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SLOZag
03-29-2013, 11:23 AM
Anyone have insight regarding who (as opposed to what skills) will be targeted?

Anyone have insight regarding NCAA recruiting windows that might act as a trigger date regarding when we should have a replacement onboard so as to maximize our footprint on the recruiting trail?

CDC84
03-29-2013, 11:55 AM
All is quiet on the western front right now. Meehan from S-R tried to call Few yesterday, but he didn't answer.

What Gonzaga needs is not only a defensive specialist, but an elite recruiter with ties to the midwest, south and east. Our entire staff is filled with guys who specialize in west coast and international recruiting. The program's brand name is bigger than this. They need to branch out into other areas and find someone who can sell the program to kids who might not otherwise come to Gonzaga.

As much as I like Brian and other guys from within the family, RayG is too big of a loss at this time. I also think that GU's brand name is really good right now. Few might be able to grab some guy from another team's staff.

Hoopaholic
03-29-2013, 12:28 PM
probably fishing and didnt bother to take his phone with him...dont blame him

shall be interesting........

cjm720
03-29-2013, 12:29 PM
How about Findlay Prep's coach? Bright, young coaching mind...and connections to the top talent in the land.

Okay, just pulled that idea out of my ass...

thespywhozaggedme
03-29-2013, 12:30 PM
Mike Hart seems like a no brainer to follow in the steps of Chris Collins and Wojo as a graduate assistant coach

Oregonzagnut
03-29-2013, 12:50 PM
Mike Hart seems like a no brainer to follow in the steps of Chris Collins and Wojo as a graduate assistant coach

I think Hart will be a pro somewhere in the world.

Upward
03-29-2013, 01:07 PM
What about Dickau as a replacement? I know he hung around the team a bit this year, and worked in the NBA with the trail blazers

CDC84
03-29-2013, 01:25 PM
Wouldn't surprise me if Brian is the replacement, however.

BobZag
03-29-2013, 01:28 PM
Wouldn't surprise me if Brian is the replacement, however.

Me neither.

john montana
03-29-2013, 01:35 PM
I hope they bring someone in...I would like to see a shakeup in our defensive philosophy.

But I totally don't blame few for going fishing.

B LAKE ZAG
03-29-2013, 03:38 PM
Who is Brian

bartruff1
03-29-2013, 03:42 PM
Me neither.

I would...they need to get a experienced and successful coach.

CDC84
03-29-2013, 04:46 PM
Brian Michaelson

GorgeZag
03-29-2013, 06:46 PM
Hopefully they go outside of the "family."

Demetri Awesome
03-29-2013, 07:33 PM
not a fan of the idea of Brian Michaelson, we need a proven recruiter

VinnyZag
03-29-2013, 07:49 PM
Brian Michaelson

Why Michaelson over Hernandez? Has he been a GA longer?

Zag 77
03-29-2013, 10:03 PM
One source who has some familiarity with some of the former players says that Michaelsen has been groomed to take Jerry Krause's post as director of Basketball operations (scheduling, administration) and indeed is listed as assistant director.

Another comment is that Ray was more of an "x's and o's" kind of coach (and good at it) and not so much of a recruiter. Hence, Few may want another "x's and o's" kind of guy. Which does not necessarily exclude Michaelsen. Hernandez is more involved in keeping an eye on everybody and keeping them out of trouble (and giving advice).

NanookZag
03-30-2013, 10:56 AM
We need a shake up in the coaching ranks. Can't keep doing the same thing over and over. Look at what Sean Miller has done in the short time at Arizona. And with Alford going to UCLA the West is even tougher now.

We need a coach with ties to the East and/or South, which I agree with 100%. Preferably it would be a minority. Spend the money, get a big time recruiter.

229SintoZag
03-30-2013, 11:34 AM
We need a shake up in the coaching ranks. Can't keep doing the same thing over and over. Look at what Sean Miller has done in the short time at Arizona. And with Alford going to UCLA the West is even tougher now.

We need a coach with ties to the East and/or South, which I agree with 100%. Preferably it would be a minority. Spend the money, get a big time recruiter.

Nonsense. We are not a program that can recruit nationally. We don't even dominate the west coast as it is-- not by a long shot. There are plenty of players to focus on in the west. I see a risk of spreading ourselves too thin.

If we had the west locked down I may feel differently. If we branch out anywhere it should be the Midwest where we are more likely to find kids who will fit in our system like Pargo and Dower have.

Reborn
03-30-2013, 12:07 PM
I would be shocked if Michaelson was hired. But it wouldn't be the first shock I had this Spring. It would certainly give Few more control over everything. I just don't see what Michaelson brings to the table in terms of coaching experience, or even playing experience, but in all honesty I don't know him. I would take Mike Hart over him. I really love Mike Hart. And in terms of recruiting I think Mike would look for guys who have the kind of passion he has for the game. Mike really made a name for himself this year, and is so respected in the game of basketball.

However, I think Gonzaga can do better. I think that they can bring someone into the family who is a top notch defensive minded coach. And even more than an x and o guy, I think they need a motivator, and a man who can bring out more passion in the players. In the near future I would look for guys with toughness, size and good outside shooters.

zag buddy
03-30-2013, 01:17 PM
What I would like to see is a coach that knows when to go kamakaze and when to just keep "sawing wood". There are times when the game is on the line you have to just take your chances, give it everything you have and go turbo, win or lose.

sullyzag66
03-30-2013, 03:50 PM
What I would like to see is a coach that knows when to go kamakaze and when to just keep "sawing wood". There are times when the game is on the line you have to just take your chances, give it everything you have and go turbo, win or lose.
That probably was never Ray's call.

scott257
03-30-2013, 04:55 PM
Russ Pennell might be worth considering. He has a variety of experience, he didn't do badly at Arizona when he finished off the season following Lute Olsen's retirement and he had a pretty good record as a head coach at Grand Canyon in division II. I heard he was asked to resign because the owner of the Suns (who is a big booster) wanted Dan Majerle in his spot.

Rangerzag
03-30-2013, 05:58 PM
This is THE ideal opportunity to bring in a coach who imparts the ability to employ a complete three point prevention lock-down defense.

Coach has the right to not choose to use the option in an either/or situation, but if the ability is obtainable why leave the Zags vulnerable?

doug2
04-01-2013, 07:48 AM
Hire someone who can teach the zone Syracuse uses. They seem to have good results stopping the 3-point shot.

DixieZag
04-01-2013, 01:45 PM
I think that this is obviously the opportunity to bring in some new perspective and experience. Additionally, this is not the slot to bring up a first year Asst - I think Coach G's spot is second only to Tommy's and it should be reserved for a very experienced and sought after (probably a former head coach) from outside "the family."

The sorta consensus after the season was that the Zags were having trouble getting over a peak and doing the same things each season blah blah blah

Don't know how much of that is true, but it DOES seem like the time to try to shake up things a little. As noted, a defensive guru would be ideal. I would not scoff at getting someone with proven recruiting prowess in ANY specific geographic area outside the west - - our brand is such that if we got someone with tons of contacts in the south or east coast - we might be well served getting someone from another area.

One last note, the sucess Ray had, both in terms of winning, salary and multiple opportunities to get back into the head coaching ranks should make this a very attractive job to a good experienced head coach that just lost a job like Ray had. . . . hope they get what they need.

cjm720
04-01-2013, 02:21 PM
Coach G's the #2, right?

229SintoZag
04-01-2013, 03:34 PM
Hire someone who can teach the zone Syracuse uses. They seem to have good results stopping the 3-point shot.

This only works if you recruit the players Syracuse recruits. We don't and I doubt we ever will.