A few leftovers from visit with former Terps assistant Chuck Driesell
I spent some time last week down in Charleston, S.C. with new Citadel Coach Chuck Driesell, who you all likely remember from the past four years he spent as an assistant at Maryland. Driesell began his career as coach of the squad up at the Naval Academy Preparatory School from 1985-88.
Between then and now, he served as an assistant under his father, Lefty, at James Madison (1989-96), as head coach at Division III Marymount University (1997-2003), as an assistant under Craig Esherick at Georgetown (2003-04), as head coach at Bishop Ireton High (2004-06) and as an assistant under Gary Williams at Maryland (2006-10).
Now, he takes over his first Division I program. At The Citadel, Driesell will face the additional challenge of recruiting to an institution where military life is part of the environment. Driesell did not seem deterred in the slightest.
"I think you just need to sell (the military aspect of The Citadel) and really sell it," Driesell said. "I would imagine that if a young man comes here and you haven't really explained the military to him too well, it could be a big culture shock and it might end up being such a negative that they end up leaving. I don't want that to happen. I want to do a really good job of explaining how the military works, what they'll go through."
For those of you who plan to keep an eye on Driesell's squad, here's what you can expect:
"In terms of a system, just like Coach Williams, just like my dad, I want to get up and down the floor," Driesell said. "I want to fast break, I want to make a living on defense. Defense wins champships. I want to have teams that are really strong defensively, man-to-man, and take a lot of pride and passion playing defense. You've got to be able to play hard. And defense as much as offense, you've got to be able to play together. There's got to be help. There's got to be the help side and everybody talking and communicating. And you've got to play with passion. You've got to be fired up."
Driesell also pointed out a few key lessons he learned under each of the head coaches for whom he served as an assistant along his path to being in charge of a Division I program himself.
"My dad was the harder you work the luckier you get," Driesell said. "From Coach Williams, to really run good offense, to really make sure the guys execute offensively. Don't let them get away with anything. Make sure that they run each play exactly as it should be done. From Coach Escherick was organization, to have a way to do things and stick with that plan. He never really rushed a decision. A lot of times I would be like, 'Let's make a decision now.' And he would say, 'No, let's make sure we have all the facts. You dont always have to make a decision right away. Let's make the right decision, rather than a rushed decision.'"
May 17, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
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