The search for the new Head Coach at York is close to completion with the final two candidates going through their second set of interviews earlier this week. Expect an offer to go out to the successful candidate within the next two weeks after numerous applicants were paired down to four with interviews in front of a three-person committee completed in May that led to the final two: both with extensive post-secondary Head and Assistant coaching experience. Whoever is chosen will likely have a solid stable of returning veterans and transfers as 6’4″ Gianmarco Luciani, who played his first two seasons at Acadia after graduating from nearby King City Villanova College, looks to bounce back from a severe knee injury suffered early last season and a pair of former Lions plan to return to the lineup including 6’3″ Gene Spagnuolo and 6’2″ Hamilton native Phil Gillen. Among the other veterans expected to return from the group that finished last season out of the playoffs are 6’5″ budding conference all-star Jayden Frederick, solid 6’2″ sophomore point guard Matthew Carating and 6’1″ Julio Vasquez. York is also likely to add 6’8″ Nipissing transfer Michael Angenent, who played his first two seasons for former Lions Assistant Chris Cheng in North Bay before sitting out last season. Angenent, a native of Schomberg, ON who averaged 3.4 ppg/2.3 rpg in about 12 mpg in his sophomore season (2015-16), is a high school teammate of both Luciani and Spagnuolo at Villanova College in King City. Although the new coach will have little time to recruit in time for next season, the cupboard has some very interesting pieces to prepare for battle in the 2017-18 remake of the OUA East which is for all intents and purposes is the top conference in the nation.