Nearly a month after leaving the University of Utah, Ray Giacoletti will be named the head assistant to Mark Few at Gonzaga University. Few and Giacoletti are good friends, and it has been reported that when Hill contacted Few about the Utah position four years ago, he recommended Giacoletti for the job.
He will replace Bill Grier, who was the Bulldogs lead assistant and actually had it in his contract that he would take over the program if Few ever left for a better job. It's unclear if Giacoletti will have that in his contract, however after his failed stint with the Utes, you've got to think they would be wary about that possibility.
Prior to Utah, Giacoletti was the head coach at Eastern Washington, leading the team to their only NCAA Tournament. Before his stint with Eastern Washington, he was the head coach at North Dakota State and also an assistant under Bob Benders at Washington.
I'll say good luck to Giacoletti, though after Mark Few basically said Utah fans were unrealistic in their expectations and that they were the reason Giacoletti was fired, I can't help but think maybe he'll reap what he sows with bringing Giacoletti onto his staff.