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CHughes1102
03-13-2013, 12:07 PM
Mine would be Lennie Acuff from UAH.


http://www.uahchargers.com/images/2011/11/30/Lennie%20Acuff.jpg

His teams seem to always be ranked in the top 10. Ended this season #9. First ever Division II team to be invited to the Pre Season NIT where they beat North Texas, which is the same team we lost to twice.


The Chargers have enjoyed 13-of-15 winning seasons, appeared in the Gulf South Conference tournament 12 times (1999, 2000, ‘01, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11 and '12), won at least a share of five GSC Eastern Division Championships (2000, ‘03, ‘10, ‘11 and '12) and earned six trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament (2000, ‘03, ‘06, ‘10, ‘11 and ‘12) under Acuff’s leadership.

The GSC tournament berths, GSC East championships and NCAA tournament appearances are all first-time accomplishments for UAH men’s basketball. Acuff has also been named GSC Coach of the Year a conference-record six times (1999, 2003, ‘05, ‘10, ‘11, and ‘12).


http://www.uahchargers.com/coaches.aspx?rc=57&path=mbball

dgoebel
03-13-2013, 12:21 PM
Seems like a good coach, but he has been there 16 years. Why hasn't he been snapped up?

WeSuck.com
03-15-2013, 09:30 AM
Orlando Antigua
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1f/Orlando-Antigua.jpg/220px-Orlando-Antigua.jpg

Assistant Coach Kentucky
Assistant Coach Dominican Republic National Team
Assistant Coach Memphis
Assistant Coach Pittsburgh
Head Coach - Republic of Dominca U-17 PanAmerican Games team
Member - Harlem Globetrotters
Dominican Republic National Team, player
Player - Univ. of Pittsburgh

Named one of Yahoo! Sports top 10 college basketball recruiters
Listed by ESPN.com as the top assistant coach in the country under the age of 40

I can dream, can't I? The guy just turned 40. He has done nothing but win at every level. Has a great story. And obviously, he connects with kids. He might even find a decent high school player or two.

Most likely out of our price range, but who knows give him a call. Sell him on the Arena and the opportunity to dominate a league. Let's face it, if Kermit Davis and Monte Towe figured it out, this guy could too. Besides, outside of Western Kentucky, who is in a position to dominate? And it ain't like Western has run all over us since we joined the conference. We either win, blow huge leads or lose in overtime to them and they have about 60 years of history behind their program.


Orlando Antigua is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Wildcats after spending one season with Calipari at Memphis.

Known for his eye for talent on the recruiting trail, Antigua has helped UK pull in four straight top-ranked recruiting classes. In his initial season with the Wildcats, Antigua saw three of his recruits drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. As a result, he was named one of Yahoo! Sports top 10 college basketball recruiters. In May of 2012, he was listed by ESPN.com as the top assistant coach in the country under the age of 40.

When he joined the Memphis staff in 2008, the Tigers were the winningest program over a three-year span in NCAA Division I history, recording 104 victories from 2005-08. So what did Antigua do? He helped coach the Tigers to a 33-4 record and a spot in the 2009 NCAA Sweet 16. For the fourth straight season, the Tigers took the regular season and tournament titles, going undefeated in C-USA three of the four years.

Prior to his brief stay in Memphis, Antigua worked at his alma mater, Pittsburgh. During his five years at Pitt, he helped lead the Panthers to an overall record of 132-40 (.767 winning percentage) and a Big East Conference mark of 55-27 (.670 winning percentage). Pittsburgh recorded five straight 20-win campaigns and won 10 or more league games five consecutive years.

The Panthers had just as much success in the postseason during Antigua's years. The Panthers earned NCAA Tournament bids all five of Antigua's years and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2004 and 2007.

Antigua's first stint with Pittsburgh was his collegiate playing days from 1991-95. A four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain, Antigua ranks in the top 15 on the Panthers' all-time 3-pointers made (14th with 117 treys), blocked shots (14th with 78 swats) and career 3-point percentage (seventh at 38.6 percent).

A 1992 Big East Conference All-Rookie Team pick, Antigua helped lead the Panthers to an 18-16 record and a National Invitation Tournament berth as a freshman. The following year, Antigua's Panthers went 17-11 and earned an NCAA Tournament bid. In 1994, he was named the United States Basketball Writers' Association Most Courageous Athlete, an honor presented annually to the college basketball player who displays courage on and off the court. Antigua graduated from Pittsburgh with a degree in social sciences in December 1995.

After graduation, Antigua was selected to play for the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters, becoming the first player of Latin American descent to play for the squad. Nicknamed "Hurricane" for his dazzling moves, Antigua played with the Globetrotters for seven years until 2002.

Antigua also played in the Puerto Rico Superior Basketball League for eight years, and in both 1994-95 and 1997-98, he was a member of the Dominican Republic national team. Because of his dedication to the community, Antigua was named one of the nation's top 100 most influential Hispanic Americans by Hispanic Business magazine.

