Ray Giacoletti was fired by Utah just two seasons after reaching the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The firing devastated Giacoletti, though he would up at mid-major power Gonzaga.
Six years later, Giacoletti has earned another shot at a head coaching job with Drake, a mid-major desperate to enjoy success at anywhere near the level of the Zags.
Drake announced Thursday it had hired the 50-year-old Giacoletti as its new basketball coach. He replaces Mark Phelps, who was fired two weeks ago after five seasons.
''This is a really big day for Drake athletics. We have a very bold vision. We want to be an institution that sustains competitive excellence in all of its programs,'' Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb said. ''We searched the entire nation to find somebody with the experience, the passion and the desire to share in this vision.''
Giacoletti is perhaps best known for a three-year tenure at Utah that started great and end...