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COLLEGE COACH: PREVIEW Q&A's

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By Shawn Siegel

shawn@collegehoops.net

July 3rd, 2006

 

Duquesne: Ron Everhart

It's hard to imagine a college basketball going through a bigger change than Duquesne.  First year head coach Ron Everhart has brought in 10 new players, and just two Dukes remain from last year's 3-24 team.  Change has been good to Everhart though, as he's helped turn around the  McNeese State and most recently Northeastern programs.

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CHN: I know it's hard to answer many questions with so much change, but what should we expect to be the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s team?


RE:  We are going to have pretty much a brand new roster this seasons.  Sort of like a fresh start.  I know this team will have a good attitude and work ethic.  The challenge will be in blending so many new guys together and establishing team chemistry.
 

CHN: What have the two returning players been up to?

 

RE:  I can say that the two players who are returning - Kieron Achara and Aaron Jackson - have done everything we've asked of them.  It has been unusual to have just two players here, but they have worked very hard on their conditioning.
 

CHN: You obviously will have a whole bunch of new faces coming in.  Who do you think will make the biggest impact?

RE:   As far as immediate impact goes Stuard Baldonado should be able to step in and help.  As a junior college player he brings a lot of experience to the program.  Physically, at 6-7, 225 pounds he is ready for the rigors of Atlantic 10 play.  With our younger players it will almost be a coin flip.  We have guys like Destin Damachoua and Stephen Wood among others who have the talent to develop into real solid players.  I just don't know at this time how much impact they'll have right away."

 

CHN: What other coaches really helped you reach the level of success you’re at now?  How does their advice and teachings still help you to this day?

RE:  Coaches I've been around on every level have had an influence on me.  I had a chance to play under Coach Wootten at DeMatha.  From him I learned the importance of game preparation.  We always simulated game situations in practice.  We could be down two with three seconds left and as players we always knew we had a chance to win because we were so well prepared.  Chances are we'd already worked on something for that situation in practice.  I also admire his demeanor on the bench.  He was always calm in the face of adversity.  He never lost his composure.  I would love to emulate that.  My college coach, Charles Moir at Virginia Tech, was a great offensive tactical coach.  We ran the triangle offense back then.  I also liked the philosophy of attacking the defense after a made basket.  He had some great offensive sets.  I've also learned from current coaches like Bob Huggins, Rick Pitino and Tim Floyd.

CHN:
Realistically, discuss what your goals and hopes are for this season despite so many unknowns.

RE:  My hope is to always compete for a championship.  Anything less would be disappointing to me and I'm sure to our team.

 

CHN: Thanks for your time Ron.

 

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