During the end of most interviews with a coach I haven’t talked to a lot, I try to ask them – if they didn’t go down the path of coaching, what do they think they would be doing as a career.
Most will say teaching, because most love to teach on the court, why not off the court in the classroom. Hofstra’s Joe Mihalich admitted he was “okay” at math, but knew that the world would always need math teachers. Jeff Bower and Fairfield’s Sydney Johnson said they would teach history. St. Peter’s head coach John Dunne said he would have been a guidance counselor and so did Canisius’ Jim Baron. Monmouth’s King Rice said he would have went into broadcasting. Manhattan’s Steve Masiello said he would be a lawyer so he can continue to argue, and probably win more debates in court instead of the basketball court.
Over the past two months, two new head coaches have joined the two conferences I cover for the site, which gave me another opportunity to stump a coach or two.
Maine head coach Bob Walsh, who steps into his first Division I head coaching job when he takes the sidelines for the Black Bears in the fall, said he would have tried sportswriting or broadcasting.
“I figure if you can do it anybody can do it,” Walsh joked. “I went to graduate school for mass communications and I did some games on the radio.”
“I knew I wanted to be in the gym, so I always knew I wanted to coach, but I always knew I wanted to be involved in something athletics-related. Going to games and getting the best seats in the house and writing about them, seems like that would be pretty fun too.”
Marist head coach Mike Maker, when asked the same question went down a different path.
“Probably the Marine Corps,” Maker said. “My dad’s a Marine and I come from a military family. Maybe an officer in the Marine Corps.”
Ryan Restivo covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and America East conference for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.