The University of Utah's search for a basketball coach continued Wednesday with the names of two coaches with strong local ties surfacing.
Neil Roberts, head coach at Southern Utah State College, and Ron Abegglen, head coach at Alaska-Anchorage, have expressed interest in taking the Ute post, according to a Deseret News source.Roberts, a former Skyline High, Payson High and Dixie College coach, led SUSC to a 10-18 record in its first year of NCAA Division I basketball.
Roberts built a 199-55 record at Dixie, winning the NJCAA national championship in 1985. At Payson his 1970 team went 20-4 and finished second in the state championships. At Skyline his teams won the state 4A title in 1976 and 1977.
Roberts' two-year record at SUSC is 26-29.
Abegglen coached the NCAA Division II Seawolves to a 21-9 record this year, bringing his three-year mark at Alaska-Anchorage to 68-26. His overall collegiate mark, including 10 years at Snow College in Ephraim, is 280-101.
Alaska-Anchorage and Abegglen gained nationwide attention when the Seawolves stunned No. 2-ranked Michigan in the Utah Classic last December.
"It's the Utah job," said Abegglen. "I definitely would consider it. It's Utah, and most of my family is there, and I just have a tremendous loyalty to the state and its basketball."
Roberts and Ute Athletic Director Chris Hill could not be reached for comment.
The Utah basketball position became open when Lynn Archibald was fired Monday as head coach.
In other news, BYU assistant Carl Ingersoll is being courted by Snow College for the second time. Ingersoll, 55, has been at BYU for nine years. He was coach at American Fork High for eight years and spent a year at Alta High in Sandy.
Ingersoll confirmed Wednesday that Snow has contacted him about filling the vacancy recently left by the departure of head coach Larry Andersen. Ingersoll was also a candidate for the job when Andersen was hired, but he said financial considerations kept him from going to Ephraim.
Ingersoll said he likely will be interviewed next week for the Snow position. "I'm going down and talk," said Ingersoll. "I'd love to be coaching again (as a head coach), but it may be hard because of the money involved."