Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Wake Forest has hired long-time assistant coach Dino Guadio as its new head basketball coach, succeeding the late Skip Prosser two weeks after Prosser died of a heart attack. To say that Guadio and Prosser were close is an understatement – Prosser was his closest friend, the best man in his wedding and the godfather of his youngest daughter.

The school introduced Gaudio at a news conference last week, and the administration gave him a vote of confidence by signing him to a five-year contract. The 50-year-old Gaudio has spent about half his life as Prosser's assistant. He has also had two head-coaching stints, at Army (where he went 36-72) and at Loyola of Maryland (where he was 32-52).

The school's decision to maintain continuity by hiring Guadio was an effort, in part, to make sure the Demon Deacons can hang onto their outstanding recruiting class. Al-Farouq Aminu and Ty Walker are widely considered two of the country's top 20 high school players.

Yes, we will wait the appropriate amount of time and then we will start making fun of Coach Gaudio. In all likelihood, the Flintstones will be involved.

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