Maine and Hartford have been in Division I basketball for a combined six decades (Maine joined in 1977, Hartford in 1984), and have a grand total of zero NCAA Tournament appearances between them, so while many coaches and programs talk about “upholding the tradition”, what do you do when there’s not much to work with?
Maine has had just one winning record in its last 12 seasons (2009-10), but there’s a little to talk about there, as Dr. John Giannini – who went to the Sweet 16 with La Salle in 2013 – went 24-7 in 1999-2000 before they lost at Mike Brey and Delaware in the America East semifinals. Giannini had one more 20-win season in Orono, losing at Vermont in the conference final in 2003-04, before heading to Philadelphia.
Continue reading “Hartford 54, Maine 44: Two Programs Trying To Build Something”
There was one thing Maine head coach Bob Walsh realized quickly about freshman Issac Vann. Continue reading “Maine’s Issac Vann Excelling In His First Season”
After last season, Maine head coach Bob Walsh and his staff decided to make one dramatic change. Continue reading “Maine Embracing Up Tempo Style Under Bob Walsh”
Just under a year into his tenure as head coach, Maine’s Bob Walsh is confident that he will be able to rebuild the Black Bear program, even after struggling through a 3-27 first season. Continue reading “Maine’s Bob Walsh Moving On From Tough First Season”
While most of the college basketball world was fixated on postseason play last weekend, Maine head coach Bob Walsh was on the other side of the world. Continue reading “Maine’s Bob Walsh On His Experience In Lebanon”
UMBC is the only team that hasn’t opened up America East play, but before the Retrievers do tomorrow at UMass Lowell, here is a breakdown of whose stock is up and down after the holiday break. Continue reading “America East Stock Watch: Jan. 6”
In each team’s final non-conference matchup of 2014, Quinnipiac defeated Maine 81-64. The final margin may be indicative of the quality gap between these two squads, but the Black Bears showed toughness as they nearly erased a 17-point first half deficit. Here are three thoughts from Quinnipiac’s victory. Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Quinnipiac 81, Maine 64”
When new Marist head coach Mike Maker was asked what the most difficult question he’d heard during his interview on campus, it sounded like he knew his answer before I even finished asking. Continue reading “Stop Calling Mike Maker, Bob Walsh Division III Coaches”
During the end of most interviews with a coach I haven’t talked to a lot, I try to ask them – if they didn’t go down the path of coaching, what do they think they would be doing as a career. Continue reading “Coaches Diverse Answers to Alternate Career Paths”