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Post by FloridaPilot on Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:31 am

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FloridaPilot wrote:As an aside: was there not a former Pilot who was assistant coaching in the NBA somewhere? I want to say that they were with the Spurs and then the Hawks for a while? What are they up to? No, not Spoelstra; he's busy.
Ben Sullivan, 2007 UP Grad and current assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks...

Graduate of Lake Oswego HS, played his freshman year at Cal St. Northridge prior to transferring to UP to play for Michael Holton for two years and Rev for one.

He's highly regarded by players and coaches alike...I've heard his name mentioned more than once as a potential UP coach.

https://www.businessinsider.com/bucks-nba-offense-ben-sullivan-giannis-antetokounmpo-2019-4

Thank you! Those are some impressive credentials Sullivan has accumulated and it makes me want to cheer for the Bucks a little now. Doubt he would want to leave an NBA contender team at this point in his career. There goes my contribution to this discussion... out the window!

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:30 am

Dean Murdoch wrote:Well the Gonzaga assistant with obvious Portland ties is Brian Michaelson...
Bingo!  

As I looked around for a young coach (Michaelson will be 39 in October) with the background for the job, Michaelson is the guy that stood out, and not just because of his seven years as a coach at GU (plus five years at GU as an administrative assistant/DOBO), but because of his local ties.

A Portland native, Michaelson was a basketball standout at Jesuit and was a redshirt walk-on at GU in 2020, and before graduating in 2005 he earned a scholarship for his senior year and was named co-captain.  In his five years at GU he was part of five NCAA Tournament teams before leaving for the business world after graduation and then returning to work for Coach Few in 2008.

His UP tie is his sister, Emily, who all followers of UP soccer know was a big part of the Pilots National Championship team in 2005 before graduating in 2008.

The only three coaches currently on my list to replace TP whenever he or the university decides it's time to make a change are:

1. Jim Shaw, currently the associate head coach at WSU
2. Brian Michaelson, assistant at GU
3. Ben Sullivan, assistant for the Milwaukee Bucks

I'm sure there are plenty of other names that will be brought up between now and whenever, but who will take the challenge of turning the program around, and at what risk to their reputations?
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Post by bobtcat2 on Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:03 am

I will. I was a mediocre player in high school, so on the theory that the better the player, the worse the coach, I'm the man. I'd do it for 50K plus a free gym membership.

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Post by wrv on Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:56 am

Dean Murdoch wrote:Well the Gonzaga assistant with obvious Portland ties is Brian Michaelson... given that Gonzaga has been moderately more successful than Portland the last few years, would the Pilots program be a tough sell for a guy like that?

Is it too far outside the box to think that one of the current assistants could fill the position: Johnson or Geving?

They both seem competent to me, though it would be unusual, and courageous to give them a shot.

Sullivan and Michaelson might well be less qualified than one of the current assistants.

Shaw brings significant experience.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:48 am

bobtcat2 wrote:I will.  I was a mediocre player in high school, so on the theory that the better the player, the worse the coach,  I'm the man.  I'd do it for 50K plus a free gym membership.

I never played the sport. On the same theory I’ll do it for Only twice Terry’s contract. (MAC CLUB, of course)

5 years, no buyout clause.
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Post by bobtcat2 on Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:49 pm

This could quickly become a race to the bottom. I'll do it for all you can eat pregame pasta.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:21 pm

Ok, I’ll do it for triple Terry’s contract.

And free tuition for Sophie the cat

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Post by up7587 on Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:53 pm

Geezaldinho wrote:The next coach should have college HEAD coaching experience with a winning record.
Anywhere will do.

Geezaldinho wrote:I never played the sport. On the same theory I’ll do it for Only twice Terry’s contract. (MAC CLUB, of course)

5 years, no buyout clause.

Norman wrote:Does not compute!
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Post by bobtcat2 on Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:44 pm

That's a good looking animal, merits a scholarship for sure.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:46 pm



Norman wrote:Does not compute!
That was before I learned of the latest theories on coaching qualifications.
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