I am intrigued by O'Connell bring Keefe in, though. As you said, I would consider that to fulfill your last sentence in your post.
Pandolfo, Sacco, and Donatelli have the combined college hockey coaching experience of: 1 season as a volunteer assistant on a terrible team.
I wouldn't require a head coach candidate to have 10+ years of college coaching experience, but I would like more than that, regardless of the percentage of completion of their degree (which is an NCAA rule).
Looks like I am in the distinct minority here, but I absolutely want the BU coach to have a degree. I assume the coach will consistently push student athletes to make solid progress towards a degree, and their credibility would be shot without holding a degree themselves.
Further, I would like to see more coaches make the effort to attain an Ed.M in coaching, or sports psychology, or development...something along those lines. Coaching could be so much better if they brought an educator’s or psychologist’s training to bear in addition to having “played the game” and “paid their dues” through the traditional paradigm.
Just came from the press conference. Some good stuff. I’m looking forward to the season. The team was there (and apropos of nothing were wearing these sweet new UA 1/4 zips), Jordan Greenway was there, Coach Parker, Mike Eruzione, former Terrier and O’Connell’s teammate Chris O’Sullivan were there too.
The one question not asked was what his plans are for his staff. I’m sure that will come.
If anyone finds a link to the press conference saved please let me know. I was only able to see the last 1/3.
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