Posted by Justin Credible on June 06, 2017 at 09:46:18:
In Reply to: DR another perspective...reposted...comments? posted by Keyser soze on June 06, 2017 at 09:06:38:
: I'd have to agree that calling him 'worst coach ever' is a bit unfair.
: What we have in HS basketball is two models of running a program:
: 1-the neighborhood model.
: While the majority of schools follow this model, it is becoming less prominent. Build it with youth programs and coach the kids you have. These programs will have dips in wins as the talent changes. To evaluate them fairly is to ask if they are competitive at their talent level.
: 2-the recruiting model
: I believe Cooper falls into that category and I'd doubt he'd deny it. I think this model does fly in the face of the goal and theme of HS basketball, but it's out there none the less. In order to sustain this model, coaches will need to bring in talent on a yearly basis as they are not building from within. When a coach (like Cooper) leaves a school like this, the program usually drops unless the new guy does the same (see LV Luth after Coop as an example).
: Here's another thought: How would guys in the recruiting model do if they just had to coach who showed up? And...
: How would the guys that coach who shows up do if they had an influx of talent yearly.
: I.E. it's EASY to coach talented kids (like if you have a 7'er)
: The best coaching is done by guys who grind it our year in and out. That's what HS basketball is about in my view.
: Go ahead, hate on this!!
That's how a lot of programs do it and that's why they're wrong. Hey, idiot HS AD's, take a out a pen and paper and get ready to take notes:
1 - There is the neighborhood model but even that model is starting to lose it's footing. example - Public schools in Valley somehow having 2 kids from Torrance doesn't exactly meet that model. More public schools are finding ways to get at least 1 kid from inside their district on their team.
2 - For the recruiting model, the thought that the HS has to recruit every year is one of the dumbest things in HS basketball and it actually doesn't work. Btw, the only thing that it shows is that the coach can't coach. ex. Village Chr, Heritage Chr etc. Crespi, Harvard Westlake and even Sierra Canyon build with underclassmen. Then they won't "recruit" for 3-4 years because they have the kids that they can actually coach and put in the best fair situations for them. "They recruit every year in college Justin." High school is high school and college is college. The problem is that a lot of HS coaches and AD's are operating their programs with the college, actually Kentucky, model. YOU DON'T HAVE ONE AND DONES! Can someone print that out and give to every HS AD and coach in SoCal.
Sierra Canyon did everything right except coach. I'd argue that they can't identify the best talent either. (Derryck Thornton should have never had to leave SoCal.) But SC was committed to 3-4 kids and I applaud them for that.
Derrick Taylor at Taft is a recruiting machine. He'll take 5 new players every year. It's a terrible way to operate a program. His glue this year was Clark, who he got as a sophomore. Which was a great move by Coach Taylor. But you don't need to have a constant flux of players.
The only problem with trying to build a program with underclassmen is that you still have the "coaches" who can't coach. So what they'll try to do to not recruit or take transfers so much is to have a middle school farm system. This is one of the most idiotic things that you will hear of or see. Heritage Chr currently has this. This is where they'll have a multiyear holdback middle school program, inflate their abilities on social media, have them do as little class work as possible. Parents are to blame for this one to.
So now these coaches that can't coach in the first place is trying to identify talent in a 16 year old 8th grader over a 15 year old 9th grader. I've heard a Hertiage Chr coach talk about how physically strong a certain 8th grader is. He's not strong. He's 16 playing against 14 year olds.
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