The Maryland Terrapins have found their new Head Coach in Seton Hall Pirates Head Coach Kevin Willard. While the two sides have been rumored to be interested in each other for a while a deal took some time to work out after Seton Hall’s first-round exit to TCU in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The details of the deal also came out and it is for seven years with a starting salary of $3.9 million and will increase by $100,000 each year. Maryland and former Head Coach Mark Turgeon agreed to part ways near the beginning of this season. Now the Terrapins can begin rebuilding their program while Seton Hall looks for a new Head Coach.
Sources: Maryland will officially announce Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard as its next head basketball coach this morning. A press conference is set for Tuesday.
The Chiropractor is officially headed to the Spring Break capital of the Northeast.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 21, 2022
Kevin Willard has spent 12 seasons with the Seton Hall Pirates and led them to an overall record of 225-161 and a conference record of 105-113. In that time he also won the Big East regular-season once and the Big East Conference Tournament once. The last seven years have been phenomenal where they made the NCAA Tournament five times and it would have been six had the 2020 NCAA Tournament not been canceled due to COVID-19.
The Kevin Willard era starts now!
— Maryland Men’s Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) March 21, 2022
Maryland is well situated near Baltimore and Washington D.C. to pull in talented local recruits. Willard is a capable recruiter and should thrive in his new job in the Big Ten. Seton Hall will be tasked with replacing him, but they already have a name in mind for the job. He just has to finish with the 2022 NCAA Tournament first.