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COLLEGE HEAD COACH: PREVIEW Q&A's

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By Shawn Siegel

shawn@collegehoops.net

October 9th, 2006

 

Providence Head Coach: Tim Welsh

 

Tim WelshAfter losing star forward Ryan Gomes to the NBA Draft, Tim Welsh's Friars struggled to a 12-15 record last season.  Still, things are looking up for the future as Providence returns just about everybody from last year's team, and with every major contributor a junior or younger, the best is yet to come.

 

Shawn Siegel (CHN): How will you deal with the graduation of Donnie McGrath?

 

Tim Welsh (TW): It is going to be difficult to replace the leadership and experience that Donnie McGrath provided us last season. However, sophomore Sharaud Curry had a solid freshman season and should be ready to step up. As a rookie point guard, Sharaud led the team in assists and earned Big East All-Rookie Team honors.


 

CHN: What will the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s team to be?


TW: Our strength will be our frontcourt with the return of Herbert Hill, Randall Hanke and Geoff McDermott. Herbert is 6-10 and is an athletic big man who gives us a solid defensive presence up front. Randall is the top returning scorer on the team and he continues to get bigger and better. He had an outstanding sophomore season for us and led the nation in field goal percentage at 67.7 percent. Geoff was a force on the boards and filled a huge void left by the departure of Ryan Gomes to the NBA. He was a Big East All-Rookie pick and finished second among freshman in the nation in rebounding. Our weakness will be the relative inexperience in the backcourt where we will need to try to find a replacement for Donnie McGrath who graduated and ranks first all-time at PC in three-pointers, games started and minutes played and 17th in scoring.

 

 

CHN: Talk about some of your guys that stand out as being unheralded leaders and contributors?

 

TW: Charles Burch, Herbert Hill and Sharaud Curry are three players who immediately come to mind. They always work hard in practice and we’ll need their leadership both on and off the court this season.


 

CHN: What should we expect out of the incoming players. Who will make the biggest impact?

TW:  Freshman guards Jamal Barney and Brian McKenzie will need to contribute. Jamal is a 6-3 combination guard from Baltimore and once scored 58 points in a game in high school, while Brian is a 6-4 shooting guard from Brooklyn. Up front, we’ve added Ray Hall, a 6-11, 275 pound center from Denver. He has great size and was the runner-up for the Colorado Player of the Year.

 

 

CHN: What other coaches have helped you reach the level of success you're at now?

TW: Two great coaches, my father Jerry Welsh and my mentor at Syracuse Jim Boeheim, had a tremendous impact on my coaching career. My father always taught me to be persistent and work hard and that work ethic and philosophy continues to serve me well.


 

CHN: Realistically, what are your goals for this season?

TW: We’ll be young again, but hopefully we can come together as a team and peak at the end of the year and get back to the postseason.

 

 

CHN: Thanks for your time Coach.

 

TW: Your welcome. I also want to let everyone know that this season we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Final Four team and there will be a special gala event in May.

 

Don’t forget you can obtain more information on Providence College at www.friars.com.

 

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