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Region 5 women's basketball / Re: WBB: Landmark Conference
« Last post by saratoga on Today at 10:09:13 am »

To be clear...all I'm saying is I could see both Gabby & Taylor applying for the position.
I am in no way inferring either of them will be the final choice.
However, I will go out on a limb & say there is no way Emily Garner leaves Trinity.
She has put together a really nice team over the past few seasons, has two quality D-1 transfers playing & the NESCAC ROY from a few years back, plus she coaches at a great school in a top tier conference.
Whoever they get better sell the committee on their recruiting ability since DiPillo did very little in the way of bringing in impact players over his 3 years.
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Region 5 women's basketball / Re: WBB: Landmark Conference
« Last post by ronk on Today at 01:47:23 am »
 If it's a current D3 HC, I'll guess Kelly Lewandowski Baskow from Salisbury; don't think she'll ever outrecruit Bill Broderick(CNU) in their conference @ Salisbury and Scranton would be closer to "home" than Salisbury.
  If it's a current D1 assistant, I'll need a little more time to come up with a possibility.
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Michael Zweifel named co-defensive coordinator and d-backs coach at UWL.

I always found it interesting when players, who go onto coaching, sometimes over see positions they didn’t play. Now if he was the WR coach, then that would make perfect sense.

I suspect it is that they can better identify with the struggles of those in other positions.

In baseball, all-star players rarely make good managers.  It is the marginal players who star as managers.  All-star players just can't seem to identify with players who can't do what they found so easy to do.

Alan Trammell (Six All Star games, Four Silver Sluggers, and Three Gold Gloves) comes to mind.  From turning double plays with "Sweet" Lou Whitaker to becoming a manager with a lifetime record of 187-302. 
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Region 5 women's basketball / Re: WBB: Landmark Conference
« Last post by Augie2020 on Yesterday at 11:22:28 pm »
I'm going to throw one other name out there Emily Garner she is from VA played at Lafayette.Head Coach at Trinity?So I have Veronica Nolt Etown,Careido Haverford or Garner Trinity all Head Coaches.Not bad Selection.Ronk have not heard from you besides Ryan but he is coach at PS -Abington?Nepafan have a guess?Toga said Gabby HC Susquehanna or former assistant Taylor Coleman Bucknell.Just trying yo get names circulated
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President Whitman at Hamilton goes to every home game. Big supporter of their program. HCOF Murray is also very involved with other aspects of the school, so it goes both ways.
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Men's soccer / Re: Liberty League
« Last post by deutschfan on Yesterday at 08:05:46 pm »
Didn't know y'all would be starting so early.  Glad to see the preseason banter.  It will be interesting to see Union's schedule and whether the new regime changes the approach of its predecessor.  I never understood Coach Guinn's scheduling strategy.  While pre-league patsies might make for early wins and accolades, Union was woefully unprepared for league competition.  Guinn had an excellent sideline presence and generated team excitement on the field.  Unfortunately the league results were abysmal, especially in the past few years.  I was surprised by Vassar's hire of Coach Hood.  I thought they would replace Coach Jennings with someone with college level head coaching experience.  Vassar's results over the past decade have placed them in the top echelon of Liberty League teams, and given the academic prestige of the school, its head coach position is a plum job.  I also assumed that if Vassar promoted an assistant coach it would be one that was home grown as opposed to coming from one of their top rivals.  It will be interesting to see how it turns out, especially against SLU.  When Coach Taylor left Vassar for Clarkson in 2014 he won his first game against his mentor. 
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Region 5 men's basketball / Re: MBB: Landmark Conference
« Last post by Augie2020 on Yesterday at 07:04:05 pm »
Definitely congratulations to Coach Ryan!Wish you the best at PS-Abington!
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Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
« Last post by SimpleCoach on Yesterday at 12:09:16 pm »
A great conversation with another solid OAC coach.  This time with Chris Matejka of Ohio Northern University.

Ohio Northern, Head Men's Coach, Chris Matejka

I appreciated the subtle humor of this exchange (rising to the level of a political campaign press conference), where you try to tactfully ask:  "How the hell do you get recruits to come play for you in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere?" and Coach Matejka answers with "We, in fact, view playing in a cornfield in a middle of nowhere as our secret weapon!"

