(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f9/bb/john-beilein-081818-getty-ftrjpg_1jzo28xtay5u71bf4r7nncapki.jpg?t=1746376570&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/65/52/winthrop-pat-kelsey-031417-ftr-gettyjpg_12fm63k8uatnu14aely1gn0fuc.jpg?t=-834414894&w=500&quality=80 Ryan Odom, UMBCBefore becoming head coach at UMBC and pulling off the greatest upset in NCAA Tournament history — his No. 16 Retrievers defeated No. 1 seed Virginia in 2018 — Odom all but grew up around the Wake Forest program. His father, Dave, was head coach of the Deacons from 1989-2001 and was the man who brought Tim Duncan to Wake. Ryan was a teenager when his dad was getting started with the Deacs. Ryan had 20-win seasons in his first three years at UMBC.Ritchie McKay, LibertyBefore turning Liberty into an Atlantic Sun power, McKay did not have overwhelming success at either New Mexico nor Oregon State. But in the past two years, Liberty has won 29 games and then 30. In 2019, the Flames advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a victory over Mississippi State.He has a career record of 295-216. John BeileinHis NBA experience did not go as planned, but Beilein remains one of the great college basketball coaches. He took Michigan to the NCAA championship game in 2013 and 2018 and to the NCAA Tournament nine times in 12 years. He won two Big Ten regular-season championships and two Big Ten Tournament titles. Previously, he had excelled at West Virginia, Richmond and Canisius.After the 2018-19 season, when Michigan won 30 games and lost in the Sweet 16 to Final Four-bound Texas Tech, Beilein decided to take a shot at coaching in the NBA with the rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers. But Cavs players rebelled at his back-to-basics approach to the game. He and the team parted ways in early February, at the All-Star break, with the Cavs’ record at 14-40.Wake Forest would be an opportunity for him to return to college coaching and also to join with his son, Patrick, who had been hired at Niagara a year ago but never coached a game. Patrick resigned last autumn, citing personal reasons.Wes Miller, UNCGAs coach at UNC Greensboro, just 35 miles from the Wake Forest campus, Miller has compiled a 164-126 record since 2011. It took a while to turn around the program, but over the past four seasons, UNCG has averaged 26 wins a year. The Spartans broke through to an NCAA Tournament bid. Competing in a Southern Conference that has produced such excellent teams as Wofford in 2019 and East Tennessee State in 2020, UNCG has won double-digit games in the past five seasons.Miller played at rival North Carolina from 2003-2007 and won an NCAA championship ring in 2005.Steve Forbes, ETSUIn five seasons at East Tennessee State, Forbes has yet to win fewer than 24 games. He twice won the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles; this past season, the Bucs compiled a 30-4 record and were headed for an excellent NCAA Tournament seed.Forbes previously was an assistant at Wichita State under Gregg Marshall and was part of the staff when the Shockers entered the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a perfect record. He also has been a head coach at three different junior colleges, most recently at Northwest Florida State, where both his teams were NJCAA runners-up. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9c/44/umbc-ftr-ryan-odom_17rzdhsdfq1eb1c5is9et4i4rv.jpg?t=774240930&w=500&quality=80 Instead, Wake athletic director John Currie waited 46 days to reach an agreement with Manning to part ways. There was more than $15 million remaining on his contract. It’s not clear whether that amount was negotiated down, but no doubt it cost quite a lot to make this move.MISSING MARCH MADNESS: Mike Brey says college basketball can’t lose another tournamentSo Currie cannot afford to get this wrong. There are very capable coaching candidates available to him, some of whom have ties to Wake and some who have been regional successes. But Manning grew up in the area, had coached in a championship-winning Kansas program and succeeded in two seasons at Tulsa. It didn’t matter.Wake, in a 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference, is a brutally difficult job. That’s why there’s one presumably sure thing available to Currie and Wake.This is the list of the best available prospects, with the clear choice at the top. Wake Forest played the final game of its 2019-20 basketball season March 10, and of course it was a loss. There were 18 in 31 games this season, 140 in 256 games during Danny Manning’s six seasons as Demon Deacons head coach.It would have been no surprise had Wake chosen to remove Manning that night, or the next day, but by two days later all of the sporting world was shutting down. Perhaps it seemed untoward to make such a maneuver with a global pandemic beginning to spread through the United States. Pat Kelsey, WinthropHead coach at Winthrop since 2012, Kelsey has earned NCAA Tournament bids twice in the past four years, although the Southern Conference Tournament title this season did not lead to an actual appearance because of the NCAA cancellation.Kelsey spent three years at Wake as director of operations and then served as an assistant for five seasons under Skip Prosser and Dino Gaudio. He left in 2009 to return to his alma mater, Xavier. As Winthrop head coach, he has compiled a 163-93 record.LeVelle Moton, North Carolina CentralHead coach at North Carolina Central since 2009, he has won three MEAC regular-season championships — including in 2019-20 — and four MEAC Tournament titles that secured automatic NCAA Tournament bids. He did not get the chance to earn another bid this season because the league tournament had yet to be contested before the pandemic-related shutdown.Moton has produced three seasons in which the Eagles won 93 percent of their league games or better. He oversaw the program’s transition from Division II to Division I and immediately established the team as a power in the MEAC.