Post by rocketmailsouthpaw on Mar 12, 2013 22:06:03 GMT -6
I know the conversation this season has been very light here on the discussion board for the women but as we are on the eve of the HL tournament kicking off for the ladies tomorrow night- I think it's important to stop and take a look at what this group as accomplished... 16-0 in HL play, 26-2 overall, 2 losses coming by a combined 7 points - all of this coming off the heels of losing arguably the greatest player in school history combined with a coaching change.
Although it was viewed with lukewarm support by some at the time- Ken Bothof made the right hire by bringing KB back to the University. The women would have been headed down the wrong path had Divilbiss gotten the job.
Wishing the ladies all the best of luck as we prepare to take the competition out at the KEC. Let's pack that building and rock it to the ground- leading the ladies onwards to victory.
I liked the re-hire of KB; I think he accomplished what he could at Michigan, which was a terrible program when he came to Ann Arbor and got them to the NCAA's, but I'm sure with football, men's BB, and even hockey, I think he would be fighting an uphill battle for attention and $$ for the program. Face it, it's not going to become a program like UConn, Stanford, Tennessee, or Baylor.....I think the Big Ten grind was also more than he was willing to put up with.
At UWGB he can continue to build what we had built during his first stint here, and what Matt Bollant did after that. He now has the KEC to recruit to, which KB didn't have during his first stint. Also, being in the HL is much less of a grind, but the margin of error is also smaller (to get into the NCAA's) since the rest of the league is so bad.
I don't know if Divibliss would have done any better if he was hired.....I would have predicted a Mike Heideman-like run; Good at the beginning, but there would have been a significant drop off. His previous HC stint at Idaho was 82-119. But he did bring the buzz defense, which worked wonders.
I predict another HL Conference title and a #6 seed, and hopefully avoiding someone's home court.
Last Edit: Mar 14, 2013 10:56:30 GMT -6 by gbbrl97
Post by FunDmentals on Mar 15, 2013 8:47:14 GMT -6
My issue/concern with Borseth was and still is his recruiting. His teams were always a couple of stars surrounded by players who were nowhere near as talented. Think Sara Boyer/Chandra Johnson, Natalie Bergen/Nicole Soulis, Rachel Porath/Lavesa Glover. Those teams didn't have NCAA Tournament success because they couldn't match up with other teams 3-5 + bench. Borseth consistently filled the end of his bench with players like Kari Witkowski, Marcy Dixon, etc (who while great students and people, were not the caliber of players needed for a top 25 team).
That's where Bolant took the next step. Remember, that under Borseth a NCAA bid seemed automatic, but under Bolant they became a legit Sweet 16 threat each year. I'm not saying Borseth will take the program backwards, but I don't think we can say that he's the right answer until year 2 or 3.
Post by rocketmailsouthpaw on Mar 15, 2013 22:14:43 GMT -6
Not to get picky- but i would like to point out that alot of the recruiting boost came from having Sarah Bronk on staff who as the recruiting coordinator has really helped our recruiting grow beyond what it used to be.