By By Paul Hudrick
It appears Brett Brown’s coaching staff is about to lose a key member.
Assistant coach Billy Lange has reached an agreement to become the next head coach at Saint Joseph’s, according to the Inquirer.
Lange will replace Phil Martelli, who was unceremoniously let go on March 19 after 24 seasons coaching the Hawks.
This is a tricky situation for Brown and the Sixers. Considering “an announcement could come as early as next week,” it seems likely Lange will be forced to leave his current post and begin recruiting. With the departure of Lloyd Pierce to take the head job in Atlanta this past offseason, Lange has been in charge of the Sixers’ defense.
The team’s new switch-heavy scheme has had some growing pains this season — especially in the pick-and-roll. If Lange is out, it could be tough to make a change with just eight games remaining. Monty Williams, who has plenty of experience in the NBA as a player and head coach, could step into the role.
For St. Joe’s, Lange seems like a solid hire. It’s going to be tough for the school to restore the goodwill it lost with Martelli, but Lange has as many local ties as anyone — if not...