Agreed. Graduate assistant, fine. Assistant coach, no.
Maybe, but with two vacancies, they need an experienced person for the other one.Was Geno wrong to hire Jamelle Elliott? Duke's obviously a bit time program, but UConn had already won a national championship and been to three Final Fours at that point with a much bigger following.
I have no idea how successful Cheek will be as an assistant coach, but I don't think experience matters that much if the right person for the job is chosen. What duties assistant coaches have varies widely from program to program. The one thing I do know about Cheek is that her resume as a student was impressive enough for her to intern at the White House. That sounds like the type of person that would make a good role model for Duke basketball players, which will probably be her biggest assignment both with the Duke team and during recruiting.
Thanks. I had missed that. That's more balance, but it sounds like a net loss of experience between the 2 positions. Hopefully, they will bring energy and relate to the players perhaps better than more experienced coaches.There was only one vacancy. Candace Jackson was hired to replace S. Williams a few months ago. She has about 6-7 years of experience.
I see them on the bench. Do they get "Assistant Coach" titles the year after graduation?On the men's side, Coach K has had very good results hiring former players with no coaching experience as assistants. Wojo, Nate James, Quin Snyder, David Henderson and Tommy Amaker all fall into that category. Chris Collins had only a couple of years of experience. Mike Brey , who was not a Duke graduate, only had experience as a HS assistant before becoming an assistant at Duke. It appears that having played for the coach and having an understanding the academic expectations of the school make former players good recruiters.
Edited to add that I forgot Johnny Dawkins.