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Report: Northern Michigan will hire Ferris State's Bill Sall as next head men's basketball coach [UPDATE]
May 11, 2013 - Matt Wellens
MARQUETTE — ESPN 970 AM’s Casey Ford reported on Twitter late Friday evening that Northern Michigan University will hire Bill Sall as its next head men’s basketball coach.
Sall has spent the past 11 seasons as head coach at Ferris State.
Ford, a native of West Michigan, has solid sources within the Bulldogs basketball program.
Sall was the last of four finalists to interview last week in Marquette for the vacant NMU job, following six-year Hillsdale assistant coach Dan Evans, 15-year Winona State (Minn.) assistant and associate head coach Tom Brown and eight-year Valley City State (N.D.) head coach Jeff Kaminsky.
Evans accepted the head coaching job at Ohio Dominican of the GLIAC South on Monday, pulling him out of the running at NMU.
Sall, a native of downstate Zeeland and graduate of Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, has led the Bulldogs to four GLIAC North Division titles and three NCAA Div. II tournament berths in 11 seasons with two appearances in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.
The Bulldogs finished 14-13 overall in 2012-13 and 13-9 in the league, good for fourth in the division and seventh overall in the GLIAC. Third-seeded Findlay ended FSU’s season in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
While Sall has been head coach at Ferris State, NMU has produced only four winning seasons and has missed the GLIAC tournament for six consecutive seasons, resulting in the resignation of 24-year veteran Dean Ellis in 2010 following three losing campaigns and the release of Doug Lewis Jr. on March 13 after three losing seasons.
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ESPN 970 AM’s Casey Ford reported on Twitter late Friday evening that Northern Michigan University will hire Bill Sall as its next head men’s basketball coach. (Ferris State photo)