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TylerDurden

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Here is the link:  http://just-in-justinsworld.blogspot.com/2015/10/grading-coaching-moves.html

Here are grades of note:

Julie Wright - Maryland - A
Kenny Gajweski - Ok St. - A
Marissa Young - Duke - B
Tyra Perry - Illinois - C
Mike Bosch - Syracuse - C
Courtney Deifel - Arkansas - D

Interesting write-ups as well.  Glad to see someone doing this for the sport!

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http://just-in-justinsworld.blogspot.com/2015/10/grading-coaching-moves.html

Yes very honest write ups and some not too complimentary
1janiedough

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actually the Arkansas hire is so humdrum that the mark is right on.
TruDat

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Good conversation starter. Some hires are easy to pick apart and others you have to wait to see what they do. A coaches record is a strong indicator but not the end all be all. There are many other factors that go into the equation. Being in the right conference at the right time might give a coach success but, getting into a spot like Arkansas or Maryland might be a job that the hire just can't duplicate their success because of the "stage" they are on and the competitors they face. Especially Arkansas. She has no chance down there.
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I'm not saying I agree with all the grades, it's just nice to see someone critically looking at these hires like they do in all of the other sports.  Someone should really email this link to all the AD's and SWA's that made the hires as well.
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If it doesn't work out for Maryland now. A quality hire might be down the road. Rumor has it under armour wants to make them the like Oregon on the east coast
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If it doesn't work out for Maryland now. A quality hire might be down the road. Rumor has it under armoire wants to make them the like Oregon on the east coast

That's a fact but not sure if that concern for improvement is going to trickle down to their softball program. 
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How freaking ridiculous, grading by two folks with zero credibility - might want to check up on who wrote this.  5 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
TruDat

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If you think that Maryland Softball is on Under Armour's radar that is truly dreaming. If it were, and let's say Kevin Plank were involved, I seriously doubt they would have hired the Coach from Idaho. Just saying.
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How freaking ridiculous, grading by two folks with zero credibility - might want to check up on who wrote this.  5 minutes of my life I'll never get back.


They are probably just as, or more, qualified than the hundreds of writers that do it for other sports. No one complains about them. Why about someone that does it for softball?
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If you think that Maryland Softball is on Under Armour's radar that is truly dreaming. If it were, and let's say Kevin Plank were involved, I seriously doubt they would have hired the Coach from Idaho. Just saying.


I heard it on ESPN. Take it for what it's worth. I see it was also in the New York Times
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If you think that Maryland Softball is on Under Armour's radar that is truly dreaming. If it were, and let's say Kevin Plank were involved, I seriously doubt they would have hired the Coach from Idaho. Just saying.
I heard it on ESPN. Take it for what it's worth. I see it was also in the New York Times

More than likely Plank's only concerned with football and basketball. 
TylerDurden

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If you think that Maryland Softball is on Under Armour's radar that is truly dreaming. If it were, and let's say Kevin Plank were involved, I seriously doubt they would have hired the Coach from Idaho. Just saying.
I heard it on ESPN. Take it for what it's worth. I see it was also in the New York Times

More than likely Plank's only concerned with football and basketball. 


Correct statement - minus basketball!
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They are probably just as, or more, qualified than the hundreds of writers that do it for other sports. No one complains about them.


I thought everyone complained about them?

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Thought Gleason was going to get the Duke job....not sure what happened there.  I would assume she is a good get by NKU.

Willis is a bright and upcoming coach.....thought her hire of Brittany LaStrappes was a great get with MAC familiarity.

Maryland great hire....shocked with Arkansas with her lack of HC experience....

really shocked Duke hired Young.  She could be amazing but I would have thought somebody with more experience coaching and starting a program would have been needed.  Hope she proves me wrong.

Enjoyed reading a critical article grading hires.  They are just opinions as mine are and should only be taken that way.  Fun to read everyone's thoughts but who really knows how these hires will pan out.

We will soon see
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How freaking ridiculous, grading by two folks with zero credibility - might want to check up on who wrote this.  5 minutes of my life I'll never get back.


LOL, I was just thinking the same thing. I should have stopped when I figured out who came up with the list. Guess we're both gluttons for punishment. 
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I'm sorry but ANYONE with half a brain can form an educated opinion on how likely it is that a coach will succeed or fail based on past records and the new school's softball support history and I see nothing wrong with the article.
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How freaking ridiculous, grading by two folks with zero credibility - might want to check up on who wrote this.  5 minutes of my life I'll never get back.


LOL, I was just thinking the same thing. I should have stopped when I figured out who came up with the list. Guess we're both gluttons for punishment. 


While you might not like the two individuals, I am guessing they might be more in tune with D1 softball than 95% of the public.

Some people don't like the truth behind the hiring practices in our sport...practices that would not be tolerated in sports softball is attempting to catch (volleyball/baseball).  If softball as a sport wants the brighter lights, then more articles like this are going to happen.
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I don't know where else to put this information, and apologize ahead of time for intruding.  Ken Eriksen, coach of University of South Florida and the USA National Team has been elected as a member of the 2016 Softball Hall of Fame class.  Congratulations !!!!     
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What did he do to get into the Hall of Fame?
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Shelby Pendley starts her coaching career at New Mexico. 

http://www.golobos.com/coaches.aspx?rc=305&path=softball

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Shelby Pendley starts her coaching career at New Mexico. 

http://www.golobos.com/coaches.aspx?rc=305&path=softball



Now that is awesome news, as I was born in Abq and played one year at NMSU under coach Cindy Bristow (who only stayed one year btw).  NM is severely underrepresented in softball, and here's to hoping Pendley can start to slowly change this fact!
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Somebody kicked the man hater rock over again and look what scurried out.
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Pendley is a great player (at multiple positions and on offense), so she will suck as a coach, as the board's theory goes. What were they thinking is what you should be asking, for consistency with the inane position taken here.
No more inane than "woman plus great player equals great coach" Why not let time tell the tale?
1janiedough

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God TerpAlum st*u!!!!
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What did he do to get into the Hall of Fame?

That's a great question. He has led Team USA to mediocre showings the past few years
He has re-invented pitching by making random pitching changes during games for no apparent reason

What am I leaving out?
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Pendley is a great player (at multiple positions and on offense), so she will suck as a coach, as the board's theory goes. What were they thinking is what you should be asking, for consistency with the inane position taken here.


Actually no one said that, just that they are given coaching positions they more than likely would not receive in other sports.

You are the one with the consistent thinking that you must have played to be a good coach.
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What did he do to get into the Hall of Fame?

That's a great question. He has led Team USA to mediocre showings the past few years
He has re-invented pitching by making random pitching changes during games for no apparent reason

What am I leaving out?

You left out that HOF is an ASA property, and Ken has carried a ton of water for ASA.

For example hating on Keilani Ricketts cause she even mentioned NPF.  

Then moving the commitment date for Team USA up to January, cause some athletes had the audacity to consider NPF in June.  Realizing that Team USA is non-profit, can commit athletes before graduation without violating NCAA rules, and NPF being (well somewhat) salary/pro league, they have to wait until after graduating from college.



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...and NPF being (well somewhat) salary/pro league...


To carry your 'well somewhat' further, I believe only the NCAA and IRS would consider the NPF a 'for profit' business. [biggrin]

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Considering my DD plays for Idaho State I can honestly say the these coaching reviews for Coach Wright and Coach Letts are spot on.

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