Seriously, though, I think the secret sauce to recruiting is actually RECRUITING and WINNING. If you recruit well and win, others will come regardless of your location.  So many coaches simply don't get recruiting.  They don't return e-mails/calls, they don't get out to games that much, they make mistakes in recruiting by going after players too high or too low for their level (often the latter simply going after the low hanging fruit and casting their net too narrowly), they are reactive rather than proactive, they are inflexible, they don't understand sales or what there is about their school that they can sell etc. With video, zoom, phone calls, connections, you can do a ton more these days even without a big budget. Plus, coaching is different than recruiting and not everyone is good at both. It's like the minister who is good on Sundays, but not as good one on one in pastoral care, or vice versa. Once you recruit well and start to get some success, you can build a pipeline and set up the structure for sustained success, which involves not just recruiting, but transmittable culture, but many coaches foul that up, which is how you see the one class wonder schools.  And, of course, some coaches (much like sales people) are great at recruiting/sales, but lousy at coaching and they have trouble retaining players.

On Ohio Northern specifically, I think the last thing the coach said about the distance to some of the major cities in Ohio is probably the key. Recruits and their parents are much less concerned about the specific activities around the school (or, more precisely, there are plenty of players who self-select for college towns etc rather than cities) and more concerned about proximity to where they are from.  Once you've established that distance and your school's likely reach, it makes it easier to recruit.

In some ways, it may be harder for a school like Case Western, for instance, which has a great location, academic reputation, conference with travel opportunities and national appeal, but that means if a coach isn't really focused, the school can end up striking out on a lot of players who just have tons of options nationally.

@Kuiper, first off thanks for watching.  Do appreciate that whatever I am doing, there are those who find it interesting.  Second, it was clearly in jest.  I think a place like ONU has a lot of advantages, and not surprised at all that they excel at athletics in general, and soccer specifically.  Third, I think every school has its issues and strengths.  But the mob is fickle, brother, and you never know how kids of a recruiting class going to decide.

Thanks again and appreciate the comments.

SC.
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Men's soccer / Re: SimpleCoach D3 Soccer YouTube Channel
« Last post by Kuiper on Yesterday at 11:54:59 am »
A great conversation with another solid OAC coach.  This time with Chris Matejka of Ohio Northern University.

Ohio Northern, Head Men's Coach, Chris Matejka

I appreciated the subtle humor of this exchange (rising to the level of a political campaign press conference), where you try to tactfully ask:  "How the hell do you get recruits to come play for you in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere?" and Coach Matejka answers with "We, in fact, view playing in a cornfield in a middle of nowhere as our secret weapon!"

Seriously, though, I think the secret sauce to recruiting is actually RECRUITING and WINNING. If you recruit well and win, others will come regardless of your location.  So many coaches simply don't get recruiting.  They don't return e-mails/calls, they don't get out to games that much, they make mistakes in recruiting by going after players too high or too low for their level (often the latter simply going after the low hanging fruit and casting their net too narrowly), they are reactive rather than proactive, they are inflexible, they don't understand sales or what there is about their school that they can sell etc. With video, zoom, phone calls, connections, you can do a ton more these days even without a big budget. Plus, coaching is different than recruiting and not everyone is good at both. It's like the minister who is good on Sundays, but not as good one on one in pastoral care, or vice versa. Once you recruit well and start to get some success, you can build a pipeline and set up the structure for sustained success, which involves not just recruiting, but transmittable culture, but many coaches foul that up, which is how you see the one class wonder schools.  And, of course, some coaches (much like sales people) are great at recruiting/sales, but lousy at coaching and they have trouble retaining players.

On Ohio Northern specifically, I think the last thing the coach said about the distance to some of the major cities in Ohio is probably the key. Recruits and their parents are much less concerned about the specific activities around the school (or, more precisely, there are plenty of players who self-select for college towns etc rather than cities) and more concerned about proximity to where they are from.  Once you've established that distance and your school's likely reach, it makes it easier to recruit.

In some ways, it may be harder for a school like Case Western, for instance, which has a great location, academic reputation, conference with travel opportunities and national appeal, but that means if a coach isn't really focused, the school can end up striking out on a lot of players who just have tons of options nationally.
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Region 5 men's basketball / Re: MBB: Landmark Conference
« Last post by NEPAFAN on Yesterday at 10:56:30 am »
Congrats to Ryan, sad to see him to go. Danzig should be able to attract another young coach, he’s been able to get two who have moved on to assistant at D1 or head coaching gigs.
Unrelated, annual athletics golf tournament is this week, here is a link to the silent auction:
https://e.givesmart.com/events/rLb/i/_All/ieEX/
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