Monday, May 20, 2013

Antoine Pettway Promoted

As expected, Anthony Grant announced today that Antoine Pettway has been promoted to assistant coach. Other changes to the coaching staff include John Brannen being promoted to Associate Head Coach. The program has also hired a new strength and conditioning coach, Lou DeNeen, whose previous stops include UAB and Cal. Here is a link.

Congratulations to Antoine Pettway on the promotion. I felt when he was retained by Grant after being hired, it was a bit of a PR move on Grant's part. After working with him for four years, I think Grant now has complete confidence in Antoine to get the job done. Pettway loves the university and he is one of the most popular players in the history of the program so this is a win/win for all involved.

Brannen's move to associate head coach was a no-brainer. He's been with Grant for seven years so they have a familiarity with each other. He's the best choice to take over for Dan Hipsher at this point. Brannen is also becoming a name himself. His name has been mentioned for several vacant jobs the last two seasons. It's just a matter of time before someone gives him an opportunity.

I don't know anything about DeNeen, but the article states, in addition to his college experience, he's also worked with professional players in the NBA, MLB and NFL so he's been around it all.


4 comments:

crimsontider said...

No problem with the hire I like it, my only gripe would be the fact that we waited a month and a half to make the announcement.

crimsontider said...

One more complaint why is Tony Pujols on the staff? What value does he provide?

Msmilie said...

Not sure why I continue to respond to you since you're obviously looking for attention, but I figure your ignorance in this matter deserves some education and I love teaching. By the way, you could easily read up on Tony Pujols and figure this out yourself, but.....

First and foremost, Pujols was a great high school coach.He won three state titles. Someone of no value doesn't win championships. It just doesn't happen. Secondly, he's been instrumental in the defense for Alabama, which by the way has been one of the top defensive units in the SEC while Grant and his staff have been in Tuscaloosa. So, yeah, he has value.

Msmilie said...

Grant made it clear in his final press conference that he wasn't addressing the issue until they were finished recruiting. The wait may also have had something to do with the fact that Pujols was in the running for the Florida International job and John Brannen was in the running for the Chattanooga job. I'm sure Grant wanted to wait and see how that developed before making a decision. Boy, if you weren't bitching about something, you wouldn't know what to do with yourself.