October 8, 2013 at 1:39 am #11617
Obviously recruiting is a prerequisite to the success of a program, but that’s sales, not coaching. And some would argue good fortune and hard work also play heavily into recruiting. I guess we’re all familiar with the good fortune component of recruiting. So far this offseason we’ve all tried to find out how well the salesmen did this year or how lucky we got.
To me though, the true test of a coach and his staff is: Do the players get better fundamentally over time, and do they play better as a unit over time? Particularly with younger players who have more room to grow. I briefly looked over the proven talent level on the team in the beginning of each year of coach Reed’s first six years. Then compared it with this year. To me this is the least amount of proven Patriot league level talent he’s started with. I believe it’s the best year to judge what he and his staff can do as coaches. Particularly with what we see from JG and JC this year. We know MM can score, and handle, and hustle, but if he’s the only one who can really play and excel at this level, it’ll be a long year. I would be shocked if we finish higher than fourth, considering we now have another BU on board, but if we are competitive with BU, BU, the Kirby people, and Army, I’ll be thrilled. And it’ll tell a casual fan like myself how good a coach Dr. Reed really is.October 8, 2013 at 1:46 am #11619
As Bum Philips said many years ago. “The mark of a good coach is that he can beat ‘yourin’ with ‘hisin”; and then take ‘yourin’ and beat ‘hisin’.October 8, 2013 at 10:59 am #11622
I totally agree, jimk. A lot rides on coaches getting the new guys up to speed, and adjusting approach to fit the personnel. That said, I’d also argue that it’s probably a no-lose situation for coach Reed. If we have a good year, he will have done an amazing job. If we don’t, I don’t think he’ll take a lot of heat; we graduated a ton of talent.
I’m excited to see an all-new team, regardless.October 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm #11624
My impression of Coach Reed (and his staff) are that they are pretty solid recruiters (and getting better now that they have some notoriety/momentum to sell). I think they have done a good job in developing talent. CJ and Holden both improved immensely in their time. Mackey has improved as well.
I also think that they are good at installing their systems offensively and defensively. I really like the fast pace they utilize on offense. However, to this point I think that their weakness has been in-game coaching and game prep. I think Reed is in the bottom portion of the league when it comes to game coaching. His recruiting, development, and teaching probably outweigh it though.
Agree that this is a year to learn a lot about the staff as this is really a new position for them. They have what appears to be a ton of blank slate talent and we will get to see what they are able to do with it.October 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm #11669
I agree with those above who put Reed as a solid recruiter, who runs a solid program. My problem, too, comes with his in-game coaching. He seems very slow to make adjustments, particularly at the defensive end of the floor. I like that he is a defensive minded coach, and that minutes are only provided to those who can defend. But, I don’t like his lack of diversification in his defensive approach. His strict adherence to man to man principles goes a little too far, in my opinion. I think there is appropriate times to play zone, appropriate times to play man, appropriate times to zone press and trap, and appropriate times to full court press. Reed, really never does anything other than man in a half court set. He has the talent to press, but never does. And, if he played some zone, particularly against the bigger front lines in out of conference games, I think his team would be more effective. But, he is not very versatile. I like an in game coach with a full bag of tricks. If a guy gets hot, go box and one, or throw in some match up zone, there are plenty of applications. Triangle and two or other gimmick style defenses can be effective in the right spots.
On the offensive end, they also seem pretty vanilla, running the high pick and roll, or their motion style offense.
I like Reed overall, and Lehigh lucky to have him, and he has built a nice program. But, he is not a great X’s and O’s guy.
I would not put him in the league of an O’Hanlon or Paulsen as a game day coach. In PL, I would say top rung as recruiter, and midlevel rung as game day coach, upper level rung in running a program.October 11, 2013 at 1:05 am #11673
90 – I always value ya analysis and often agree, but I really agree with what ya said above, you spot on and no one could have said it better.
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