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NewXbo

Coaching Change

Apparently Yolanda Griffiths has left the women's basketball for another job. That will leave Coach Nolan with an entirely new staff. Pretty late in the season to find another top assistant.
SixtyEighter

I will repeat my observation from last winter - You could see the agony on Yolanda Griffith's face on the bench as she watched the poor play of the Lady Leopards unfold on the court.Her departure was inevitable.The timing is atrocious however.
NewXbo

Major announcement expected this week
pardfan

SixtyEighter wrote:
I will repeat my observation from last winter - You could see the agony on Yolanda Griffith's face on the bench as she watched the poor play of the Lady Leopards unfold on the court.Her departure was inevitable.The timing is atrocious however.


Hogwash.  I never saw that at all and I watched most games and several in person.  Coach Nolan has that program under control--with or without Ms. Griffith(s).
SixtyEighter

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts. To call the women's team mediocre is to compliment them. I know what I saw. Nevertheless her frustration does not excuse her precipitous departure.
Kpard

NewXbo wrote:
Major announcement expected this week


Tammy!?  Shocked  Confused  Rolling Eyes  Laughing  Wink
pardfan

SixtyEighter wrote:
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts. To call the women's team mediocre is to compliment them. I know what I saw. Nevertheless her frustration does not excuse her precipitous departure.


Griffiths was a "bump on a log" over on that bench and will not be missed.
BillS

NewXbo wrote:
Major announcement expected this week
That's Awesome news !!! Wow this make us relevant ☺
bball10

Kpard. Can you please stop using my name on this sight?  Move on please.. Why do you feel a need to continue?  Your seriously not funny!
bethlehempard

Is this it?
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/s...tar_kelly_apple.html#incart_river

Good luck to her but it's not a huge move.
Bogus Megapardus

bethlehempard wrote:
Is this it?
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/s...tar_kelly_apple.html#incart_river

Good luck to her but it's not a huge move.


Kelly Applegate Yolanda Griffiths.
 
 
NewXbo

BillS wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Major announcement expected this week
That's Awesome news !!! Wow this make us relevant ☺


Still a number one assistant to be named. Hopefully next week.
The Maroon

bball10 wrote:
Kpard. Can you please stop using my name on this sight?  Move on please.. Why do you feel a need to continue?  Your seriously not funny!


Do you have an RSS feed directly to this forum? For someone who has "never been happier" you seem to troll around here a lot.
bball10

I do I do.. At least I don't hide behind a bogus name!!
Bogus Megapardus

bball10 wrote:
I do I do.. At least I don't hide behind a bogus name!!


Now this is getting personal.   Laughing   What's all this infightiedness and disputery about?  Or is this a private lovers' quarrel . . . .
NewXbo

I'm told the new number one assistant, a national figure, will be announced this week.
Kpard

NewXbo wrote:
I'm told the new number one assistant, a national figure, will be announced this week.


Pat Summit!!!!  Laughing  Shocked

OMG I hope she's not on this board too!  Embarassed  Rolling Eyes
BillS

Kpard wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
I'm told the new number one assistant, a national figure, will be announced this week.


Pat Summit!!!!  Laughing  Shocked

OMG I hope she's not on this board too!  Embarassed  Rolling Eyes
Craig Robinson ?
carney2

NewXbo wrote:
I'm told the new number one assistant, a national figure, will be announced this week.


Insiders claim that it's down to Bobby Knight and Jerry Tarkanian.  Both are available and would welcome the "challenge."
Bogus Megapardus

carney2 wrote:
Insiders claim that it's down to Bobby Knight and Jerry Tarkanian.  Both are available and would welcome the "challenge."


Damn.  I was hoping for Meadowlark Lemon.
Kpard

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
carney2 wrote:
Insiders claim that it's down to Bobby Knight and Jerry Tarkanian.  Both are available and would welcome the "challenge."


Damn.  I was hoping for Meadowlark Lemon.


Alright! Now we're bloggin'!!!!!!! Laughing
NewXbo

I haven't confirmed it but I believe it is Theresa Grentz.  She played at Immaculata and coached at St Joes, Rutgers and Illinois.
bethlehempard

That would be huge and trump Griffiths.
Lafalum

bethlehempard wrote:
That would be huge and trump Griffiths.


explain
bethlehempard

Theresa Shank now Grentz was the star Mighty Mac on the title teams coached by Cathy Rush (this was a big deal in my household at the time). She coached in Philadelphia and at Rutgers and won a title before women's NCAA titles. She was at Illinois for years.
Her motive for being an assistant at Lafayette is the question.
bison137

bethlehempard wrote:
Theresa Shank now Grentz was the star Mighty Mac on the title teams coached by Cathy Rush (this was a big deal in my household at the time). She coached in Philadelphia and at Rutgers and won a title before women's NCAA titles. She was at Illinois for years.
Her motive for being an assistant at Lafayette is the question.



