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College Hotline: Potential candidates for the Saint Mary’s AD search

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One voice matters more than all the others by an order of magnitude in Saint Mary’s search for a new athletic director.

Basketball coach Randy Bennett’s comfort level with the candidates will be essential, and it should be. His program is, by far, the Gaels’ greatest asset.

Disclosure: I haven’t spoken to Bennett about the search, or the qualities he values most.

But after mulling the situation with a half-dozen contacts, all of them well-versed in matters of Gael athletics, here are six potential candidates.

Whether there is serious interest, I do not know. But it would come as little surprise to see any of the following six as finalists.

(There will assuredly be others involved, and perhaps many others.)

Listed alphabetically.

Scott Leykam: Current athletic director at Portland but a Saint Mary’s alum who worked with Bennett during his tenure as senior associate commissioner of the WCC.

Mark Massari: Current deputy athletic director at Oregon State with Bay Area roots through his sales-side work with the 49ers — and as a former intern at SMC.

Mike Matoso: Current athletic director at Stanislaus State but versed in the ways of the WCC from his tenure as an associate AD at San Diego. Cal Poly grad with a stint at USC.

Gloria Nevarez: Current senior associate commissioner at the Pac-12 who also worked for the WCC but has on-campus experience. Stops include Cal and Oklahoma.

Dan Shell: Current executive with IMG whose candidacy would seem like a major stretch, except that he’s a former Gaels assistant coach under Bennett. Would he make the jump?

Marty Storti: Current senior associate AD at Saint Mary’s who is said to have a good working relationship with Bennett. If the search process leads nowhere and the Gaels turn in-house, he’s the one.

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