LIU fires coach Derek Kellogg, hires Rod Strickland

Long Island University hired Rod Strickland as its new coach Thursday to replace the fired Derek Kellogg after five seasons.There is no mention of Kellogg in LIU’s release on the hiring of Strickland.Kellogg went 74-74 in five seasons, including a 49-41 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Sharks were coming off a third-place finish in the NEC in 2021-22. Under Kellogg’s guidance, LIU went to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and never finished below .500 in league play.The curious timing comes as the deadline has passed for players to enter the transfer portal and be eligible immediately to play next season.Strickland has served as the program director for NBA G League Ignite, mentoring high school prospects for a pro career. Strickland had been with the G League since 2018.”Rod Strickland has a demonstrated eye for recruiting and developing student-athletes and we are confident he will elevate Long Island University’s winning tradition to even greater heights,” Long Island University President Kimberly R. Cline said in the release.