Tennessee looking to add Lexie Barrier to the staff?

#51
#51
At this point, it’s not even debatable that the coaching staff and every single hire has been a plus.
It’s irrelevant to discuss recruiting without acknowledging what CKC and her staff has accomplished in one month in the transfer portal.

And no, it’s not the same as the previous staff.

Four P5 transfers with one to three years of starter experience in the ACC & SEC.

By any stretch of the imagination, the SEC is not going to be a conference where CKC will not be able to compete in from Day 1 with her track record.

Every year opposing coaches and teams on this forum get overstated and praised no matter the outcome.

Even teams with the same level of success as Tennessee in recent years get the benefit of the doubt on this forum.

The buzz in Knoxville is very high right now. And this is another quality and intriguing hire.
It’s not always about what you know but who you know.
A lot of people on here are confusing their knowledge with basic reasoning to translate to what today’s AAU circuit and high school recruiting is in terms of speaking as if every single recruiter/coach must have prior P5 experience.

This is false. And CKC has proved its false in just one month.

There are AAU coaches that are influencing high school players decision that you never heard of and not simply just in connection with any so called major P5 college coach(es) but prior affiliation(s) with their AAU program.


Just because you claim to not know a person doesn’t mean the AAU circuit players, coaches, and parents don’t.


This new coach has already built a reputation and it’s comical to pretend it’s not a good move.

 
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#52
#52
At this point, it’s not even debatable that the coaching staff and every single hire has been a plus.
It’s irrelevant to discuss recruiting without acknowledging what CKC and her staff has accomplished in one month in the transfer portal.

And no, it’s not the same as the previous staff.

Four P5 transfers with one to three years of starter experience in the ACC & SEC.

By any stretch of the imagination, the SEC is not going to be a conference where CKC will not be able to compete in from Day 1 with her track record.

Every year opposing coaches and teams on this forum get overstated and praised no matter the outcome.

Even teams with the same level of success as Tennessee in recent years get the benefit of the doubt on this forum.

The buzz in Knoxville is very high right now. And this is another quality and intriguing hire.
It’s not always about what you know but who you know.
A lot of people on here are confusing their knowledge with basic reasoning to translate to what today’s AAU circuit and high school recruiting is in terms of speaking as if every single recruiter/coach must have prior P5 experience.

This is false. And CKC has proved its false in just one month.

There are AAU coaches that are influencing high school players decision that you never heard of and not simply just in connection with any so called major P5 college coach(es) but prior affiliation(s) with their AAU program.


Just because you claim to not know a person doesn’t mean the AAU circuit players, coaches, and parents don’t.


This new coach has already built a reputation and it’s comical to pretend it’s not a good move.


Let me put it to like this, Dawn Staley didn't go out and get Nikki McCray and/or Jolette law because the were young and up and comers. She wanted to compete and win. To do that she had to put best, experienced basketball minds with connections to players at the elite level that she could get to do that. Same with Kim Mulkey. She went right out and got Bob Starkey when she went to LSU. Bob Starkey has a long Resume that stretches decades and he knows everyone and that matters. Great coaches are great leaders who can lead anybody, even coaches on their staffs with more experience and aren't afraid to share their opinions. Pat summitt said it best, " you win with people." You have to surround yourself with great people and in basketball that's great coaches and that's why she always had the best assistants in the game.
 
#53
#53
How in the hell can anyone say they are opposed to this hire of an assistant coach by KIM CALDWELL? How the hell can anyone pass judgement on her for God's sake. Caldwell knows of her from her time at MARSHALL and from her time at JAMES MADISON. I am sure she will be able to help KIM here at TENNESSEE. JESUS!!!!!! I don't understand such animosity. As a MARSHALL alum, it really pisses me off!!!
It's The VolNation Way.

Nevermind these crabby individuals.😜😜

These NegaVols piss me off as well.
 
