- Nov 24, 2008
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Ah, so now you're talking about the resume at the time of hire, which is not what you said originally. How heavy are those goal posts? Had you said what you meant, I would've agreed and had no quibble. Yes, on paper, she's probably the best hire (not coach) that the women's basketball team has ever had, though to be fair that is an easy mountain to climb.Thanks for asking. My personal philosophy on coaching hires is that you should never settle for anyone who you don't think has the potential to be a hall-of-famer. This is a hire I would have made based on that philosophy.
There are never any guarantees about the future, but her resume kicks complete ass over Borton's resume coming in, so it's perfectly realistic to expect that she'll be a superior coach and program builder. If the hope is not Sweet Sixteens, national title contention, and retirement from this position--as opposed to a firing, which was Borton's departure--when making a hire like this, then you're hiring the wrong person.
I will be very surprised if history does not eventually bear this out.
I'd actually like to see you on a search committee...or any committee...just to see what that's like.
Your original quote: "She will be our best coach since Oldfield." I missed the word "hire" in that statement. I look forward to Plitzuweit staying at least a dozen years, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen and beyond at least 3 times, and winning 100+ games in the Big Ten.