Post by thetulsawarrior on Feb 21, 2021 11:07:30 GMT -6
I have a lot of confidence in Ryan's ability to build a successful program at Green Bay. He may have the best recruiting network of any past Nix coach and the feedback loop from his dad probably is providing a game-by-game critique.
Each school has its challenges and all coaches bring their strengths and luggage with them. Success depends on realizing the unique situation and the coach's ability to put the jigsaw together.
Covering my first NCAA Tournament years ago one of the things that struck me was the egos on display by many of the coaches. Perhaps that was an important trait in making it in a high-pressure environment. Like everything, there's a need for balancing ego with the ability to adapt. A successful coach really needs an arsenal of tools -- teacher, psychologist, media personality, and master salesman connecting with donors. Former Marquette assistant Tod Kowalczyk has been a work in progress as a head coach at Green Bay and now Toledo. I think he is a case study in the challenge a coach faces in growing that arsenal of tools. An important footnote to fans, when you have a highly successful coach like Dick Bennett or Al McGuire there's a hangover of expectations that can make it that much more difficult for any of the coaches who replace them over the years. That hangover can last for decades. www.toledoblade.com/sports/ut/2021/02/20/how-former-nba-head-coach-jim-boylen-helps-toledo-reach-its-full-potential/stories/20210220085