College Basketball's Best Coaches
CollegeHoops.net is lucky to have access to some of the best coaches in college basketball. As part of our preseason interview series, we thought it would be appropriate to ask these basketball minds about the best things that their team and college basketball has to offer.
Tom Pecora: Hofstra
We continue this month long Q&A Series with 9th year coach Tom Pecora, who has led the Pride to three NITs. Coach Pecora was kind enough to take some time out of his busy preseason schedule to answer questions for CollegeHoops.net:
CollegeHoops.net) What will be the best strength of this year's team?
Tom Pecora) Our depth. This is probably the deepest team we've had in my time here. We have six quality big men that we can rotate down low, and we have several quality guards who can handle the ball and score. We'll be able to withstand injuries or foul trouble better than in the past.
CHN) Who is the biggest leader on this year's squad?
TP) Charles Jenkins. He's tough, focused and has great work habits. Even though he's only a sophomore, he has already taken over much of the leadership reins.
CHN) Tie score, with just a few seconds left … who will be your go-to guy in those situations?
TP) Charles Jenkins. We want the ball in his hands in pressure situations, because we trust him to either score or make the right decision. He made a lot of big plays for us last year as a freshman, and we expect more of the same this year.
CHN) What's the best change you've made in your coaching style in recent seasons?
TP) We have become a better rebounding team. We have put an extra emphasis on rebounding drills in practice, and it has paid dividends in games. Everyone on our team, whether its guards or big men, really takes pride in their ability to rebound the ball.
CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?
TP) We have the talent and depth to be a postseason team again. We feel like we established Hofstra as a program that is in the mix for the postseason every year, although we hit a bit of a speed bump last season. This year, we are hoping to get things back on track again.
CHN) Off the court, what opportunities has being a coach allowed you to enjoy?
TP) In August, I had the great opportunity to participate in Operation Hardwood and visit our troops in Kuwait and Iraq. It was a life-changing experience, and a great opportunity to give thanks to the men and women who are serving our country overseas.