Former Iowa men’s basketball coach Todd Lickliter will accept the head coaching job at Marian University, an NAIA school in Indianapolis, according to an Indianapolis radio host’s report on Twitter.
Lickliter, who was fired by Iowa followed the 2009-10 season, has “an agreement in principle and contract is being finalized” with Marian, according to a Tweet by Jake Query, a radio host at 1230-AM and the pit reporter at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lickliter will replace his best friend, John Grimes, who retired after 36 seasons as the Knights’ head coach.
Lickliter, 57, led Iowa to a 38-58 record but was dismissed after his third season. He sat out one year, then became an assistant at Miami (Ohio) last season.
Lickliter coached Indianapolis-based Butler for six seasons, compiling a 131-61 record and earned two NCAA Sweet 16 berths. In 2007 he was named Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was hired by Iowa, replacing Steve Alford.
After Lickliter was fired, Iowa owed him $2.4 million in severance payments. Iowa still owes him around $800,000 this fiscal year due to be paid by June 30.
Lickliter’s son, John, was a walk-on at Iowa but left after Todd Lickliter was fired. John Lickliter then joined the basketball team at Marian but played in only eight games and quit the team.
Iowa played a basketball exhibition against Marian on Nov. 8, 2009, which was scheduled because of Lickliter’s relationship with Grimes. Iowa won 76-53.