Only 2 UMaine men's BB Coaches have a .500% since 1949-50

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Only 2 UMaine men's BB Coaches have a .500% since 1949-50

Postby bcbc55 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:52 pm

J. Brian McCall and Dr. John Gianinni are the only two UMaine men's basketball coaches that have career winning percentages over .500 since 1949.

Length..Yrs..Coach..............Wins-Losses..Winning%

1958-68 10..J. Brian McCall....114...107........51.6%

1996-04..8..Dr. John Giannini..125...111.......52.6%
Totals...18 years 2 coaches.....239...218.......52.3%

..........50 years 8 coaches ....642.. 719.......46.3%
Totals...68 years..................881...937.......48.5%

Yankee Conference.......... 1941-1970... 29 years
Northeast Conference........1970-1978.....8 years
North Atlantic Conference...1978-1994...16 years
America East Conference....1994-2017...23 years

Maine has never made the D-1 March Madness Big Dance.

Coach Dr. John Giannini in 8 years at Maine lost in the finals twice, lost in the semi-finals 4 times and lost in the quarter-finals twice in his 8 years in the America East Tournament. Most successful in the America East post season of any Maine coach. He left for LaSalle College after he 2003-04 season.

Last year that Maine had a winning season was 7 years ago in 2009-10 when they went 19-10 under Ted Woodward with 3 Maine H.S. players starting. Would have had 5 Maine starters if 1 3 year starter from Maine had not left the team, one 1 year before and another potential starter 2 years before.

Best finish ever in the Yankee Conference was under Brian McCall when they finished second in the regular season standings in early sixties starting 4 Maine High School
players.
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Re: Only 2 UMaine men's BB Coaches have a .500% since 1949-5

Postby aechamps » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:05 am

Bob its not looking to good for this year....
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Re: Only 2 UMaine men's BB Coaches have a .500% since 1949-5

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:44 pm

aechamps wrote:Bob its not looking to good for this year....


AE: They are projected to go 6-25 or 7-24 0verall, 3-13 in conference and out first game in tourney by teamrankings.com which is right as of today.

Picked by other 8 AE coaches to finish last in 9th place in America East in their pre-season coaches poll.

So anything better then the above is on the plus size.

I would say as a former athletic administrator that Maine has to go 8-8 and finish in the top half of the final regular season America East Conference standings so as to get a home quarter-final tourney game and win that game in order for Walsh to be even considered resigning.

Things to do to turn it around

1. Use 6'9" 245lb Mik Antoms as much as possible only sit him when he needs a rest or gets in foul trouble
2 Develop an inside-outside game to get OPEN 3's
3. Better offensive spacing sets to be effective in 1 and 2 above
4. Use remaining 10 non-conference games to determine who are going to be the players to use for the conference schedule
5. Once decided on the 8 players DON"T GO ANY DEEPER UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TOO. As of now:
Point-Calixe 6'0"
Off guard Evans 6'5"
Center Antoms 6'9"
Forward Fleming 6'7"
Forward Er 6'6"
Center/Forward sub Ilija S., 6'7"
Guard sub Bryant 6'1"
Other sub White when he returns

6. Reduce the number of 3's attempted unless try 3's gotten from inside- out passes
7. Have system determine who shoots, where they shoot from and when they shoot, not the players
8. When shot clock gets down to 8 get ball into the hands of the best dribble penetrater on the floor and put the two best 3 point shooters on each side of the penetrator and have him go to the hoop
9. Mix up defense use more 1-3-1 zone
10. LISTEN TO SIMON"s SUGGESTIONS

Just my opinions and thoughts after watching Maine for the last 3 years and all of the games so far this season.
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Re: Only 2 UMaine men's BB Coaches have a .500% since 1949-5

Postby sewey76 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:11 pm

It is true that McCall was an excellent coach and was successful using largely Maine players. How much better could those Maine teams have been if they had been able to get the in state talent that went to college elsewhere?
Danny Coombs and Dick Joyce were known for baseball but were both outstanding basketball players. Joyce went to Holy Cross. Coombs I believe went to Seton Hall on a basketball scholarship and played for two years before settling on baseball. Joe Harrington and Jon McDonald both went to Maryland for basketball.
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Re: Only 2 UMaine men's BB Coaches have a .500% since 1949-5

Postby bcbc55 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:12 pm

sewey76 wrote:It is true that McCall was an excellent coach and was successful using largely Maine players. How much better could those Maine teams have been if they had been able to get the in state talent that went to college elsewhere?
Danny Coombs and Dick Joyce were known for baseball but were both outstanding basketball players. Joyce went to Holy Cross. Coombs I believe went to Seton Hall on a basketball scholarship and played for two years before settling on baseball. Joe Harrington and Jon McDonald both went to Maryland for basketball.


sewey76: If I remember correctly those players you mentioned graduated from high school after 1960 or 61 when Maine had it's best finish ever 2nd place in the Yankee Conference.

There is no question those players you mentioned would have helped Maine but also remember that freshmen could not play Varsity at that time in the 60's so could not have helped them immediately.

I believe that Danny Coombs graduated from Brewer High School in 1961 after Brewer had lost in the state finals in class L. You are right, he went to Seton Hall and played on the freshmen team as a freshmen and played with Workman an All-American at Seton Hall Danny's sophomore year.

Coombs and I believe Joyce would have had to play freshmen ball and only had 3 years of college varsity eligibility because of the freshmen rule that freshmen could not play on Varsity teams.

If Maine got the 2 best Maine players that they wanted each year recruiting that would give them 8 Mainers 2 in each class for 8.... 2 seniors out 2 freshmen in each year.

Then they could get 3 players that the Mainers did not provide position wise, usually bigs. That would mean they used 11 scholarships and then keep 2 in their back pocket for transfers

To fill out the roster they could have open campus tryouts as there was always "gym rats" playing in the field house/pit and intramurals that were as good or better than some of the scholarshipped players each year,

Today, those types of players play at the recreation center on campus, not the Pit or field house.

Also, if Maine is going to lose like they have been for the past 7 years in a row then let's do it with Maine kids. That keeps the scholarship money in-state or 8 players each year.

Just my opinion.
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