Archive for March, 2014

Women’s Basketball

Few things grate my teeth more than when a coach does “just enough” to save his/her job. My guess is that Women’s BB Coach Scott Groninger has now done just that.

I have never been on board with his hiring. For starters every time we have an open coaching spot we claim to be running a nationwide search, yet we always hire someone we’ve known well. I get that coaches aren’t going to move across country for Division-II money, but there are better coaches at other schools in Georgia that ought to be interested in our program.

Secondly, I’m on the opinion that people who have been successful in the past will likely be successful in the future. Groninger was 78-85 at CBU, a 0.478 win rate over six years. That’s 3 full recruiting classes going all the way through your system, a long enough run for me to know what you’re about. He’s now 45-62 at UWG, a 0.420 win rate.

See my point?

We have gotten exactly what we should have known we were getting. The team is now 10-17 (3rd losing season in 4 years) but that first round win in the GSC tourney likely means we’ll be accepting more of the same next year.

Who would I like to have? I’d start with the Peach Belt Conference. Here’s a short list of people we don’t even have to leave the state to talk to:

Buffie Burson – North Georgia
career coaching record of 383-203 – a .653 winning percentage – that has her averaging just under 20 wins per season.

Dennis Cox – Clayton State
With a record of 245-50 and a winning percentage of .833, he is the winningest head coach ever at Clayton State (all sports), and the second-winningest active head coach at the NCAA Division II level.

Jonathon Norton – Columbus State University

Norton holds a career NCAA record of 114-81 in six seasons and a total career mark of 194-130 in 11 years of head coaching experience.