LOCK HAVEN - And then, there were three.
After sifting through a resume stack that totaled more than 70, the search committee in charge of naming a new head football coach at Lock Haven University has narrowed it down to three potential candidates.
Those three people are former LHU assistant coach John Allen, Christopher Newport head coach Matt Kelchner and former Northwestern University standout and ex-Chicago Bear Brett Basanez.
The university is expected to name a new head coach as soon as next week, and interviews are expected to begin today and last through Monday.
The person selected will replace former head coach John Klacik, who left Lock Haven in Janaury to take an offensive coordinator spot at Division I Miami of Ohio. Klacik had a record of 5-60 in his six years at the helm of Bald Eagle football.
Each candidate brings a new look to the Lock Haven football program.
Allen, a six-year assistant coach at Lock Haven in the late 90s, was a three-year starter at James Madison University during his collegiate days and has a wealth of collegiate and professional experience. After serving as an assistant at Bucknell University, Allen spent several seasons in NFL Europe.
He started out as a wide receiver coach for the Berlin Thunder before spending three years as an offensive coordinator for the Amsterdam Admirals. He was also head coach of the Thunder in 2007.
Currently, Allen is the Coordinator of Player Personnel and Development at Penn State.
Followers of Big 10 football are familiar with Basanez.
A standout at Northwestern University, Basanez holds school records in categories such as total offense with more than 11,000 yards, completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and wins with 22. He was also Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2005.
He was signed by the Carolina Panthers in 2006 as an undrafted free agent and spent three years in North Carolina before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2009 for one season.
If there is one candidate that knows about building a program, it's Kelchner.
The head coach at Division III Christopher Newport since 2001, Kelchner is a five-time USA South Coach of the Year, according to the team's Web site, and has taken the Captains to the NCAA playoffs seven times in the last 10 years.
He had campaigns of 9-3 in 2004, 8-3 in 2006, 8-2 in 2008 and was recently 6-5 in 2010. He is 68-37 in his 10 years.
He also served as an assistant coach at Mansfield, Dickinson College and William and Mary.
According to the team's Web site, Kelchner is a graduate of Susquehanna and was a product of Harrisburg.
The Lock Haven football program is currently on a 32-game losing streak after going winless in the last three seasons. The last victory by the school was an overtime victory at Clarion University in November 2007. The losing streak is currently the longest in any division of college football.
It's been 29 seasons since Lock Haven has had a winning record. It was in 1981 when the team went 6-4 under the direction of then head coach Jack Fisher.
Lock Haven was 4-5 in 1982, but was later awarded a victory when California (Pa.) had to forfeit its win over LHU, boosting the mark to 5-5.