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Offline Dave 'd-mac' McHugh

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6780 on: May 17, 2018, 01:36:23 pm »
Interesting conversation regarding coaches aspirations.  Some coaches just prefer D-III and are happy coaching where they are.  Obvious examples are the current longest tenured coaches in the CC in Glenn Robinson and Kevin Small---and until recently George Petrie.  Probably, all three have had opportunities to move on and have chosen not to---many times for family reasons but also because they are happy where they are.  I doubt that any of them have applied for other positions in recent years if ever.
Perhaps some of the recent hires feel the same way----and again, maybe not.  Guess we will just have to wait and see.

It is amazing the conversations I have with coaches around this topic. I can figure out those who absolutely are happy in the division and don't have higher aspirations. I know the ones who say that, but are not being serious or honest with me. And I appreciate those who duck the question because they don't want to be disrespectful with their answer - which I do understand.

The funny thing: I had a conversation with a coach once who loves DIII. They have been terrific for DIII. I'm a big fan. We talked several times about why they wouldn't want to leave for a higher division. The pros, the cons, the likes, the dislikes of each higher division and whatnot. I was pretty convinced no matter what rumor I may hear in the future ... they wouldn't be leaving the division. They left for a higher division. When we chatted (we stay in touch)... the one caveat mentioned, but dismissed even by the coach, was financial. They couldn't turn down the financial impact it would have with their family. They happened to be head hunted for the position they took. I can't blame them, but it still stunk to lose a diehard DIII-er to a higher division.

There are lots of motives in coaching and I am convinced that there are very few coaches who take a position that either know it is the position they will call their's for the rest of their career or know they will use it as a stepping stone to another job. They may have ideas, but they never know what will happen in the future or how things play out. I know coaches who thought they would be past jobs they are currently in years ago - they can't get another one as of yet. I know coaches who swore they wouldn't be on to another place and yet find themselves two or three jobs down the road. It is a crazy business.

I think there are more coaches to turnover in the Centennial in the next year or so... and I think about half are long term guys and others are stopping point guys. It all depends on the circumstances where they are and what is on their road ahead of them.

And I could be wrong about all of that. :)
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6781 on: May 17, 2018, 07:55:55 pm »
Well put Dave. There are other circumstances that you definitely know of that are also impactful in decisions to stay and leave: enrollment quotas, budget cuts and financial aid packages- just a few. The younger the coach, I believe, the less roots get planted. I imagine it hard to uproot a family, find new schools (for kids), daycares, a job for a spouse, selling and buying a home..... making sure benefits are not a step backwards including tuition exchange which is dependent upon years of service.... all things many young coaches donít have to think about- I imagine the younger the coach, the less roots planted, the more likely the passion to advance is present. A coach in their mid 30ís with a family has to think of the aforementioned and a coach with children nearing college thinks of those things and the potential of losing free tuition. There are many factors as we are all aware of. Why did Marcus Kahn leave Cabrini- money? Or because that is where his wife is from (Mary Wash area). Why was Dickinson attractive for Serretti- way better job than Altoona? Yes but his wife is from local to Carlisle, about 30-40 miles. Family brings D3 coaches to jobs and keeps  them there. Itís a family friendly environment. Young coaches donít have nor need to look for those attachments- nothing wrong with that. I personally donít see guys like Serretti, Loeffler, maybe Curly leaving. They have young families and have or are planting roots. But you never know. Enjoyable discussion.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6782 on: May 18, 2018, 02:17:29 pm »
I'm going to go out on a limb and say of the three you mentioned, CCHoopster, at least two will be gone in the next five years (or less). Not going to start naming who and why here - happy to discuss things in private with those I trust won't be spreading rumors - but, those three are an interesting group to choose. :)
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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #6783 on: May 19, 2018, 09:15:06 am »
interesting. Canít imagine it being easy to recruit in the Centennial.