Virginia men's basketball: Tony Bennett's self evaluation
Tony Bennett's meetings with his players have been documented in this space, but Bennett also needed to evaluate himself after his first season as the Cavaliers' men's basketball coach. In Bennett's previous coaching job at Washington State, he took over after spending time as an assistant coach and recruiting many of the core players on the team. This was Bennett's first time truly taking over a new team, and he provided an honest assessment of himself after his first year:
"I learned a lot this year," Bennett said. "It's really different when you take over a program as an assistant coach or an associate head coach, compared to when you're a head coach. This year, it really was a unique year in terms how we got started, the winning streak we had and then the losing streak we had. I look at myself and say, 'How can I make this team more consistent?'
"I tell kids and our players: 'I'm going to make mistakes with you. I'm going to screw up. But I'm going to try to come back and try to right the wrong with that.' I just wish we could have found ways to be more consistent. Definitely from an efficiency standpoint on offense, but even defensively, I thought we had too many lapses. That, as a coach, you rack your head against the wall and say, 'How can I get this across better so we're more consistent?' I thought our inconsistencies hurt us. That's where I got to do a better job, and a lot has to do with the competition you're playing and all those things, but that's where I feel like I've got to do a better job. And it's how do I structure practice? Should we have a few more sets here or there? Should we have taken advantage of getting more transition baskets?
"And that's right now, quite honestly, watching the NCAA tournament, and you see what stuff really works. You evaluate your personnel. And you really make some determinations on how you're going to change things and evolve your program for the following year. So I guess for an evaluation, I don't have a letter grade...but it's almost like the season. There were some good things that happened and some things that weren't so good. Probably I did some things I wish I could have done over again, now that I look back on it, and some things I liked that I established that are important for our future."
April 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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