I would think if NKU wants to keep the momentum that they have going, Shumate would be the obvious choice. He’s recruited most of the players on the current roster, and spent a considerable amount of time under Brannen.
Why not Kelly Wells? He is one of the few who has actually proven himself at the high school and small college level.He is an outstanding coach. A lot of folks do not realize that most D 1 coaches go the grad assistant route. Just because they played the game or can recruit does not mean they can teach the game or be a good coach.
I am sure Billy Hicks is an outstanding coach too and I don't want him either. Whoever we hire will be a bit of a gamble, but I would lean toward someone who has had some level of success at a D-1 program.