Former coaches, players speak out

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

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.