WNST.net has spoken to multiple sources close to the situation today; and we can confirm that Maryland is expected to hire Xavier assistant and Baltimore native Orlando “Bino” Ranson to fill Gary Williams’ staff. Ranson will replace Chuck Driesell, who departed earlier in the offseason to become the new head coach at The Citadel.
Ranson was the third candidate to interview for the position, following former Terrapins assistant Jimmy Patsos (who will remain the head coach at Loyola) and George Mason assistant Chris Caputo. Caputo is expected to remain with the Patriots.
Ranson will join Keith Booth and Robert Ehsan on Maryland’s staff, and will be expected to make major inroads in Baltimore. Ranson has AAU connections in Baltimore, and is good friends with Maryland legend Juan Dixon, who has reportedly campaigned for him to get the job.
Before coming to Xavier, Ranson served as an assistant under Matt Brady at James Madison; and has previously served at Marist and Loyola (where he worked under Patsos). Ranson is a 1993 graduate of St. Frances Academy here in Baltimore; and graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 1999.
Ranson’s hiring is NOT official, but is expected to be made official this week, as sources told WNST.net he is on his way to the area tomorrow.
Rumors surrounding Ranson’s status began when DeMatha coach Mike Jones Tweeted Congratulations to Ranson on Saturday morning. We had reported/speculated Ranson as a candidate via Twitter (@WNST) and WNST.net some six weeks ago.
Perhaps the most astonishing thing about Ranson’s success is that he has reached these heights despite once being coached in youth ball by “Nasty” Nestor Aparicio…