Thought experiment about coaching

Which coach would you have liked to see have a decade at VCU and why?

  • Jeff Capel

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  • Dana Kirk

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Dec 2, 2012
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Hey;
So the word is UR might extend Mooney,
This got me thinking, which coach would you have most liked to see have a 10 year stint here at VCU, which one did you think would have been best for the program and why?
Current coach is disqualified in this alternate history.
 
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Why did I vote for Shaka?
While not a great X and O man, he was able to lead a program.
He found good coaches to execute his vision, he could recruit, and he had enough pull in the city that he could have easily ended up in office.
Was he a one trick pony who could not adapt, and would his act get old?
Nope, I think he would have found more good coaches had he stayed to help him over rough patches, and I feel a lot of his problem in Austin was getting swallowed up, he is better as a big fish in a little pond.
 

RowdyPkunk

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As one of the "younger" generation of VCU fans.... I had to narrow my choices between Grant, Shaka & Wade (since MR is not on the list).

To me it's between Grant & Shaka. Both are great coaches in their own unique ways.... and I liked watching both coaches.... but I ended voting for Shaka.
 

WillWeaverRVA

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I voted for Grant, though my vote easily could’ve gone toward Shaka. Grant can clearly both coach and recruit if given the opportunity (of course, he has to give himself that opportunity and not bolt for a bad SEC job). What we’re seeing Grant accomplish at Dayton, he likely could have done here had he not bolted to Alabama.

Shaka can coach but seems to need a good group of assistants to really shine.
 

RowdyPkunk

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I voted for Grant, though my vote easily could’ve gone toward Shaka. Grant can clearly both coach and recruit if given the opportunity (of course, he has to give himself that opportunity and not bolt for a bad SEC job). What we’re seeing Grant accomplish at Dayton, he likely could have done here had he not bolted to Alabama.

Shaka can coach but seems to need a good group of assistants to really shine.
Certainly would've been interesting to see how far he took our Final 4 team.... most of whom he recruited.

Would that rough February have happened? And how far we would've gone after that?

Though I will say, I'm very thankful for Shaka because of a lot of players he brought in.... but 2 in particular.... Briante & Treveon.
 

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I voted for Grant, though my vote easily could’ve gone toward Shaka. Grant can clearly both coach and recruit if given the opportunity (of course, he has to give himself that opportunity and not bolt for a bad SEC job). What we’re seeing Grant accomplish at Dayton, he likely could have done here had he not bolted to Alabama.

Shaka can coach but seems to need a good group of assistants to really shine.
This is also why I voted for Grant, along with his fatherly death stare. I think we would have consistently had balanced rosters of good guards and good legit big men, with his blend of good coaching. That continuity would have taken us to more Sweet 16s at the minimum by now.
 
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On this date Tim Pearrell reported that VCU AD Ed McLaughlin says this a.m. that "Shaka Smart is our men's basketball coach" after erroneous reports about Marquette job on Monday."

Ha! That Marquette thing was so funny when it was happening.
 
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This is also why I voted for Grant, along with his fatherly death stare. I think we would have consistently had balanced rosters of good guards and good legit big men, with his blend of good coaching. That continuity would have taken us to more Sweet 16s at the minimum by now.
Grant or Smart could have taken us to multiple Sweet 16's, and probably Wade as well. Having any of those guys stick around for that long would have been a game changer.
 
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This is also why I voted for Grant, along with his fatherly death stare. I think we would have consistently had balanced rosters of good guards and good legit big men, with his blend of good coaching. That continuity would have taken us to more Sweet 16s at the minimum by now.
I voted for Grant as well, well balanced approach and valued the basics of the game. Capel came in a very close second. Shaka was up there too, more so for the fun culture he implemented but I'm not a big fan of "small ball". Relatively speaking, that whole list (Kirk was before my time) is pretty darn impressive, all had a pretty different mentality with great results for their time.
 
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I believe the same about Mike
I agree, of the previous 3 coaches Coach Smart was the only one that received offers to leave and turned them down year after year and we all saw what that did for the program. Once that starts to happen with Coach Rhoades and people see that he can get it done and is here for the long haul the same things will happen again.