This marketing theme has always made me uncomfortable. How do we know that we will? What happens if we don't?
Athletic success begins with good coaching and recruiting, not slogans, buildings, and hype. Does ADNP realize this?
We all wish Coach Chesney a smashing success, but a "nationwide search" it was not. Because Tom Gilmore was kept on board years after his sell-by date and had to be fired in the middle of the season, there was no time for that.
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1. If it does not happen right away, we will keep trying. 2. Of course he does, hence the new coach and staff. Surely you are smart enough to not ask such a silly, rhetorical question. Or does a dislike of ADNP color your point of view (as it does some others)? 3. There were candidates and applications from across the country so, in fact, it was a "nationwide search." Perhaps you have a different idea of what such a search entails. (Again, refer to answer #2) After all, you must have read some of the complaints that the search was taking far too long. From the result, I would say it took just long enough.
This marketing theme has always made me uncomfortable. How do we know that we will? What happens if we don't? Not sure it makes me "uncomfortable," but have never cared for it. "We Will" what? Win? If so, say that. Win the league championship? Say that. "We Will" makes as much sense as "I Am" as in "I think, therefore I am."
Athletic success begins with good coaching and recruiting, not slogans, buildings, and hype. Does ADNP realize this? I am sure he knows this at least as well as any poster here. Of course, Nate is not a coach or a recruiter. That's not his job. His job is to select, groom and care for great coaches who do those things and also to "build" which he has excelled at. Slogans, almost by definition, can be accepted well or hated in equal measures.
We all wish Coach Chesney a smashing success, but a "nationwide search" it was not. Because Tom Gilmore was kept on board years after his expired date and had to be fired in the middle of the season, there was no time for that. It was, in fact, a nationwide search. However, selecting someone across town gives the perception it wasn't. While that's too bad that's the perception, that's not accurate. And, for my money, Chesney is an excellent hire but only time will bear that out.
While I too am not crazy about the #wewill slogan, I think it was a nice kickoff to a new era of Crusader athletics. As to your apparent disdain for ADNP and the search process, it might be best to observe the results before drawing any conclusions.
Post by A Clock Tower Purple on Dec 27, 2017 23:22:49 GMT -5
Hash tags or not, at least this athletic admin is trying unlike the DR era where staffers in the back office in the field house sat around with their legs up on their desks, yapping on personal calls, treated marketing like it was when Gerald Ford was in office, and hardest decision they had to make was whether do lunch from noon to 2 or 1 to 3.
I'm all aboard the Chesney train...won't "judge" him (unless there are extraordinary circumstances) until his 3rd, 4th year....
He has a very tough job ahead of him....both the HC administration and Gilmore have left the program in tatters ovah the last 25 years (admin) and 14 years (Gilmore) case. Truth be told, it was more the admin's fault but Gilmore didn't help mattahs.
We will be terrible on a W/L basis next year....but if Chesney shows some life in the program, I'll be all Team Chez...I might even get some cool Ray-Bans to wear for the games.
Is it any surprise that those who whine the most and suck up a fair bit of the oxygen in the room around here never seem to show their face at the varied events and outreach that meaningfully support the program? The whining is often comical but equally pathetic.
Having met and engaged countless Crusaders who truly bleed purple in supporting the Crusaders, their standards in defining support rise far above merely banging on a keyboard.
I DO like and appreciate ADNP. The pieces are now being put in place for a Holy Cross sports renaissance:
1.) Vastly improved funding via the Crusader Athletics Fund (If you have not donated, please DO!) 2.) A string of very good coaching hires in a variety of sports 3.) Beefed up sports marketing and public relations via new positions, new hires and new programs. 4.) Vastly improved video broadcasts of games in a wide variety of sports. This is not only good for fans, but supports recruiting of distant athletes whose families can now follow their careers. 5.) An outstanding upgrade of our athletic facilities, which promotes recruiting, the athlete experience and improves team readiness and moral.
The glass is half full, guys and gals! And the level is rising. Substantial change is happening! Now is the time to stop caterwauling and start to lend your meaningful support (See #1 above).
Despite losing a very large group of key contributors and despite an uptick in strength of schedule I think we might equal last year's 4-7 record. Perhaps I am putting on the old purple sunglasses but if the ball bounces our way a bit, overall team speed improves, the young QB grows up quick, the new staff works like a charm, we strike gold with an incoming recruit, and we avoid the injury bug then we can win 3ish in the Patriot League and pull off an upset OOC. That is 4 wins the way I count it.
Then next year we recruit like gangbusters....and the rest is history.
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