Re: Cal Sparks Gold


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Posted by Coach on August 11, 2017 at 12:35:12:

In Reply to: Re: Cal Sparks Gold posted by funny on August 11, 2017 at 11:01:33:

: : : : : : : : : Huh?? Are you serious? I have seen players develop rapidly under Close as a coach, especially her post players. I have also seen significant improvement in Canada's overall game under Close. I beg to differ with the previous post that referred to her as a great recruiter only.

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: : : : : : : : I think most people who really pay attention would say she is a decent not great coach.

: : : : : : : : She is really nice and a good recruiter. But she gets outcoached in games and I don't believe players improve enough.

: : : : : : : : But we can agree to disagree.

: : : : : : : Close is never up for another big coaching job. Her name is never mentioned by the fans when one comes up and neither are her assistant coaches.

: : : : : : : I think she's a nice lady, a decent coach, a great recruiter but has created an average program. However, UCLA has become a fairly average athletic program so she fits in.

: : : : : : Do you even follow UCLA athletics outside of women's basketball, football? Please refer to the number of NCAA championships for all sports.

: : : : : : I continue to root for Close, she's built a program that has a great deal of integrity, focuses on development of PEOPLE. Women's bball is not a big money draw for colleges outside of select few programs. I think what she's doing there is infinitely more valuable than chasing more and more wins.

: : : : : Just to emphasize that comment about UCLA being average in athletics: UCLA women have won team National Championships in the last 10 years in Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo.

: : : : Waiting for the answer. Stanford just passed UCLA and USC will do so in the next few years.

: : : "How many this year". Ha ha ha ha, what an idiotic statement. So if UConn fails to win the national championship "this year" will they not be a successful program? Speaking of which, compare UCLA to UConn in academics and total athletic performance. UConn is the absolute platinum standard in one sport, which is fantastic. UCLA has a breadth of excellence in multiple, and in academics.

: : : I'll save my breath. This forum is not known for high level discussions.

: : UCLA has been fading in athletics for several years. Lots of problems, coaching, money, AD, etc. The fact that they can be competitive in many sports is a definite testament but it's also clear that their days as the premier sports university is definitely over and a look at the results over the past few years confirms it.

: : Oh, and the number is one, water polo, something that even UCLA fans are upset about.

: You really aren't supporting your statements with anything in regards to "days as the premier sports university" being over. 1 national championship last year...UCLA fans are upset. OK, does that tarnish their accomplishments? And you can predict the future?

: Someone mentioned that they will boldly predict that UCLA will never win a women's basketball national championship. Will USC?

: This forum is filled with self-proclaimed Nostradami who likely could never attend any of these institutions.

UCLA Women's Sports Standing
Water Polo - #2 - lost in championship
Golf - #4
Softball - #5
Beach Volleyball - #5 - Elite 8 team
Gymnastics - #5
Soccer - #8 - Quarterfinals
Volleyball - #13 - Elite 8
Basketball - #15 - Quarterfinals
Swimming & Diving - #21
Cross Country - #30

That's 5 top 5 teams in one year. That IS an elite athletic school.


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