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    Default Herbert Now Assistant Coach at Northwestern

    http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-wr...081310aab.html

    Obviously this makes a lot of sense and is great for NU, but I'm kind of bummed. I was hoping he would head to Columbus to train and replace Joe Heskett.


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    Maybe Steve Luke steps in to replace Heskett, since he's still in Columbus?

    Or maybe Bergman or another one of the RTC guys becomes an official member of the staff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Maybe Steve Luke steps in to replace Heskett, since he's still in Columbus?

    Or maybe Bergman or another one of the RTC guys becomes an official member of the staff?
    I thought about that, but Steve Luke is a pharmacy student now so I don't know that he would have time/interest in that. Guys like Bergman, Pucillo and Jaggers can already work out with the team since they are alumni, and they are being paid by the Ohio RTC, so I tend to think it wouldn't be the smartest use of resources to hire them on the coaching staff (though Jaggers is currently a volunteer coach).

    Here's a list of potential candidates I thought of and posted on another site:



    I already named these potential candidates in the other thread, but it didn't generate any discussion, so I'll jam it down your throats another time and add a little more information this time around.

    I offer these candidates, all of whom are uppermiddleweights.

    The Ideal Candidates Who Are Untouchable:
    ---Donnie Pritzlaff---
    The former 2x NCAA Champ has established himself as one of the top assistant coaches in the sport. He's recently helped train Andrew Howe into the beast that he is. 99% would not come here because he is already the Associate Head Coach at Wisconsin, his Alma Mater.

    ---Mark Parry ---
    Man, it would be awesome to have Perry. The guy is flat-out competitive. It's one thing to say "I don't care if Johny Hendricks beats me 150 times in a row, I'm going out there to win." It's another thing entirely to go out on the mat and actually beat him in the NCAA finals. In his brief tenure as an assistant coach, he has coached true frosh Quentin Wright to AA honors and led Cal Poly to an excellent year last year. 95% chance he wouldn't come here because he's just been elevated to Co-Head Coach at Cal Poly and is doing an excellent job showing how he can manage a program. I wouldn't think he would leave for anything but a head coaching job at an established power.

    ---Joe Heskett---
    Don't really need to say much here. He was one of the top assistants out here, but he just left and obviously wouldn't turn right around and come back.

    Good Possibilities Who Probably Wouldn't Be Interested:
    ---Ben Askren---
    Who wouldn't want Askren in their room? The guy has a unique skillset that he perfected in a way that few have. He knows how to wrestle and beat guys of all styles and is great on top. He also loves winning and hates losing. If he weren't in MMA, I think he would probably give a job at OSU serious consideration. Sadly, the Columbus MMA scene can't really compete with what he has down at ASU.

    ---Steve Luke---
    He's already in Columbus. He is excellent in all three positions, is an Ohio guy and has had an incredible career at every level. The only thing is he's in pharmacy school, so he probably doesn't have a lot of time for college coaching.

    Legitimate Possibilites (at least as far as I can tell):
    ---Jake Herbert---
    He was an absolute animal on the mat starting his freshman year. I think he only had four losses in college, with three of those coming at NCAAs. He's good from all positions and he's a goer. A guy this high-profile would be great for recruiting.

    ---Andy Hrovat---
    A true mat rat who's been competing at the senior level for years now. He's made the national team many times and represented the US in the Olympics. It would be great to have a guy with ties to St. Edward on the coaching staff.

    ---Max Askren---
    I realize he just graduated, but I still think he'd be a good pick. He was the top-ranked 197 in the country for most of his freshman year, and was a true contender for an NCAA title every year until he finally won it at 184 this year. He's great on the mat and has beaten many of the very best. He's maybe a little heavier than the ideal.

    ---Jared Frayer---
    After finishing in second place at the WTT the last three or four years, Frayer is retiring from competition. He knows how to pull out a lot of big moves, and I think that's a good thing to be able to teach. Probably a little lighter than I'd like, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold View Post
    ---Mark Parry ---
    Man, it would be awesome to have Perry. The guy is flat-out competitive. It's one thing to say "I don't care if Johny Hendricks beats me 150 times in a row, I'm going out there to win." It's another thing entirely to go out on the mat and actually beat him in the NCAA finals. In his brief tenure as an assistant coach, he has coached true frosh Quentin Wright to AA honors and led Cal Poly to an excellent year last year. 95% chance he wouldn't come here because he's just been elevated to Co-Head Coach at Cal Poly and is doing an excellent job showing how he can manage a program. I wouldn't think he would leave for anything but a head coaching job at an established power.
    Definitely won't be Perry. He says in the interview that I posted yesterday that its already been made official that he'll take over the program at Cal Poly in 2011/2012.

    This coming season is Azevedo's last year.

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