In Second Attempt, UMass Picks Chattanooga Coach

Mar 30, 2017

UMass says it's hired a men's basketball coach. The announcement comes almost a week after the school's last pick backed out of the job.

If it all goes smoothly this time, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Matt McCall will take the job. He's led the Chattanooga Mocs for two seasons now, earning a 48 and 18 record. His team made it to the NCAA tournament last year, losing in the first round.

McCall, who's 35 years old, arrives at UMass with fewer years of head-coaching experience than the school's first choice -- Pat Kelsey of Winthop University.

Last week, UMass announced it'd signed Kelsey. But just a half-hour before his introductory press conference in Amherst, he quit and plans to stay at Winthrop.

For the past nine seasons, UMass was led by Derek Kellogg. He was fired earlier this month.