Division III Wilkes University Names Izzi Metz Men's Basketball Coach

The Colonels tab former Boston College assistant Izzi Metz as their next head coach.

According to The Citizen's Voice Newspaper, former Boston College assistant coach Izzi Metz will be named the next men's basketball coach at Division III Wilkes University, a small private school located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Wilkes has scheduled a news conference today at 3 p.m. to make the announcement.

Metz comes to Wilkes from Boston College, where he served as the Director of Basketball Operations during his first two seasons on the Heights before being elevated to assistant coach last season. Prior to joining the Eagles staff in 2011-12, Metz served five seasons as the head coach at Hobart College and five as Donahue's assistant at Cornell.

A 1998 graduate of Hobart, Metz got his collegiate coaching start as his alma mater, serving as an assistant coach for one season (2000-01) before joining Donahue at Cornell.

Metz replaces Jerry Rickrode, who stepped down after coaching the Colonels for 22 years. Rickrode compiled a 328-191 record at Wilkes, including a Division III Final Four during the 1997-98 season. The Colonels limped to an 8-16 finish (3-18 in the Freedom Conference) in 2013-14.

Obviously things didn't work out for Metz at Boston College, but it's good to see former Eagle staffers land on their feet elsewhere. Here's to wishing Metz nothing but success at his next coaching stop.

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