Thursday, April 04, 2013

Texas-Pan American Hires Dan Hipsher

In addition to recruiting players this offseason, Anthony Grant will now also have to recruit a new assistant coach. UT-Pan American announced today that Dan Hipsher has been hired as their new basketball coach. Hipsher has been on the Alabama staff since Grant came to Tuscaloosa. His relationship with Grant began at Dayton where Hipsher, then an assistant coach at the school, recruited Grant, and later hired Grant as an assistant at Stetson. Hipsher also coached at the University of Akron where he was named the MAC Coach of the Year in 1998. Best of luck to Coach Hipsher as he begins his new job.

I assume that Brannen or Pujols will be promoted to Hipsher's Associate Head Coach position. No names have surfaced yet regarding who will fill the vacant assistant spot. It will be an interesting story to follow for sure. Coaching turnover can be a tricky situation. Hiring a good assistant is just as important for a Head Coach as recruiting 4 and 5 star players. Hopefully the hire is made sooner rather than later so the staff is solidified before summer workouts begin.


10 comments:

bobbyjack said...

I hope Pettway gets back on the staff. I think he got the shaft after his 1st year under Grant and deserves to be part of the coaching staff.

crimsontider said...

He was terrible at Alabama, he needed to go, so this worked out well for us. Having said that, I wish Hipsher good luck at his new job. I do not know who Alabama will hire, but whoever it is, Grant needs to let him run the offense, without any meddling.

Msmilie said...

crimsontider: please enlighten us how Dan Hipsher was terrible. Go ahead...we're waiting.

CrowTide said...

Why do you think he got the shaft? I thought Grant did him a favor letting him stay associated with the program. I think we need some new blood in there that has an offensive mind. Nothing against Pettway but we need someone in there to make the team fundamentally better and I don't think he does that.

crimsontider said...

Have you watched Alabama play offense for the last 4 years? I'm sure it has nothing to do with the coaches, but it has been dreadful. I don't care what he did in 1998, the unit he was paid to coach at Alabama stunk. It was not all his fault, as Grant clearly meddled to make sure Hipsher implemented his wildly successful stall ball offense, but there had to be staff changes, and I am glad there was.

Msmilie said...

I could explain to you the reasons for Alabama's offensive struggles a million more times and it still wouldn't sink in so I'm not going to waste my time. No coach since the implementation of the shot clock runs a "stall ball" offense, at least not on purpose. I mean, that's the reason you have a shot clock to begin with. Anthony Grant himself refuted that idea multiple times this season when asked.

You either have shot makers, shot takers, big men who can rebound and score or you don't. Alabama didn't have that this season (and yet still won 23 games with such awful coaching. what a miracle!). Hopefully the returning guys continue to get better offensively. I think you saw Releford, Randolph and Jacobs improve offensively as they became more aggressive on that end of the court. Lacey, Coop and Retin certainly have the potential to improve offensively and I expect they will.

And, quite frankly, no one in the college game was dynamite this season overall in scoring. Even in the Tournament, where you typically see scoring averages improve due to the high level of play, this has been the lowest overall scoring in a tournament since 1985. The offensive struggles in college basketball go far beyond Anthony Grant, Dan Hipsher and your imagined "stall ball" offense. We could get into those reasons, but it wouldn't fit your narrative concerning Grant and Hipsher so you would just tune out whatever logical arguments I made. God bless America.

Final thought: Hipsher brought a lot of experience to the bench. We'll see who Grant hires, but you just don't replace the game experience that Hipsher provided to a young coaching staff that is still learning the ropes.

crimsontider said...

My "imagined" stall ball offense. So, I imagined that Alabama ran 30 seconds off the shot clock every possession? Your point about scoring down in college basketball is valid, i'm watching Louisville Wichita State right now in the final four and it is taking basketball back 50 years.

Msmilie said...

It should be a heck of a game, no doubt. I like Louisville's experience and edge in the paint, but Michigan is the more talented team so it won't surprise me either way.

Michigan was probably a 4 seed because they went 5-5 in their final 10 games prior to the NCAA Tournament. The Big 10 had a lot to do with that.

The only problem with your point regarding Michigan and Wichita is that Michigan may be young but they also have four 1st round draft picks on their roster. Most rosters are lucky if they have one 1st round draft pick. Hell, most rosters are lucky if they one 2nd round pick.



Wichita was a great story in this tournament, but they were far from young. Armstead was a 5th year senior, who had played in a ton of games dating back to his time at Oregon. Early is a JC guy who was a national JC player of the year. Baker redshirted a year ago and didn't really contribute until late in the year. And Carl Hall's story (a heart condition almost ended his basketball career) alone makes him tougher and more experienced than most players. My point being that Wichita roster was different than a year ago, but there was a ton of experience and toughness. Oh, and they had their share of luck. Go back to the Gonzaga game. Wichita, a 35% 3-point team, knocks down 53% from the 3-point line. Talent and experience are great, but it takes a little luck to get to the Final Four.

Msmilie said...

No, you're imagining that is the offense that Anthony Grant asked his players to run. Go back and watch the games. The biggest problem for Alabama on offense were the countless early shots that were passed up. Guys have to step up and want to take shots. Part of being a good offensive player is having the confidence to step up and take shots.



The other problem is when you have no inside offensive game, it makes it very easy for the opposing perimeter defense to limit your drives to the basket and your open looks from the perimeter because the opposing guards don't have to rotate to double team a post player that is putting the ball in the basket. The result of that is you have guards passing the ball around the perimeter trying to find an open space and sometimes taking 30-35 seconds to get a shot off. If Alabama can just get some more offensive production from the bigs next season, that will open up the offense quite a bit. But I also think guys like Releford, Lacey, Randolph, Cooper, etc, when they have good looks early in the shot clock, they gotta take them. As long as it's a good shot, I guarantee Grant doesn't care what the shot clock says.

crimsontider said...

I get your point, but since Alabama had no rebounding big men, Alabama should have run a fast paced offense instead of trying to run a half-court offense.