Former coaches, players speak out

Here’s the story that ran in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com on what some former Wyoming men’s basketball players and coaches think what it will take for the next coach to be successful.

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/02/27/sports/20sports_02-27-11.txt

Many felt Wyoming needs to look back at its past and look how guys like Jim Brandenburg (176-97 in nine seasons from 1979-87) did it.

Here were Brandenburg’s four keys to having a successful program at Wyoming, or anywhere:

1. Play hard

2. Play good defense, and the best statistic to tell if you are is field-goal percentage defense

3. Shot discipline on offense, which means take good shots and make them

4. Have at least a +10 rebounding margin.

“The rest of it is trivial,” Brandenburg said.

No one I talked to gave specific names on who they thought should be UW’s next coach, although some gave some hints. You should be able to tell with some of their quotes.

One common theme from those I talked to was the next coach, whether he has ties to UW, the program and/or the state, should know about the history of Wyoming basketball.

“I think it’s important for a couple of reasons: one, to teach the importance of the tradition and pride in the program,” Cheyenne East graduate and former UW player Marc Bailey said. “Two, if they can get that some day in a head coach, you might get someone who will stay for the long term if they’re successful.”

Would love to hear your thoughts on this and the article.

On a side note, I thought the UW men’s played hard once again at UNLV despite the loss, and the Cowgirls kept on rolling.

And did any of you catch the BYU-San Diego State men’s game?

Wow, did BYU look good! Hate to say it but the Cougs look to be a more well-rounded team right now and can hurt teams in a lot of different ways offensively.

7 thoughts on “Former coaches, players speak out

  1. I never saw in your article that Mike Jackson said whether he was interested in the job or not.
    If there is anyone who is the model of someone who plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played, it would be him. I can see young kids feeding off his personality and tenacity.
    If a few other players on Wyomings team would have played with his energy and conviction, Patrick Ewing and the boys would have left Logan, Utah with their tails between their legs.
    It was a total joy watching him play that game with absolutely no intimidation whatsoever.

    Maybe Jeremy Cox or Mike Jackson as head coach and Mark Bailey and/or Charles Bradley as assistants.

    Just sayin

    • I didnt’ ask Mike if he was interested in the job, but from talking to him he didn’t sound like he was. However, he still has a great deal of passion for the program.

      Thanks for the comment and interest. I appreciate it.

      RG

  2. Gigs read the write-up on line in the sunday paper on the coaching topic. One of the best you put together.Ithought the kids played very hard all game last night. If fred would of had these kids start of confernce season they would be a tough out in the tounament,Dez played pretty good all around game last night.Iknow i’m allwise bitching about Dez, because he could be very good if he wanted to be.I like the kid a lot.

    • Thanks for the kind words Jim.

      I like Dez, too. He’s a pretty talented kid and M’Baye really has come on since Langley took over. Those two are pretty good guys to build around in my opinion.

      Will be interesting to see how UW plays against San Diego State and BYU this week.

      Take care and hope it stops snowing over there.

      RG

  3. Why is everyone talking about Wyoming ties like that’s going to help recruiting? It’s not. Making the fans comfortable means finding some retread who won’t be competitive in the current basketball landscape. We need a proven recruiter and then get the bench filled with X’s and O’s guys who can supplement what he can bring to the table. We’re going in this loop of looking at retreads or guys who played here but never coached and it just doesn’t work.

    Also, a young guy from the SEC is a bad idea. UW isn’t Florida and he’d never be able to recruit as well here. He might delight the fans, but Coach Glenn was the biggest class act there was and at the end of the day, his personality wasn’t enough to save his job.

    Wyoming needs a coach who can attract players here and none of the names people are spewing seem to work. I hope they make a smart choice for once, but I’m expecting more of the same. Sigh.

    • I agree Kerry, no time for bringing in a player coach for nostalgic reasons. This is a recipe for disaster. If the University and its fans want to go to a game and watch a past Cowboy givergo at coaching so be it. Its time to pay a proven coach and win.

  4. Why is everyone talking about Wyoming ties like that’s going to help recruiting? It’s not. Making the fans comfortable means finding some retread who won’t be competitive in the current basketball landscape. We need a proven recruiter and then get the bench filled with X’s and O’s guys who can supplement what he can bring to the table. We’re going in this loop of looking at retreads or guys who played here but never coached and it just doesn’t work.

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