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By Shawn Siegel

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.


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.

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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