Four Remain On 'Short List' For Nevada Coaching Job

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The short list of potential replacements for Nevada basketball coach Trent Johnson is down to four.

Nevada athletic director Cary Groth said two contenders are Nevada assistant coach Mark Fox and Jeff Strohm, an assistant at Marquette. Two others candidates have asked not to be identified yet.

Those not on the list include Nolan Richardson, Steve Lavin and Matt Doherty, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Friday.

Richardson, a former Arkansas coach, Lavin, a former UCLA coach, and ex-North Carolina coach Doherty had been mentioned in early speculation for the job, which opened when Johnson took the Stanford job on Tuesday.

Groth said she wants to name a coach late next week.

"I'm not sure they are the right fit," Groth said of Richardson, Lavin and Doherty. "It's all about fit."

She said both Fox, who was on Johnson's staff for four years, and Strohm are the right fit.

Fox has been a Division I assistant for 11 years at Nevada, Kansas State and Washington, and Strohm has been an assistant for 13 years at Marquette, Utah and Northern Illinois.

Strohm was an assistant at Northern Illinois when Groth was the school's athletic director.

Johnson endorsed Fox for the job, as have former Nevada head coaches Pat Foster, Len Stevens and Sonny Allen.

Pack players also have come out in support of Fox.

Groth said she will interview Fox early next week. Fox is vacationing in Hawaii and will return to Reno on Saturday. Groth said Fox offered to return after Johnson resigned Tuesday, but she told him to finish his vacation.

"I don't know Mark very well," said Groth, who took over as Nevada's athletic director last month, coming from Northern Illinois.

"I've been able to observe Mark the last couple of games. What I do know about him I like," she said.

"When Mark gets back from Hawaii I want to get to know him. I think it's wonderful how people have come forward about Mark Fox," Groth said.

"He is a viable candidate."