark twice (2012, 2013) for the first time in school history.
However, unlike the other three candidates in the search, Hendrickson has no experience coaching or recruiting in the region, working almost exclusively in Missouri since 1995.