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Let me put it to like this, Dawn Staley didn't go out and get Nikki McCray and/or Jolette law because the were young and up and comers. She wanted to compete and win. To do that she had to put best, experienced basketball minds with connections to players at the elite level that she could get to do that. Same with Kim Mulkey. She went right out and got Bob Starkey when she went to LSU. Bob Starkey has a long Resume that stretches decades and he knows everyone and that matters. Great coaches are great leaders who can lead anybody, even coaches on their staffs with more experience and aren't afraid to share their opinions. Pat summitt said it best, " you win with people." You have to surround yourself with great people and in basketball that's great coaches and that's why she always had the best assistants in the game.
Don’t most teams have a couple lead assistants(Tubner, and Lazo for the Lady Vols)…. The rest are typically less experienced but highly thought of by the head coach. I,honestly, don’t have a clue who is a good assistant and who isn’t.
 
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It’s a bad hire imo because she doesn’t have any High D1 experience or SEC experience. I personally would have gone the route of a more experienced coach that has had been a head coach at the D1 level or have been at the power 5 level
Let's see now. What High D1 and SEC team in, say…Knoxville, had, for about the past dozen years, give or take, a coaching staff or staffs just loaded with people with High D1 experience?
And how did that work out?

I know. It's an unfair question. Everybody knows (as those lacking evidence are wont to say…)
that our recent misfortunes are, without exception, due to the malfeasance and generally lackadaisical behavior of a certain nameless assistant coach. Nobody on a certain fanboard could quite figure out what he did or didn't do, so it must have been his fault. But he had experience at the “power 5 level”, and the confidence of the head coach.

Now that there is some badly twisted logic. Maybe we should apply it to posters as well as coaches? Oooops! Forgot the blue tint again.


Edited to add: Coach Barrier was added to the staff because she has the single most important credential. She can be there tomorrow, or maybe sooner. 😁
 
#59
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I’m not dissing this hire at all but I would point out that the results of your team when you were the graduate assistant as proof of your abilities is a bit of a stretch.
That's why I put her time at NC State under "experiences." She's observed what is needed behind the scenes to maintain that level of consistency.
 
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#60
lol being mad at the fourth assistant hire is beyond even my imagining. This young lady has been at James freakin Madison. What possible harm could she have done?
That should be a poll….who is the best 4th assistant in college basketball. Bonus points if you can where they went to school. Double bonus if you can name a WNBA player they developed.
 
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How in the hell can anyone say they are opposed to this hire of an assistant coach by KIM CALDWELL? How the hell can anyone pass judgement on her for God's sake. Caldwell knows of her from her time at MARSHALL and from her time at JAMES MADISON. I am sure she will be able to help KIM here at TENNESSEE. JESUS!!!!!! I don't understand such animosity. As a MARSHALL alum, it really pisses me off!!!
Pretty aggressive post for an outsider to tell Tennessee fans how to feel. Not sure this approach will go over well, see how upset USCjr fans get when you call them Jr. Nobody checks degrees, so no flex needed.
 
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That should be a poll….who is the best 4th assistant in college basketball. Bonus points if you can where they went to school. Double bonus if you can name a WNBA player they developed.
I could put my 4 year old grandson as 4th assistant and nobody should care.

Unpaid thou, can't break those child labor laws.
 
#64
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As Marshall alum, you know what it is to go and watch low division one sports at your alma mater. As a Marshall alum, you know that Tennessee is a power five program, not a division 2 or small division 1 team. Marshall plays in a league that gets an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament. You have to win the tournament to even qualify because of the strength of the league is that low.

Opposed or not to this hire, you have to have the connections with the elite players that are going to play in the power 5 leagues to be of substantial help to a team at Tennessee' level and when those players arrive you need to gain the respect of those players and Resume helps. Kim Caldwell may be able to coach her butt off and be one of the greatest strategic coaches in the SEC (we don't know yet) but if she can't get the players at this level it don't matter if she's the greatest coach to Grace the SEC.

To put that in perspective, they say Dawn Staley is one of the best around right now, but she didn't win when she entered the SEC. She didn't win until she started to get the players (mind you, she put great well known assistants around her to help her do this) and that still took about 6 to 7 years of recruiting for her to be able to compete. You can be pissed off, but you're from the outside looking into (because you remind this board your a Marshall alum consistently)a program that has been among the best of the best even in its down years, including the last 5.
Well, luckily, there’s more than one way to achieve a goal….we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes in terms of contacts. High school coaches carry a lot of weight with their players, so networking with them is important. Kim has the personality to do so. I have no doubt she’s going to bring a championship back to the Lady Vols. I don’t know when that will happen, but as long as she makes us truly competitive again, I’m willing to wait.

