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sneezy

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Puppy left UCLA to assist at CAL POLY!!!  WOW!!!  My question is, WHY????  Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire...
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WOW!  I'm thinking you should have chose the name of another of the seven dwarfs.  Her name is Gina Vecchione, although you got the nickname correct.

Former UCLA Assistant Gina (Puppy) del Vecchio is Going WHERE???



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New user first post, impressive.  Hope your information is correct.
collied

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Confirmed - she is the new Associate Head Coach at Cal Poly (my DD plays there & was notified yesterday!)
We are thrilled! Congrats to Coach Condon for this impressive hire.  As for the program, we've had 2 tough years but prior to that - good....now we're looking to be great!  Go Mustangs! 
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As an Alumni and a fan of the game, I am pleased with the hire!  I thought Coach Garza was a pretty good coach but I would think that hiring Puppy as Associate Head Coach would be considered an upgrade...

Good Luck to the Mustangs!
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hiring Puppy as Associate Head Coach would be considered an upgrade...

I am not an insider in college softball, just an ardent fan.  So my question comes from the perspective of an outside observer --

If the Assistant who left Cal Poly, Linda Garza, is good enough to be hired by UC Riverside as its head coach recently, why would Vecchione be considered an upgrade? 

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sneezy

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My first thought when I heard this was that while I have heard that UCLA coaches and the program have their issues, I have also heard that the Cal Poly HC is a total whack job.  Also, have heard the Cal Poly program is horrible, with absolutely no support from the school or community.  Maybe Puppy just wants a major challenge???
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Dunnin......the thought did not even cross my mind.

"If the Assistant who left Cal Poly, Linda Garza, is good enough to be hired by UC Riverside as its head coach recently, why would Vecchione be considered an upgrade?"

Also, an astute observation for just an ardant fan.

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sneezy

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No, but know kids who have played there in the past and the stories have not been positive. 

Just find it curious that Puppy would want to trade an assistant job at a Pac 12 school for an assistant job at a school where the program has a less than stellar reputation and is barely on the softball map.
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^ sneezy, with that type of post, some might conclude you are actually a frequent poster who is a Cal Poly parent whose DD has recently transferred...  and then registered here under a new moniker.  I hope that is not the case.

I'm going to do you a favor, and I'm not going to quote your post within mine, which gives you the chance to edit your post without a paper trail.


Was wondering the same thing.  Wonder where momma P is?
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Job title is Associate Head Coach not assistant coach.  Looking at hires this summer, it seems the Associate Head coaches were looked at for HC jobs.  Maybe she needs to fill out her resume so she can be considered for a HC job in the future.

Not sure Cal Poly has the horses to turn it around in a single season.  I think it will take a few seasons to get back to winning ways.
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Quote: Originally Posted by anothersoftballdad hiring Puppy as Associate Head Coach would be considered an upgrade... I am not an insider in college softball, just an ardent fan. So my question comes from the perspective of an outside observer --

If the Assistant who left Cal Poly, Linda Garza, is good enough to be hired by UC Riverside as its head coach recently, why would Vecchione be considered an upgrade?

Dunnin..... you missed an important part of my comment...

but I would think that hiring Puppy as Associate Head Coach would be considered an upgrade...

not saying it was an upgrade but in my mind with my limited knowledge of Coach Garza and UC Riverside & Cal Poly programs and my limited knowledge of Puppy and the UCLA program... I would think that Puppy brings a lot of experience and coaching ability o the table.

Do you consider UC Riverside and Cal Poly programs to be at the same level as UCLA?  All of these coaches are equal and easily interchangeable with no drop off in coaching and recruiting?

I would think that Puppy helps in recruiting if nothing else

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Momcat/Capricorn/Sneezy stop bashing the Big West coaches and players.  All these girls are playing for the love of the game.  Lots of Big West schools are very hard academically and these girls are up for the challenge.

I agree it will take more than a year for Cal Poly to turn it around but at least the Big West has a great batting coach!
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as a parent of the CP program i can tell you several things as FACT not as "i've heard":
*we've had a tough 2 years which started with 8 new freshman trying to learn not just a faster game but a new Coach and college program
* we've had definite negative distractions by a Parent who continues to spread ill will against the Coach, program & AD and most of us are happy to have that negative force has now moved on.
* Linda Garza is a good Coach and should do well in Riverside building her own program.
* Gina Vecchione is a legend and is just what Cal Poly softball needs!  The Mustang Parents give huge kudos to Coach Condon for listening to the kids, being open to making changes and for being the one that landed Coach Gina.
* We are EXCITED and on fire for this coming season - please give us that and stop with the negativity

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Gimme a break Sneezy - "a total whack job"?  We all know there've been challenges recently but you don't get to be Coach of the Year 3 times as voted by your peers in the conference if you're a total whack job.

