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Re: Coaching Carousel
« Reply #30 on: January 24, 2019, 09:53:18 am »
Question is now can the next UC Head Coach continue to move the program forward. The pieces and support look to be in place but it only takes a few fumbles by the incoming staff to muck the whole thing up.

This must be a real kick in the head to Chicago athletics staff and boosters. The U of C does so well in so many team sports, reaching the Final Four in six of them a collective total of 17 times, but it has never managed to win a national title in anything. On the other hand, the U of C's archrival Wash U has hoisted Walnut & Bronze 23 times in eight different sports, which ranks Wash U in D3's top ten schools in terms of national championships won. Men's soccer, along with women's soccer and women's tennis, represented one of the three good chances that the Maroons had to finally break through and win it all for the first time. But losing Mike Babst is going to be a severe blow to the U of C's chances in this particular sport.

Also on the list is men's tennis which reached NCAA semifinals three times in four years with a golden recruiting class leading the way. The program routinely tops the D3 recruiting rankings most year and breaks into the top 35 of recruiting at all levels of NCAA. They are/were on short list of teams (3-5) that could actually win the title year in and year out.
The Babst departure is not totally surprising, he has some Carolina ties and plenty of past D1 experience. He turned an average  program into something special and D1 was going to notice.
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« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2019, 03:12:47 pm »
The U of C does so well in so many team sports, reaching the Final Four in six of them a collective total of 17 times, but it has never managed to win a national title in anything.

Chicago did win the national football championship in 1905, in pre-NCAA days.  So it's only a 114-year drought.
And, they have the distinction of being the only school whose football stadium was used as the site of the first sustained nuclear chain reaction.  ;D

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« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2019, 03:45:26 pm »
That was the old Stagg Field, though, not the current one. The old one was razed in 1957. Regenstein Library, appropriately enough, now stands on the site where humanity first split the atom.
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« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2019, 11:14:13 pm »
That was the old Stagg Field, though, not the current one. The old one was razed in 1957. Regenstein Library, appropriately enough, now stands on the site where humanity first split the atom.
Yes, I knew that; I've been to the actual site just outside Regebstein, not to mention many times inside Regenstein to use various resources.

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« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2019, 07:57:32 am »
Conn College job is now open. Chicago is still open too. Is Murphy going there or is there something else going on? NESCAC jobs don't open very often so it will be interesting to see who the shortlist is.

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« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2019, 11:26:30 am »
Conn College job is now open. Chicago is still open too. Is Murphy going there or is there something else going on? NESCAC jobs don't open very often so it will be interesting to see who the shortlist is.

Wait. What?

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Re: Coaching Carousel
« Reply #37 on: February 19, 2019, 01:07:03 pm »
What are your thoughts on where you'd rather coach?  Chicago has obviously been more successful recently but to your point NESCAC jobs seem pretty stable.

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« Reply #38 on: February 19, 2019, 04:06:32 pm »
Depends. Are you a New England guy or not? New Englanders often tend to be the type of people that don't move out of the area. Connected to that, is the NESCAC your gold standard for academic institutions, especially from an athletics point of view? And do you prefer life in a large town or a small city (however you choose to define New London) to that of a vast metropolis?

If your answers are positive, then Conn College is your place.

Are you attracted to living and working in a world-class city? Does being on the campus of one of the world's premier universities, as opposed to an outstanding small liberal arts college, appeal to you? Can you deal with coaching in a place where most people don't seem to be aware that there even is a men's soccer program on campus, no matter how much success it has? Are the plane travel and hotel overnights involved with coaching a UAA program a feature or a bug for you?

If your answers are positive, then the U of C is your place.
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« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2019, 02:29:27 pm »
FDU Florham hired the head coach from Centenary (N.J.)

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« Reply #40 on: February 20, 2019, 03:31:26 pm »
FDU Florham hired the head coach from Centenary (N.J.)

That's a good hire.  FDU has been an also-ran for many years and O'Connor did a nice job at Centenary which is a tough school to recruit to.  Interesting that he's only coaching though as he was also the Centenary AD. 

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« Reply #41 on: March 08, 2019, 12:46:04 am »
Didn't see this until now, but Matt Smith (the highly successful coach at Johns Hopkins from the mid-90's to mid-00's) was "relieved of his duties as head men's soccer coach" at Shenandoah after just two years.  That comes after he resigned as head coach at Alfred after three just years.  After what he accomplished at Hopkins, it's kind of peculiar the places he's coached since he decided to get back into D-III college soccer.

https://www.suhornets.com/sports/msoc/2018-19/releases/20181025k7krxc

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« Reply #42 on: March 21, 2019, 07:06:07 pm »
https://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/msoc/2018-19/releases/20190319kylq6l

Chicago has hired former assistant (2014-2016) Pat Flinn who spent the past two years as an assistant at Division I Loyola University Chicago.