Barron Is The Right Choice for Maine Men's Job

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Re: Barron Is The Right Choice for Maine Men's Job

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:41 am

New UMaine men’s basketball coach Barron faces a tough challenge

...He faces the new challenges with several more things that are different than going to another women’s program. His only other men’s college coaching experience was his first college job from 1991-95 as an assistant coach at Division III Sewanee College in Tennessee where he became the women’s head coach in 1995-96.

A big adjustment for Barron is that men usually aren’t as coachable as women. When I ran co-ed shooting camps and gave individual shooting lessons, I found that women were more positive and open to coaching. Coaching shooting is the hardest basketball skill to teach, correct, improve or learn.

Another adjustment Barron faces in the men’s game is coaching more athletic players both offensively and defensively. The quickness, strength and game’s physicality are different, especially on the defensive end.

A big issue Barron faces is whether he will be able to establish a new recruiting base. Recruiting has been a problem for past Maine men’s coaches because of the program’s lack of success and its remote location. ... challenge/
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