Days after adding a talented recruiter to its staff in Fred Hill, Seton Hall lost one in Dan McHale. Jeff Goodman of CBSSports broke the news today that McHale is going to join Richard Pitino's staff at Minnesota. South Orange Juice later confirmed that while the move isn't finalized yet, it will be announced in the coming days.
McHale was instrumental in bringing in some of head coach Kevin Willard's best recruits in Aaron Cosby, Brandon Mobley, and most recently, Jaren Sina (twice). In addition, the six-year assistant under Willard was also responsible for securing the postgrad rotation player (2010-11), Eniel Polynice, from Ole Miss.
While Seton Hall fans would have loved to experience both McHale and Fred Hill on the recruiting trails together, his decision to move on to Minnesota is undeniably an upgrade, despite his close relationship with Kevin Willard and a career move that finds him leaving his native New Jersey.
The early names being floated around as candidates to become McHale's replacement are Stephen Sauers and Marcus Toney-El. Sauers is currently Seton Hall's Director of Basketball Operations while Toney-El served the last two seasons as Fairleigh Dickinson's associate head coach. "MTE" played four seasons at Seton Hall from 2000-04 and was named team captain twice. Toney-El was recruited to Seton Hall by Fred Hill and played his freshman season under him.