i agree w/Collied and can appreciate that the Coach is open to trying something different based upon meetings with her team.  Gina V is a great players coach and is a stellar add for CP.  If she fit your posted description she wouldn't go to such great lengths as surely she must have had to do in order to lure Gina V to the program.  Give it a rest and let this team finally have their positive moment.  You can start your judgemental attitude soon enough once the season starts - for now.....good job Coach Condon....good job!!

sneezy

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Agreed.  Gina was a good hire.  Question is why she would want to leave UCLA for that job.
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the only reason for her leaving UCLA, in my point of view, is that she must of have had enough of those two other coaches there.
otherwise why would one go from a great PAC10 team to a wimpy Big West.
Big West of now is not the Big West of old.
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momcat says she is NOT sneezy, and I believe her... sorry for the insinuation.
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Agreed.  Gina was a good hire.  Question is why she would want to leave UCLA for that job.


I can think of a number of reasons for making such a move... (These are all speculation but since you asked...)

1. Cost of living is dramatically cheaper in SLO than Westwood.
2. The commute may be much better.
3. It could be a pay increase.
4. She may not have been happy at UCLA
5. She could have been asked to find another position by her boss
6. It's a completely different lifestyle.
7. She may felt it better way to learn her trade (Her trade is no longer softball, it's leadership and mentoring.)
8. She may feel that she'd have a larger impact at CP.

I can go on and on but the implication of your question is why would someone leave a wildly successful program with lots of bright lights shining on it for a mid-major with little or no national acclaim.  There might be a greater chance to grow.

My dad gave me great advice when I was growing up.  "Son," he said, "the company you work for is no better than your immediate boss.  And, if he's an jerk then the company's a jerk and it's time to move on."

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LMUfan it seems we have the same feeling about her leaving UCLA.
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"1. Cost of living is dramatically cheaper in SLO than Westwood"


Pomona, not SLO, right?  Still LA county, and although a bit cheaper to live in Pomona proper, the immediately surrounding areas are not cheap at all to live in.



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^ generally, when someone says "Cal Poly" and leaves it at that, they mean San Luis Obispo, not Pomona.  CPSLO was founded in 1901, vs. CPP in 1938.  Though they are the same relative size, CPSLO is DI in Athletics and CPP is DII.  Beyond that, CPSLO is academically considered a peer of the mid-level UCs (Davis, SB and Irvine) , though with a completely different teaching philosphy, whereas Pomona is not.  Lastly, SLO is mostly resident students whereas Pomona has a large portion of commuting students.  So, for a variety of reasons Cal Poly by itself refers to SLO. 

Though I will say Pomona is a much prettier city than San Luis Obispo... not.

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Since Cal Poly Pomona does not have a soft ball team, it's unlikely they would hire a coach.
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Congrats to CP! What an amazing addition to the coaching staff. Speaks volumes to the HC's ability to bring in Puppy. Big loss for UCLA. Puppy's years of experience working with many different head coaches tells me that if she chose CP, the HC probably wasn't the issue. Happy for collied and yourDD. Good luck as you move past the negativity that has clouded your program.
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"Since Cal Poly Pomona does not have a soft ball team, it's unlikely they would hire a coach."

uh no softball team at cal poly pomona?  really?  that is who we are talking about, not slo.

http://www.gopoly.com/sports/sball/index

my former coach at new mexico st, cindy bristow, played for cal poly pomona way back when, they were a powerhouse back then. 

i do believe jenny condon is the coach who we are speaking of who hired vecchione and linda garza was the coach at cal poly pomona who ucr whisked away recently.

https://www.gopoly.com/sports/sball/coaches/Garza-_Linda




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Both Jenny Condon and Linda Garza were co-head coaches last year at Cal Poly SLO.
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uh no softball team at cal poly pomona?  really?  that is who we are talking about, not slo.


I believe it is you who is confused.  Follow the link:

Code:
http://www.broncoathletics.com/


and hover over sports.  No softball under women's sports.

Your link is to SLO.

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"Since Cal Poly Pomona does not have a soft ball team, it's unlikely they would hire a coach."

uh no softball team at cal poly pomona?  really?  that is who we are talking about, not slo.

http://www.gopoly.com/sports/sball/index

my former coach at new mexico st, cindy bristow, played for cal poly pomona way back when, they were a powerhouse back then. 

i do believe jenny condon is the coach who we are speaking of who hired vecchione and linda garza was the coach at cal poly pomona who ucr whisked away recently.

https://www.gopoly.com/sports/sball/coaches/Garza-_Linda







http://www.gopoly.com/sports/sball/index

Click on link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and read the words below Cal Poly.......in case you don't want to go thru the trouble.... it says San Luis Obispo





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1janiedough

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wow now im really confused...now i understand what you meant dunnin!  thanks for clearing that up...totally thinking cal poly pomona still had a team, never considered it to be any other than pomona and that the two were being mixed up.

my bad!
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