Virginia associate head coach Ritchie McKay a College of Charleston coaching candidate

Virginia men’s basketball associate head coach Ritchie McKay confirmed in a text message Monday afternoon that he has been in contact with the College of Charleston about its head coaching vacancy.

McKay, 49, has been the lead assistant on Virginia’s staff since Coach Tony Bennett arrived on campus before the 2009-10 season. He has had stints as a head coach at Portland State, Colorado State, Oregon State and New Mexico before resigning from his post at Liberty before coming to Charlottesville.

McKay is one of six candidates expected to be interviewed by College of Charleston, according to ESPN and the Charleston Post and Courier. Former NBA player Anthony Johnson, former George Washington Coach Karl Hobbs, North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz, Wofford Coach Mike Young and Clemson assistant Earl Hobbs are the other candidates.

College of Charleston fired former Coach Doug Wojcik after an internal investigation into alleged verbal abuse of players.

Bennett has yet to lose a member of his original staff at Virginia, stability he repeatedly said was crucial to building the program in recent years. The Cavaliers return seven of their nine leading scorers from last season’s team, which won the ACC regular season and tournament titles for the first time in school history before losing to Michigan State in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

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