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Postby turkeyman » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:41 pm

Courtney Anderson coming back to Maine as an assistant coach. (Guess she's been forgiven for a year of working at UNH. But then, that was a family tie.) I had seen on another website yesterday that Courtney had left Presbyterian and thought she might be coming home, but didn't have time to post.

Also Sam Baranowski has left and is being replaced by Garrett Sherman, a successful junior college coach and assistant. Good creds, it seems.

Note that duke11 predicted in April that Edneisha Curry and Baranowski would leave and that one new assistant would come in with Maine ties. Duke11 also said Curry would leave to go back to her personal/skills training work, which she may be doing as the "business opportunity" that the BDN cited today, and that Baranowski would go back to Europe to play pro, which BDN also said today was her plan.

One question comes to mind quickly. Who will be coaching the bigs? Maine's posts have a lot of really young blood (Barra, McDonald, Williams) plus second-year Wadling and senior Johnson. Add Millan, Sutton and Carroll, all of whom could post up from time to time -- remember Tanesha' great work in the high post against Albany last April in the CIC? -- and there could be a lot of work for a posts coach. Coaching the posts may be critical to the success of this team.

One last note. Moving Jhasmin Player into a regular coaching gig (and recruiting coordinator) is a huge plus. She and Coach Vachon seem to have a strong bond -- you don't let just anyone take care of your dog when you're on the road recruiting -- and she has tweeted a couple of times how much she loves Maine. And, she has WNBA experience, which ought to give her good creds every time she sits down in a potential recruit's living room.

Interesting and, I hope, strong moves. Four months until the games begin to count. Hope Dunbar gets some strong contributions on the schedule thread he started today about upcoming schedules.

Bob Neal
New Sharon
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Re: wbb new assistants

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:27 pm

turkeyman wrote:Courtney Anderson coming back to Maine as an assistant coach. (Guess she's been forgiven for a year of working at UNH. But then, that was a family tie.) I had seen on another website yesterday that Courtney had left Presbyterian and thought she might be coming home, but didn't have time to post.

Also Sam Baranowski has left and is being replaced by Garrett Sherman, a successful junior college coach and assistant. Good creds, it seems.

Note that duke11 predicted in April that Edneisha Curry and Baranowski would leave and that one new assistant would come in with Maine ties. Duke11 also said Curry would leave to go back to her personal/skills training work, which she may be doing as the "business opportunity" that the BDN cited today, and that Baranowski would go back to Europe to play pro, which BDN also said today was her plan.

One question comes to mind quickly. Who will be coaching the bigs? Maine's posts have a lot of really young blood (Barra, McDonald, Williams) plus second-year Wadling and senior Johnson. Add Millan, Sutton and Carroll, all of whom could post up from time to time -- remember Tanesha' great work in the high post against Albany last April in the CIC? -- and there could be a lot of work for a posts coach. Coaching the posts may be critical to the success of this team.

One last note. Moving Jhasmin Player into a regular coaching gig (and recruiting coordinator) is a huge plus. She and Coach Vachon seem to have a strong bond -- you don't let just anyone take care of your dog when you're on the road recruiting -- and she has tweeted a couple of times how much she loves Maine. And, she has WNBA experience, which ought to give her good creds every time she sits down in a potential recruit's living room.

Interesting and, I hope, strong moves. Four months until the games begin to count. Hope Dunbar gets some strong contributions on the schedule thread he started today about upcoming schedules.

Bob Neal
New Sharon


BOB: Thanks for all the updated and interesting information. Excellent and informative post.

You ask a very important question that really needs to be answered.

WHO WILL BE COACHING THE BIGS?

That is a legitimate question as it was a coaching staff weakness last year in developing basic post up skills for transfers Sole, Keleva, and returnee Wadling.

6'5" Kate Williams, the freshmen from Florida, RIGHT NOW has better post up skills then any UMaine women's BIGS that transferred, is returning or the other new recruits.

The player returning with the best post up skills is 5'10" Tanesha Sutton.

Maybe they need to make Sutton and Williams player/ coaches of the BIGS.

Developing BIGS need a coach with a lot of experience playing in the post on the low block.

The other BIG question I have is are they really going to use and go to the BIGS as a first option and what type of offensive setup are they going to use to get the ball inside quickly and effective because of the shot clock?

Williams highlight films shows she should/could be a BIG force in the America East Conference as a 6'5" freshmen.

This is not only a problem for the women in who is going to coach the BIGS, but the same could be said for the UMaine men's team, as they have an excellent big who is highly skilled right now like (Kate Williams is) in Lee Prepper freshmen recruit 6'10" Micks Antoms.

Maybe both teams should have got together and hired a part time BIGS CONSULTANT if they don't have anybody on their staffs that can do the job as illustrated last year on both teams. Lack of an effective inside-outside game hurt both teams.
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