DePaul Coaching Candidates: Ty Corbin

Head coach Tyrone Corbin of the Utah Jazz leads his team against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Houston, Texas. (George Bridges/MCT)
Head coach Tyrone Corbin of the Utah Jazz leads his team against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Houston, Texas. (George Bridges/MCT)

This is the fifth in a series of articles looking at potential replacements for Oliver Purnell as head coach of DePaul men’s basketball.

Part 1: Bobby Hurley

Part 2: Bryce Drew

Part 3: Jamie Dixon

Part 4: Steve Masiello

Ty Corbin has already been the focus of a coaching search in 2015, except he was the one being replaced. Corbin moved from assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings to interim head coach in December 2014 and was replaced as head coach on February 12, 2o15 by George Karl. Corbin currently works as an advisor to the Kings’ front office, but is certainly available as a DePaul coaching candidate.

Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin watches from the bench during the first half of their game against the Washington Wizards played at the Verizon Center in Washington, Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

Ty Corbin Profile

  • Age: 52
  • Current Job: Advisor to Sacramento Kings front office
  • Record: 119-167 (.416) overall, 7-21 with Sacramento
  • Postseason: 2011-2012 season (lost in the first round)

Ty Corbin has had a long career both as a player and an assistant coach. He is the first DePaul coaching candidate we’ve previewed that actually played for DePaul. He was a small forward for the Blue Demons from 1981-1985 and was a team captain his junior and senior seasons.

He played under legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer for his first three seasons and under Meyer’s son Joey for Corbin’s senior season. He then spent 16 years in the NBA as a journeyman, playing for eight different teams in that span. After his final playing season in 2000-2001, he caught on as an assistant with the Utah Jazz in 2004. For seven seasons he was on the bench under longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. When Sloan resigned in 2011, Corbin was named as his replacement.

In three full seasons with the Jazz, Corbin led the team to winning records twice and to the playoffs once in 2011-2012 in the strike-shortened season. The Jazz were swept in the first round by the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. After finishing 43-39 in the next season but failing to make the playoffs, the Jazz fell off in the 2013-2014 season and went 25-57. Corbin’s contract was not renewed and he left the Jazz.

His 2014-2015 stint with the Kings saw him start off as an assistant and then as a head coach for a couple of months. His record with the Kings wasn’t exactly stellar, going 7-21 in his time as interim coach and now he serves as an advisor for the Kings’ front office.

What Corbin does have going for him is his experience as a coach. He has approximately four seasons as a head coach and seven as an assistant. What he doesn’t have is experience as a college coach, never even as an assistant with a college team. His time as a Blue Demon, however, does make him popular with Blue Demon fans and could be a person the athletic administration looks at as a legacy hire.

Quick Facts

  • Played small forward for DePaul from 1981-1985
  • Drafted in the 2nd round of the 1985 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs
  • Played 16 years in the NBA for eight different teams
  • Became assistant coach of the Utah Jazz in 2004
  • Took over as head coach of the Jazz in 2011
  • Became assistant coach of Sacramento Kings in 2014 before becoming interim head coach in December 2014.
  • Relieved of Kings’ head coaching duties in February 2015.