A Dominican Republic native who was raised in Bronx, N.Y., Antigua recovered from a 1988 Halloween incident where he was shot in the head near his left eye. Undeterred by the incident, Antigua quickly returned to the playing court two weeks later and went on to play three seasons at Pittsburgh with the slug in his head. Doctors initially ruled out removing the bullet as being too risky, but Antigua began suffering severe headaches.

Antigua's family also went through a period of homelessness. The oldest of three brothers, Antigua was credited with keeping the family together while housing was secured.
He overcame these difficulties and went on to serve as student council president at St. Raymond's High School. As a member of the school's basketball squad, Antigua played a major role in the team's New York Catholic League championship run. As a senior, he earned McDonald's All-America and Parade magazine All-America second-team honors and was also named All-New York City.

Fluent in Spanish, Antigua and his wife, Dana, have two children; a son, Orlando Anthony, and a daughter, Olivia.
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dgoebel
03-15-2013, 09:35 AM
I would say we have ZERO chance on him. #1 he is making good money at KY #2 He will get an offer at a bigger basketball power

WeSuck.com
03-15-2013, 10:02 AM
I would say we have ZERO chance on him. #1 he is making good money at KY #2 He will get an offer at a bigger basketball power

Wouldn't put it at zero - he interviewed with Duquense last year and they didn't offer him the position - WTF were they thinking.

Again, sell him on the idea that this is the best possible no-lose situation for him. 1st-class Arena (even among the larger schools); takes over rinky-dink program and turns it into mega-winner (over-shadowing Bammer and Barn); he leaves for Pitt in 3 years.

Spend the cash and fly his whole family down.

JonesOxygen
03-15-2013, 11:05 AM
I'm in, best arena in the state and could have the top hoops program in the state.

dgoebel
03-15-2013, 11:12 AM
Whoever the new coach is, he will have to hit the road running. We have no hs commits and I haven't heard of any juco commits. There needs to be aggresive recruiting when he is hired. Sell the arena, sell the chance to play d1 ball and play early, sell the idea of being apart of a new era, and sell the campus.

CHughes1102
03-15-2013, 11:31 AM
Whoever the new coach is, he will have to hit the road running. We have no hs commits and I haven't heard of any juco commits. There needs to be aggresive recruiting when he is hired. Sell the arena, sell the chance to play d1 ball and play early, sell the idea of being apart of a new era, and sell the campus.

We have the 2 JUCO's from Motlow, TN....only time I saw them play (earlier this year against Gadsden State) they both jerked off their jerseys and stormed GSCC's players wanting to fight like thugs after Motlow's coach was ejected for showing off.

Hope we do NOT get them.

EDIT: Also they aren't even the best on the team. Arkansas State has a commitment from their best player. Shows that Maestri SUCKED at recruiting.

dgoebel
03-15-2013, 11:57 AM
I hope we don't get them. Get some HS players signed and pick up some quality juco players. And Yes, Maestri was a joke for a recruiter.

WeSuck.com
03-15-2013, 12:05 PM
Heck, I thought you "HS players are the way to go" clowns would have mentioned this picture of Orlando:

http://www.nationofblue.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/orlando-antigua-cordia.jpg

CHughes1102
03-15-2013, 12:07 PM
Take the Charlotte 49ers for example. They are 21-10 and all of their players are Freshmen and Sophomores except for ONE senior. THAT is the way to go. Build around those young guys who are already good and build a hell of a program.

EDIT: And I should also add that our Freshmen and Sophomores we get should be better than theirs. No reason with our facility that we can't have a tremendous program in a few years.

redwaver
03-15-2013, 12:31 PM
We have the 2 JUCO's from Motlow, TN....only time I saw them play (earlier this year against Gadsden State) they both jerked off their jerseys and stormed GSCC's players wanting to fight like thugs after Motlow's coach was ejected for showing off.

Hope we do NOT get them.

EDIT: Also they aren't even the best on the team. Arkansas State has a commitment from their best player. Shows that Maestri SUCKED at recruiting.
I say can those scholarships and start over!

dgoebel
03-15-2013, 01:42 PM
Take the Charlotte 49ers for example. They are 21-10 and all of their players are Freshmen and Sophomores except for ONE senior. THAT is the way to go. Build around those young guys who are already good and build a hell of a program.

EDIT: And I should also add that our Freshmen and Sophomores we get should be better than theirs. No reason with our facility that we can't have a tremendous program in a few years.

Our AD agrees with this also :thumb:

WeSuck.com
03-15-2013, 06:47 PM
Our AD agrees with this also :thumb:

I think he should only care about winning, not whether or not we have a bunch of unproven high schoolers running around the court. Once they show up at Troy, we're stuck with them. Again, MTSU had 10 non-high school players on their roster.


Originally Posted by CHughes1102
Take the Charlotte 49ers for example. They are 21-10 and all of their players are Freshmen and Sophomores except for ONE senior. THAT is the way to go. Build around those young guys who are already good and build a hell of a program.

