Tennessee Basketball: 5 Things Vols Must Have From New Head Coach

Tennessee Basketball: 5 Things Vols Must Have From New Head Coach

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With Cuonzo Martin bolting for the California Golden Bears from the Tennessee Volunteers, the immediate problem for the Vols becomes the head coaching search. Tennessee cannot afford to miss on this coaching search because the fans are getting tired of the athletic department’s incompetency. Here are five traits that a new head coach for the Volunteers must have.

5. Personality

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5. Personality

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One common misconception in college basketball is that a coach isn’t a good coach unless he’s yelling and screaming on the sidelines. Martin had a passion for his players and program. Once again, Tennessee needs a coach who cares for the players and winning more than the cameras and fans. The Vols are never going to find another Bruce Pearl, but any passion for a program is good.

4. Past Success

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4. Past Success

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Tennessee needs a coach that’s proven now. They have a decently talented squad, but need someone who can come in and give this team the confidence that losing Martin will have taken away.

3. Personality

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3. Personality

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Cuonzo Martin was just a good, well-spoken guy. In his interviews and off the bench, his likability was an asset for both players and fans. Whoever Tennessee hires must be able to win the hearts of the fans.

2. Experience

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2. Experience

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Whoever Tennessee hires must have been recently successful. If the Tennessee athletic department botches this hiring, people are going to start paying attention to how incompetent they are instead of blaming the coaches.

1. Recruiting

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1. Recruiting

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The most important thing a new coach of the Vols must be able to do is recruit. Being located in the middle of top college basketball pipelines, especially with Memphis in the West, Tennessee has opportunities to get some of the best players in the country. They need a coach who will come out swinging and get the ball rolling on the recruiting trail early.

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