Since Jim Mitchell stepped down as the head coach at Bellarmine it has been nothing but ruckus surrounding the Knights program. They have had two players transfer and one incoming freshman has flipped his commitment. It’s not looking good in Louisville by any stretch.
According to a source, Bellarmine was looking to act swiftly in their coaching search. It was also reported that athletic director Scott Weigandt already has multiple “exciting candidates” lined up and the interview process has already started just a few days after Mitchell stepped down.
The coaching search timeline has been pushed back a bit from what was originally reported just a few days after the job became open. The Knights announcing their move to DI in all sports certainly came right in the middle of all this and that pushed the coaching search back a bit more anyways.
According to multiple sources, the Knights have interviewed candidates, including defensive coordinator Kyle Bernlohr, and an announcement should be coming in the next week or so.
While this coaching search has been going on there has been some havoc inside the locker room and among recruits, which was expected given the circumstances.
While multiple sources told Lacrosse Bucket earlier last week that rising sophomore Riley Seay may be looking to transfer, Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse publicized that Seay was in the NCAA Transfer Portal last night. As freshman in 2019, the South Carolina native led the Knights in scoring with 38 points (29G,9A) and was named the 2019 SoCon Freshman of The Year.
Rising sophomore attackman Daniel Chad has also left the program, transferring to McGill (Quebec) and will play in the CUFLA. Chad saw no action as a freshman for the Knights.
In addition, 2019 commit Stephen Bickel has been released from his NLI and flipped his commitment to Marist. The midfielder out of St. Andrew’s (Md.) committed to Bellarmine back when Kevin Burns was the head coach. Bickel helped lead his team to a Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC) title this past season, their first since 2002.