EDIT: And I should also add that our Freshmen and Sophomores we get should be better than theirs. No reason with our facility that we can't have a tremendous program in a few years.

What is UNCC's basketball recruiting budget? Considerably north of what ours is. They are a one sport school like UA's B team. Again, MTSU had 10 non-high school players on their roster.

newnan trojan
03-15-2013, 07:09 PM
I think he should only care about winning, not whether or not we have a bunch of unproven high schoolers running around the court. Once they show up at Troy, we're stuck with them. Again, MTSU had 10 non-high school players on their roster.



What is UNCC's basketball recruiting budget? Considerably north of what ours is. They are a one sport school like UA's B team. Again, MTSU had 10 non-high school players on their roster.

UAb has a sport???

What have they done in BB lately?

WeSuck.com
03-15-2013, 08:14 PM
UAb has a sport???

What have they done in BB lately?

According to the Drew Champlin, UA's B team is the bomb!

Lego
03-16-2013, 08:32 AM
Orlando Antigua
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1f/Orlando-Antigua.jpg/220px-Orlando-Antigua.jpg

Assistant Coach Kentucky
Assistant Coach Dominican Republic National Team
Assistant Coach Memphis
Assistant Coach Pittsburgh
Head Coach - Republic of Dominca U-17 PanAmerican Games team
Member - Harlem Globetrotters
Dominican Republic National Team, player
Player - Univ. of ]

Dreaming......

The Troy locals would make him miserable. Let's just say Pike County is not very progressive.

WeSuck.com
03-16-2013, 08:41 AM
The Troy locals would make him miserable

Since when did the Troy locals start caring about TMTDM? The only four that did have all died.

Lego
03-16-2013, 08:44 AM
Since when did the Troy locals start caring about TMTDM? The only four that did have all died.

Funny. +1

But to my point, alot don't care. They would run him out of town because they would think he was a vagrant.

WeSuck.com
03-16-2013, 08:50 AM
a vagrant.

Yes, afraid he would lower the value of their double-wide...

I think Troy is a little bit more progressive than say Brundidge or Luverne. I don't think whoever they hire would have any problems...unless he started recruiting Juco players, then all he!! would break loose.

dgoebel
03-16-2013, 08:51 AM
I think he should only care about winning, not whether or not we have a bunch of unproven high schoolers running around the court. Once they show up at Troy, we're stuck with them. Again, MTSU had 10 non-high school players on their roster.



What is UNCC's basketball recruiting budget? Considerably north of what ours is. They are a one sport school like UA's B team. Again, MTSU had 10 non-high school players on their roster.

You can't win long term in any sport with all juco players and Hartwell knows this . He is a basketball guy and that is why he said we have to get some hs players who can be in the system for 4 years. You can't win rebuilding every year and trying to get players to mesh every season who haven't played together before. Good for the MUTS. They still have 5 times the hs players we do and they will win in the short but they will have problems down the road to. If our AD recognizes the problem then it is a problem.

TFan
03-16-2013, 08:58 AM
Since when did the Troy locals start caring about TMTDM? The only four that did have all died.

Last time i checked the Mess I didn't see my obit!!!

GO TROJANS!

dgoebel
03-16-2013, 09:25 AM
Hemi died to?

Doug4Troy
03-16-2013, 10:06 AM
Hemi died to?

He's not local, he's "loco" esse. :jester:

He's also still around.

dgoebel
03-16-2013, 11:41 AM
He's not local, he's "loco" esse. :jester:

He's also still around.

Good Thing, I guess There Were No troy fans left in the entire town :jester: Better tell my old roomate who works in Troy that he is either dead or not counted :confused013:

newnan trojan
03-17-2013, 05:13 PM
Nolan Richardson

WeSuck.com
03-17-2013, 08:01 PM
Nolan Richardson

Good God No! I said someone young and dynamic, not old and in a wheel chair.

JonesOxygen
03-17-2013, 08:24 PM
How about Phillip Pearson at UGA. Former assistant at Bama, from Montgomery. Never been a head coach but knows the game.

WeSuck.com
03-17-2013, 09:05 PM
How about Phillip Pearson at UGA. Former assistant at Bama, from Montgomery. Never been a head coach but knows the game.

Zzzzzzzzzz

newnan trojan
03-17-2013, 09:07 PM
Is there any legit rumors???

AndrewMichaelDunn
03-18-2013, 07:35 PM
I did like the Phillip Pearson idea but anybody from a top 20 school would be sunshine and puppies

troyfan
03-19-2013, 03:35 PM
Seems like a good coach, but he has been there 16 years. Why hasn't he been snapped up?

Lennie Acuff is a winner. He is also a family man and decided that he would stay at UAH until his youngest son graduates high school. I believe he is a junior this year. He is a great man of character and TROY would be lucky to have him. Anyone that can recruit to UAH (highest academic standards in the state) can recruit anywhere.