April 3, 2009
Ritchie McKay has been named the new associate head coach of the Virginia men's basketball team. This means that Tony Bennett is one step closer to filling his coaching step, something he described as one of his top priorities in the early days of his tenure at Virginia.
McKay was the head coach at Liberty for the last two years, and led the Flames to one of the most successful seasons in school history. Liberty was 23-12 this past year, tying the school records for wins in a season at the Division I level. He also brought the Flames their first top 50 recruiting class in school history, which included Seth Curry, who led the nation's freshmen in scoring with 20.2 points per game. Curry will transfer to Duke next season.
In all, McKay has 13 years of head coaching experience. Prior to his two seasons at Liberty, he served as the head coach at New Mexico. Prior to that he held the head coaching positions at Oregon State, Colorado State, and Portland State.
Bennett will continue to look for assistants. He is expected to bring Ron Sanchez with him from Washington State. Published reports also indicate that Bennett may be after former Cavalier players Bryant Stith and Cory Alexander. We will keep you posted on the latest news as Bennett continues to search for assistant coaches.