Arkansas assistant was Drexel, East Carolina coach

Updated: May 22, 2005, 4:54 PM ET
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bill Herrion, a new assistant on Arkansas basketball coach Stan Heath's staff, is being courted by the University of New Hampshire for its head-coaching job.

The Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader reported Saturday that Herrion, a former head coach at Drexel and East Carolina, had been offered the New Hampshire job.

Herrion visited the New Hampshire campus in Durham, N.H., on Thursday, ESPN's Andy Katz reportde, and was deciding if he should accept an offer from Wildcats athletic director Marty Scarano or stay at Arkansas.

Herrion, 47, was named Arkansas' top assistant under Heath on April 18, replacing Rob Flaska, who went on to the head coaching job at Centenary. Herrion was brought in to work with players and offer a head coaching point of view to the staff.

Heath was impressed with his impact in just a few short weeks, especially in working with the players, according to Katz.

Herrion coached Drexel to a 167-71 record in eight seasons, including three NCAA Tournament appearances. At East Carolina, he had a 70-98 record, and was fired last year after his team went 9-19.

Herrion said at a news conference after being hired at Arkansas that he was looking forward to helping the Razorbacks return to the NCAA Tournament and that it wouldn't be a tough adjustment being an assistant coach.

"This is coaching. This is basketball," Herrion said. "This is something that's been in my blood since I've been a little kid. My dad was a coach. All I know is being in a gym. So, to me, coaching is coaching."

Herrion, a native of Worcester, Mass., would be returning to his home area of New England if he took the New Hampshire job.

The Wildcats coaching post opened up when Phil Rowe resigned May 5 after six seasons and a 45-125 record, including 9-19 last season. New Hampshire has finished with a winning record just eight times since the 1951-52 season and the Wildcats most recent winning season was in 1994-1995, when they were 19-9.

If Herrion doesn't take the job, UNH will go to its second list, which includes Boston College assistant Bill Coen, Marquette assistant Jeff Strohm, former Vermont assistant Jesse Agel and Providence assistant Steve DeMeo, Katz reported. The Concord Monitor reported that Celtics assistant, and former in-state high school coach, Paul Cormier and St. Anselm's Keith Dickson are also candidates.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.