Yes, definitely a big name for those, like me, who have followed women's basketball for decades.  I agree with your question.   She must be close to 65, so I wonder how she will do on the recruiting trail.  One thing that is certain is that none of the recruits remember her last coaching job, with her having been retired for seven or eight years.   However I think she runs some camps, which may help in this aspect.
bethlehempard

For those not from the Philadelphia area or old enough to remember the Mighty Macs, it's hard to overstate the effect they had on female athletes.
This in an era when we has seven TV channels, no Internet and we got much of our sports fix from the radio (and I really miss our old AM outlet).
The Macs won three titles in an era when the Phillies, Eagles and 76ers were historically bad -- 9 and 73, anybody? -- and while the Flyers were winning a lot of people didn't care yet about hockey and the quality of the TV broadcasts was abysmal.
Philadelphia Textile's men had won a small-college men's title under Herb Magee then the Macs did their thing. Three in a row when women's games hardly ever got on TV.
In the Midwest some girls were still playing six-on-six.
The Macs were the most exciting thing in that region ever for women's sports.
Girls were excited about them and guys actually paid attention.
The closest local comparison was about 20 years ago when the Moravian women made a run to the D3 final and lost.
Grentz would be a great addition. Recruits won't remember her coaching career but they probably saw the movie.  
Plus she's a Philadelphia basketball lifer. More or less.
Andy

Coach Grentz - " I am committed to helping continue Lafayette College’s winning tradition.”

She realizes, doesn't she, that the Lafayette women haven't had a winning record, including in just PL play, in 16 years.
SixtyEighter

I will reserve comment on her mental faculties but that statement certainly puts them at issue and together with her versimilitude.
Bogus Megapardus

This looks to me like a terrific get for WBB.  The self-deprecating lot that we are, we have to presume that "something's wrong" here; otherwise why would a coach like Theresa Grentz come to lost little Lafayette, especially as a mere assistant?

We don't know her motivation.  Maybe there's something about Lafayette that Coach Grentz likes.  Maybe she's tired of being away from basketball competition.  Maybe she's been given a wink-and-a-nod about taking over as head coach after Dianne Nolan retires.  Who knows?  But for now, I like this move very much.

Coach Grentz has been running her own basketball academy for several years - Grentz Elite Coaching:

http://grentzelitecoaching.com/

That spells R-E-C-R-U-I-T-I-N-G.
carney2

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
This looks to me like a terrific get for WBB.  The self-deprecating lot that we are, we have to presume that "something's wrong" here; otherwise why would a coach like Theresa Grentz come to lost little Lafayette, especially as a mere assistant?

We don't know her motivation.  Maybe there's something about Lafayette that Coach Grentz likes.  Maybe she's tired of being away from basketball competition.  Maybe she's been given a wink-and-a-nod about taking over as head coach after Dianne Nolan retires.  Who knows?  But for now, I like this move very much.  That spells R-E-C-R-U-I-T-I-N-G.


Maybe she's a buddy of Dianne Nolan.  Maybe she needs something to wile away the long winter hours.  Maybe she needs to be needed.  Maybe it's "in the neighborhood."  Maybe...
Bogus Megapardus

carney2 wrote:
Maybe she's a buddy of Dianne Nolan.  Maybe she needs something to wile away the long winter hours.  Maybe she needs to be needed.  Maybe it's "in the neighborhood."  Maybe...


All those things.  Great recruiting and results on the court will shut everyone up real fast.  We can only hope.
bison137

Bogus Megapardus wrote:

We don't know her motivation.  . . . Maybe she's been given a wink-and-a-nod about taking over as head coach after Dianne Nolan retires.  



That is certainly possible - but Grentz is only a few months younger than Diane Nolan.
pardfan

bethlehempard wrote:
For those not from the Philadelphia area or old enough to remember the Mighty Macs, it's hard to overstate the effect they had on female athletes.
This in an era when we has seven TV channels, no Internet and we got much of our sports fix from the radio (and I really miss our old AM outlet).
The Macs won three titles in an era when the Phillies, Eagles and 76ers were historically bad -- 9 and 73, anybody? -- and while the Flyers were winning a lot of people didn't care yet about hockey and the quality of the TV broadcasts was abysmal.
Philadelphia Textile's men had won a small-college men's title under Herb Magee then the Macs did their thing. Three in a row when women's games hardly ever got on TV.
In the Midwest some girls were still playing six-on-six.
The Macs were the most exciting thing in that region ever for women's sports.
Girls were excited about them and guys actually paid attention.
The closest local comparison was about 20 years ago when the Moravian women made a run to the D3 final and lost.
Grentz would be a great addition. Recruits won't remember her coaching career but they probably saw the movie.  
Plus she's a Philadelphia basketball lifer. More or less.



Excellent observations.  I grew up about a mile from the school.  Theresa was THE big star.  Immaculata College--an all-girls college then (small, adjoining corn fields...great setting)--was waaaay ahead of its time when it came to women's basketball.  Cathy Rush was the coach as I recall.  Missed the movie.
adcs2

Grentz and Dianne are friends. Coach Nolan had her up last year to watch some practices, speak to the team and offer up her observations.  She tweeted about having a special guest on campus in the past so not surprised at this announcement. Hope it makes an impact.
bethlehempard

http://mobile.philly.com/sports/?...sports/colleges/&id=288344571
Franks Tanks

bethlehempard wrote:
http://mobile.philly.com/sports/?...sports/colleges/&id=288344571


Great story!  The Mighty Macs are a big part of Philly basketball lore.  Her and Fran must have some great stories to tell.
SixtyEighter

She needs to consult with the men as well. Klewinski will love the part about hit the guy coming  through the middle so hard when he wakes up his clothes will be out of style.

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