Dildy named Chicago State coach

Updated: July 12, 2010, 7:27 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- After nearly three months of searching, Chicago State named Tracy Dildy as its new men's basketball coach, closing the final vacancy in Division I men's basketball on Monday.

Dildy is no stranger to Chicago as a player, coach or recruiter. He starred at King High School and Illinois-Chicago. He has been an assistant coach at UIC and DePaul, where he recruited Quentin Richardson and Bobby Simmons.

Dildy was an associate head coach at UIC before taking Chicago State's position. This is Dildy's first head coaching job.

"This is a bittersweet moment in my life to leave my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I developed my coaching career," Dildy said in a statement. "It's also a sweet moment to begin my head coaching career at CSU where president [Wayne] Watson is leading the charge towards a new and revitalized university. I'm also excited to work with [athletic director Sudie] Davis in helping shape the athletics department into a competitive program."

Dildy has nearly 20 years of coaching experience. Aside from DePaul and UIC, Dildy was also an assistant at Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn, Ball State and Mississippi.

Dildy was attractive to Chicago State for a number of reasons.

"Tracy is not only a great coach, but he is also very dedicated to the academic success of his student-athletes," Davis said in a statement. "This commitment is one of the primary reasons why he was our top pick for the job. He has the ability to lead our players to victory both on and off the court."

UIC coach Jimmy Collins was pleased for Dildy.

"Tracy is certainly prepared to be a head coach," Collins said in a statement. "He is an excellent coach who helped us a great deal the past three years. I had the opportunity to observe Tracy and see that he was not only a good recruiter, but a good all-around coach. We wish him the best in his new and well-deserved endeavor as a head coach."

Chicago State announced the firing of its previous coach Benjy Taylor on April 19 and had been searching for a replacement since.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.