Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, March/April 2013.
During my first season as a college basketball coach, I worked with a player named Matt. The head coach nearly cut Matt on the first day of fall workouts, but he was roommates with his #1 recruit, and he looked like a basketball player when he walked in the gym, so he survived. However, he started the season as the 4th-string point guard, and the head coach wanted to redshirt him, as he could not envision him playing. […]
Last week, I tweeted, “After the season, a head coach at a lower-level college said that she was too good for the level because her players lacked skills.” The general responses on twitter were that she should move to a lower competitive level. […]