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Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 5:51 pm

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Let's start a new, more positive thread to discuss. Formerly of Cincinnati and Penn State.  

http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/kia_damon_1019597.html

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Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 5:58 pm

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Interesting on a lot of levels.  Not young but not old.  

I need to get my arms around this, but I like her bio.

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Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 6:23 pm

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Roll Pards.   Looks like another solid hire.

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Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 6:30 pm

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Welcome Coach Damon!

This is pretty exciting. Coach Damon certainly appears to have the background and experience necessary for success in Division I basketball. It's definitely a plus that she played at Millersville U. of PA and coached up in Happy Valley - she knows the territory so she ought to be right at home on College Hill. Plus she holds a Master's degree, which I suspect was a requirement.


EDIT - anybody know the correct pronunciation of her last name? Long "a" or short?

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Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 6:55 pm

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Coach Damon is ready to binge out on House of Cards. Which is good. Cool

https://twitter.com/Key_ah_Tweets?lang=en

I'm thinking she'll bring a fresh and much-needed perspective to Kirby.

Just one season at Cincinnati? My guess is that Coach Damon has been searching diligently for a DI head coaching gig - and now she's got one.

Roll Pards.

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Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 10:42 pm

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Looking forward to meeting Coach Damon.   I sure would like to see more up tempo and a team that plays D.  An interview with her on You Tube indicates she enjoys working with teams at the bottom of the conference and making them better.  LC WBB is tailor made for that!

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 4:46 am

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My hope is she will be fully supported by the administration as she builds her staff and infrastructure around her!!

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:10 am

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Lafalum wrote:
My hope is she will be fully supported by the administration as she builds her staff and infrastructure around her!!


Totally agree.  Let's also hope that Coach Damon is a top notch recruiter.

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:41 am

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I'm curious about the process. Was there a committee vetting candidates like was done for the FB coaching job and if so, who was on it? Were there actual team members involved or was this strictly an administration decision. The level of confidence we have in the new FB coach is supported by the process used to pick him. I hope something similar occurred with this position.

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 8:04 am

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LC Fan wrote:
I'm curious about the process. Was there a committee vetting candidates like was done for the FB coaching job and if so, who was on it? Were there actual team members involved or was this strictly an administration decision. The level of confidence we have in the new FB coach is supported by the process used to pick him. I hope something similar occurred with this position.


Apparently used a private firm, Snodgrass Partners

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 8:22 am

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I see holes in her resume :1. No prior association with an academic college or a small college like Lafayette. 2. No indication she has cleaned up and rebuilt a program holes in her resume :

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 8:30 am

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I see holes in her resume :1. No prior association with an academic college or a small college like Lafayette. 2. No indication she has cleaned up and rebuilt a program holes in her resume :


I believe she was part of a rebuilding effort at Penn State.

She did coach at UMASS.

I get the impression she's a players coach - which they desperately need right now.

Hiring is an imperfect process - but I certainly like what I see so far.

Ultimately - she's a 'Pard now, which means she gets immunity from my intense scrutiny until 2020.
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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:04 am

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I am getting nothing on live stream!!!

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:22 am

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The Maroon wrote:


I believe she was part of a rebuilding effort at Penn State.




The "rebuilding" at Penn State was quite a bit different.   For a number of years PSU was one of the nation's strongest teams under Rene Portland.   Portland was strict and also very anti-lesbian in her recruiting approach.   For many years it didn't seem to be an issue, but then in the mid-2000's many of her statements that had remained under-the-radar for years began to garner national publicity.   Additionally she ran off a couple of players for not staying in the closet and was the subject of at least one lawsuit.   All of the bad publicity started to finally hurt her recruiting and caused some transfers.   Her PSU team went from 28 wins a couple of years earlier to a 15-16 record.   At that point, she was forced to resign - having put up a 606-236 record overall.

Her resignation caused more transfers, so there definitely was rebuilding to do, albeit to a program with a great tradition of winning.   It took Coquese Washington four years to restore the program to what it had been, but they were very strong for a four-year period ending in 2013-14.   For the last few years, however, PSU has been very mediocre and Washington's job has reportedly been in jeopardy.


One little bit of irony- Rene Portland was a 3-year teammate at Immaculata with Theresa Grentz.


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Congrats on the new hire.   On paper it looks like a big upgrade.   It was apparent from the start that Nolan and Grentz were questionable hires.   I don't see anything in Damon's background to indicate any issues.

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:25 am

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She's doing very well at the press conference.

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:27 am

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Awkward pause when Gary Laubach asked about the incoming recruits staying put. Looks like they're working on it. [/i]

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:29 am

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"I'm going to introduce fast pace offense to Easton PA"

"Run, run a lot. Run to get water. Run to the store."

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:37 am

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COACH DAMON: I want to build an aggressive program with top athletes - and beat Lehigh.

COACH DAMON WITH BRUCE McC AND PRES BYERLY IN HER EAR: Oh, yeah, and I want to build character and leadership and I see basketball as an extension of the greater educational process, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

COACH DAMON: Sorry, I forgot why I was here for a moment . . . this will be a fast-paced offense. Now go out and run, run, run. Run to get water. Run to the store!

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:40 am

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She was nervous, but impressive.  I really liked how she thanked those she had worked with along the way - classy.  A young, hungry new coach is what this program needs.  I am rooting for her to succeed.

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Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 10:53 am

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Ransom Stoddard wrote:
She was nervous, but impressive.  I really liked how she thanked those she had worked with along the way - classy.  A young, hungry new coach is what this program needs.  I am rooting for her to succeed.


Nervous? I'll say. First head coaching job and it's at an über hoity-toity Patriot League college with eyes looking down some very long noses at her from every angle. Millersville U. this ain't and I'm sure she feels the pressure. I'd be nervous, too.

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