And lay off Marshall alums.
 
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That should be a poll….who is the best 4th assistant in college basketball. Bonus points if you can where they went to school. Double bonus if you can name a WNBA player they developed.
We are investing. If you play the market, you don’t come home with the bags without risk…and risk can be calculated.
 
#68
#68
Let me put it to like this, Dawn Staley didn't go out and get Nikki McCray and/or Jolette law because the were young and up and comers. She wanted to compete and win. To do that she had to put best, experienced basketball minds with connections to players at the elite level that she could get to do that. Same with Kim Mulkey. She went right out and got Bob Starkey when she went to LSU. Bob Starkey has a long Resume that stretches decades and he knows everyone and that matters. Great coaches are great leaders who can lead anybody, even coaches on their staffs with more experience and aren't afraid to share their opinions. Pat summitt said it best, " you win with people." You have to surround yourself with great people and in basketball that's great coaches and that's why she always had the best assistants in the game.
I’m old enough to remember the days when all you needed was NIL to compete to win championships. Now, it’s the 4th best bench coach gets you the glory.
 
#71
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At this point, it’s not even debatable that the coaching staff and every single hire has been a plus.
It’s irrelevant to discuss recruiting without acknowledging what CKC and her staff has accomplished in one month in the transfer portal.

And no, it’s not the same as the previous staff.

Four P5 transfers with one to three years of starter experience in the ACC & SEC.

By any stretch of the imagination, the SEC is not going to be a conference where CKC will not be able to compete in from Day 1 with her track record.

Every year opposing coaches and teams on this forum get overstated and praised no matter the outcome.

Even teams with the same level of success as Tennessee in recent years get the benefit of the doubt on this forum.

The buzz in Knoxville is very high right now. And this is another quality and intriguing hire.
It’s not always about what you know but who you know.
A lot of people on here are confusing their knowledge with basic reasoning to translate to what today’s AAU circuit and high school recruiting is in terms of speaking as if every single recruiter/coach must have prior P5 experience.

This is false. And CKC has proved its false in just one month.

There are AAU coaches that are influencing high school players decision that you never heard of and not simply just in connection with any so called major P5 college coach(es) but prior affiliation(s) with their AAU program.


Just because you claim to not know a person doesn’t mean the AAU circuit players, coaches, and parents don’t.


This new coach has already built a reputation and it’s comical to pretend it’s not a good move.


It’s right there in the twitter…. She has a connection with WV Thunder and WV Thunder AAU program is in Huntington. Can she flip Leah Macy and D. Alexander. If so, let’s welcome Lexie with open arms.
 
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Let me put it to like this, Dawn Staley didn't go out and get Nikki McCray and/or Jolette law because the were young and up and comers. She wanted to compete and win. To do that she had to put best, experienced basketball minds with connections to players at the elite level that she could get to do that. Same with Kim Mulkey. She went right out and got Bob Starkey when she went to LSU. Bob Starkey has a long Resume that stretches decades and he knows everyone and that matters. Great coaches are great leaders who can lead anybody, even coaches on their staffs with more experience and aren't afraid to share their opinions. Pat summitt said it best, " you win with people." You have to surround yourself with great people and in basketball that's great coaches and that's why she always had the best assistants in the game.
I absolutely agree. she needed a veteran on her staff like Bob Starkey. That’s why we thought the move could have been better. However it is what it is
 
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Don’t most teams have a couple lead assistants(Tubner, and Lazo for the Lady Vols)…. The rest are typically less experienced but highly thought of by the head coach. I,honestly, don’t have a clue who is a good assistant and who isn’t.
Tubner and Lazo should be considered the 2nd and 3rd assistants… they are like Grady from South Carolina and Gary from LSU. She needs a person in the top chair like a Boyer at South Carolina, Bob Starkey at LSU, Stephanie Norman at Louisville, Kate Paye who is now the head coach at Stanford, a Jan Jensen who is now the head coach at Iowa, and like C Dailey at UConn.
 
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