Does Sacco measure up? Yes, this topic has been discussed as much as 12-year-old boys discuss video games and sex, and 13-year-old girls dish the dirt about who likes whom. (Hmmmm, I think that works with MHH men and MHH women as well. Ahhh, MHH, how I adore thee.) Anyway, Bourne's article is interesting because it touches on every point that we have in this debate. I particularly liked it because he ends with my biggest area of concern (and I know some other folks around here agree with me on this): his inability to adjust his system. Bourne had this to say about it:
BALANCE MOTIVATION WITH TECHNICAL COACHING
Certain coaches get stuck in one gear or the other, but you have to balance the two styles to a certain degree if you want to maximize your effectiveness. There are times when a guy needs a good kick in the ass and there are times when you’re losing because your systems don’t match up well against your opponents.
This is the area in which Sacco needs to work over the summer. I really do think he deserves a look at the beginning of next season, but if he can't do this, he should be replaced.
For those that want a quick peak, here are the other aspects Bourne believes a good coach should have:
- Establish Mutual Respect
- Don't Talk too Much