Idaho Stampede managing investor Bill Ilett said he doesn’t look for coaching candidates — they find him.
Just hours after the Idaho Stampede announced the NBA Development League team and coach Bob MacKinnon had parted ways on Wednesday, Ilett had already received several phone calls and applications from 12 suitors.
“They’re coming in fast and furious,” Ilett said. “I don’t reach out to people, I want them to show the initiative.”
Ilett would not say who the applicants were, but did said he wants to have finalists for the position in the next two or three weeks, with a final hire in the next 45 days.
“I’d like to have it done a little quicker than that,” he said.
Ilett said the Stampede and MacKinnon mutually agreed to part ways after one year together.
Ilett added: “There is a little bit of philosophy difference of where I thought we were going and where Bob thought we were going on and off the court.”
The Stampede finished 25-25 and missed the D-League playoffs in MacKinnon’s lone season as coach.
Ilett said he is looking for a coach that will win games and be involved in the community. He said the Stampede’s next coach will live in Boise year round.