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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by UMassfan_19 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:07 am

I would love ty weeks sr as a coach. He has coached on aau circuit and having a UMass grad may help the players connect to how important it is to rep the flagship

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by 69MG » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:26 am

UMassfan_19 wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:07 am
I would love ty weeks sr as a coach. He has coached on aau circuit and having a UMass grad may help the players connect to how important it is to rep the flagship
He was also an assistant coach at SBU and URI so he has pretty relevant experience.

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by McKinney » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:51 am

JoleonLescottsHair wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:48 am
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Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:25 am
Closest on staff to relate to players...
This idea of being able to 'relate to players' has started to be thrown around here quite a bit. What exactly does it mean?
It means understanding the challenges they face as a D1 basketball player. Maybe even challenges specific to UMass or the Atlantic 10. And understanding the methods/strategies that helped them (or others) overcome those challenges.

I'm somewhat vague because like many on staff I've never been a D1 basketball player. Sure, we could both be empathetic with players. Sure, I've faced challenges in academics, personal life, physical abilities, skills, mental health, scheduling/time management, etc. as well. And sure you start to understand issues the closer you are to a program. But on some level, it's harder to put yourself in someone's shoes and problem solve if you haven't actually been there yourself.
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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by minutefanjsf » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:33 am

UMassfan_19 wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:05 am
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Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:39 am
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Not sure what people are looking for. People complain about the team, the results, the system. Coach McCall has had some struggles, is addressing them head on, and making changes to what he's doing to try to get on track. Getting better personnel and possibly bringing in a guy who has been extremely successful in the recruiting world, extremely successful coaching at the prep level, and has lots of recruiting ties seems like a pretty smart move if you ask me. And throw in he could be bringing along some serious talent with him. Proactive changes adding proven talent. What else do you want? Coach McCall is a tireless worker and making moves to improve everything about the program. 2 yrs with what he took over with is not an adequate assessment period. Give him a legit shot with 4 yrs and then assess where we are
All those things you say are true. I'm concerned about his ability to relate to and motivate the players. He hasn't publicly acknowledged a problem with that but it may be his biggest weakness.
I think he has addressed it. In his eyes it's not a problem. He believes he has to find the right players who will relate to him rather than bending over to relate to players
Agree. I think his vision of what a player should be is what the current AD wants as student athletes as well. So, I don’t think the coach is going to change his approach. He clearly has some players on board, Pierre as a prime example. So, it’s not like he can’t relate to players, it’s players with certain profiles. Which let’s face it all coaches have personalities that might not mesh with everyone.

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by JoleonLescottsHair » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:20 pm

McKinney wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:51 am
JoleonLescottsHair wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:48 am
McKinney wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:25 am
Closest on staff to relate to players...
This idea of being able to 'relate to players' has started to be thrown around here quite a bit. What exactly does it mean?
It means understanding the challenges they face as a D1 basketball player. Maybe even challenges specific to UMass or the Atlantic 10. And understanding the methods/strategies that helped them (or others) overcome those challenges.

I'm somewhat vague because like many on staff I've never been a D1 basketball player. Sure, we could both be empathetic with players. Sure, I've faced challenges in academics, personal life, physical abilities, skills, mental health, scheduling/time management, etc. as well. And sure you start to understand issues the closer you are to a program. But on some level, it's harder to put yourself in someone's shoes and problem solve if you haven't actually been there yourself.
“Challenges” and “problems.” Sounds more like you are describing the role of a parent, social worker, or friend. A coach can certainly be empathetic, but maybe the point is to have more players with less “challenges.” The head coach’s focus should be on the court.

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by McKinney » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:29 pm

JoleonLescottsHair wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:20 pm
“Challenges” and “problems.” Sounds more like you are describing the role of a parent, social worker, or friend. A coach can certainly be empathetic, but maybe the point is to have more players with less “challenges.”
Good luck with that.
JoleonLescottsHair wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:20 pm
The head coach’s focus should be on the court.
I'm in 100% agreement with you there. Which is why I'd want a "players' coach" on staff or as an assistant, not as the head coach.
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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by Juice Stand » Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:01 pm

Yes, you need someone on the staff to play good cop to the coach's bad cop. The coach doesn't need to be a hard-ass, but he shouldn't be best pals with the players either. There needs to be a certain amount of fear and respect for the man in charge, and it's helpful, if not essential, to have an assistant coach you can go to when you need a pal.

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by JoleonLescottsHair » Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:09 pm

McKinney wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:29 pm

Good luck with that.
Why?

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by Merlin Samuels » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:32 pm

What about Al Skinner as an assistant? Former player and experienced head coach. Might be good to have a vet on staff. I remember Lavin having the old Purdue coach on his staff, Gene Keady.

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by DoctorJ » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:34 pm

I think Al is still at Kennesaw but they were awful, last I checked.
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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by TheInsider » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:34 pm

What about MM hiring who he thinks fits..

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Post by DoctorJ » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:40 pm

TheInsider wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:34 pm
What about MM hiring who he thinks fits..
No way. Hire who WE want or we will start burning bobbleheads!!!
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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by TruBluMaroon » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:58 pm

DoctorJ wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:34 pm
I think Al is still at Kennesaw but they were awful, last I checked.
Al stepped down at the end of the season.

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by Juice Stand » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:13 pm

Wikipedia says he's only 66 years old. Heck yeah, get him in here!

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Re: 2019 Recruiting

Post by UMassfan_19 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:00 pm

69MG wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:26 am
UMassfan_19 wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:07 am
I would love ty weeks sr as a coach. He has coached on aau circuit and having a UMass grad may help the players connect to how important it is to rep the flagship
He was also an assistant coach at SBU and URI so he has pretty relevant experience.
Didn't Know that. I'm all for it as is his wife who tweeted that would be great when a fan tweeted the idea

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