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Re: Blake James

PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:13 am
by xcoach30
TLukas wrote:
xcoach30 wrote:
All those responses aside XC30, I do agree with the general philosophy of your posting, even if not all of the "details".


I agree with you too...I guess my points were not thorough enough...
I want a coach who hates to lose, who is going to demand excellence, and BE excellent for this program. You can't demand excellence on the field, but be less than excellent in your dealings with your players. Obviously, my choice would be to have the hiring done ASAP, but my point was that if it takes that long (October) to find someone who is going to do the right things for this program, I would support it. I hate the idea of sacrificing a season to accomplish that goal, but I'm looking forward to long-term success as well as a drastic one-year turn-around. They rushed into the hiring of Sullivan, who was not a good choice from the beginning. I don't want to see that happen again. And you're right. Recruiting at Maine is a challenge, it is love it or hate it, and I would bet that for many UMaine athletes, the coaching staff had less to do with the decision than did the winters, the isolation, etc, especially for an outdoor spring sport. But recruiting is all about the sell--you do have to talk kids into coming, you have to give them reasons to believe it's the right fit, because chances are, they're getting offers from other places. If you don't give them reasons to come, aside from softball, you're going to be beaten out by other schools.

Re: Blake James

PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:54 pm
by seagaser
It is time to face it. Blake James was a bad hire. He is not the only reason for the lack of success of Maine teams but he certainly has not displayed the skill to help stem the tide.

Re: Blake James

PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:21 pm
by mainejeff
seagaser wrote:It is time to face it. Blake James was a bad hire. He is not the only reason for the lack of success of Maine teams but he certainly has not displayed the skill to help stem the tide.


Amen to that.

If you want to see how an athletic program should be run on a shoestring budget......look no further than UVM. They have risen as Maine has fallen.......and their AD was a finalist when Nero was hired...... :evil: