Louisville assistant Willard reportedly headed to Iona

Updated: April 4, 2007, 10:42 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Louisville assistant coach Kevin Willard has agreed to become the next head coach at Iona and will be formally introduced next week, a source told ESPN.com.

Willard has been an assistant to Rick Pitino for 10 years, dating back to Pitino's stint with the Boston Celtics.

"He reminds me of Billy Donovan at the same age," Pitino said. "He's got the same background and the same work ethic. He's as good as it gets."

Willard will replace Jeff Ruland, who was fired after a 2-28 season. After making the 2006 NCAA tournament, the Gaels were the last winless Division I team in 2007.

Willard was poised to be named the Delaware coach around this time last year, only to have the offer yanked out from under him. The school reversed course after some trustees voiced concerns about Willard being guilty of driving under the influence in 2004. The Blue Hens hired Monté Ross instead and went 5-26.

Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ESPN4D@aol.com.