There are many guys/gals out there who have a father that is a coach. There are many sons out there who get into the same business as their dad. I wasn’t so lucky to have that luxury. Here is a solid piece from the New York Times on a couple of guys who had dads that were pretty good coaches.
As a coach, we all understand how stressful things can be in the profession. Rehardless of the level you coach on things can get hectic – especially if you are losing games. Bill Bayno, men’s head basketball coach at Loyola Marymount is taking a medical leave of absence. The Daily Breeze has the story.
“Recently, I was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, in part, related to the stress and anxiety of head coaching,” he said. “It will require treatment which will force me to take a leave of absence.”
I have known Billy for a long time. We played together on travel teams and I have watched him go from a top assistant to a head coach. Sure he had his problems at UNLV, but Billy is one of the best guys you will ever meet. I’m pulling for Billy to get through this, he’s a great guy and the college games deserves him.
We all know that coaching is a tough profession and very difficult to get into.
My hard working assistant Brian W. passed this article to me via ESPN written by Dan O’Neil. This is a great read about how some guys are getting into the college basketball coaching profession.
“Instead of having a really good skill instructor on your staff, you’re better off with a lawyer who can parse the rulebook,” Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli said. “You need someone who can say, ‘I got it. Eureka! I got the loophole.’”
It’s not so much of getting a skill development coach on your staff – even though the NCAA should allow one guy to work the players out, that’s it. No recruiting for them. Just on court work. Here’s more.
“An awful lot of people have benefited or risen in the coaching ranks with huge raises as a result of being clever,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “And then there are the other guys, the ones sitting out there saying, ‘I’ve followed all these rules and done it with the actual intent of the rule and I’m making a buck ninety-five.’ Where’s the incentive to do right?”
I’m currently at the Junior College ranks in Michigan, I try and do things the right way. We have all heard the stories of guys who cheat, I would never, ever go down that path. I don’t know how people look themselves in the mirror. I will say this, there are a lot of shady guys out there – guys who you thought you could trust, but in the end, they turn their back on you or cheat their way to success. It’s a shame but there are a lot of guys out there fooling a lot of people.
P.J. Carlesimo was fired as head basketball coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder were off to a 1-12 start. NewsOK.com has the story.
“This was a very difficult decision to make,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti in a statement released by the team. “It is one that I felt was necessary at this time. I am very appreciative of the hard work and effort that P.J. gave to this team and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Jody May, one of the better guys in the college coaching business has taken over as head men’s basketball coach for Mike Turner at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. I have known Jody for a few years and he was one of the hardest working assistants out there; he spent 12 years at Albion. Not to mention he is a very nice guy. Before I even got to know him he was always good for a cordial glance or a hello when I would see him out on the road or at an event. The Cit-Pat has the story of his first game as head coach.
The New York Times says New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni gave Stephon Marbury a chance to play 30-35 minutes last night but Steph refused to play. More drama huh?