By: Maine Colonial (487 posts) - 8/24/2016 5:30:18 PM

Patrick just announced the signing of David Macpherson to coach men's tennis. LINK. What a huge signing. Macpherson thinks he can bring GW a national championship in tennis and given his career accomplishments, I wouldn't bet against him. Patrick also just announced the hiring of a softball coach so it looks like he's been keeping very busy and isn't planning to leave anytime soon. So it looks like there's a really good reason why he didn't go to Japan with the men's basketball team.

By: The Sons of Liberty (322 posts) - 8/24/2016 5:49:49 PM


By: The Sons of Liberty (322 posts) - 8/24/2016 5:52:01 PM

and GREAT!!!

By: SideOut (8/24/2016 10:53:21 PM)

Thanks for the info Maine. Lets all hope we have a few minutes before The Dude gets back to his keyboard in the basement.

By: ELJ (2,207 posts) - 8/25/2016 12:32:42 AM

Former GW tennis player Poog will be really pleased with this one.

By: notta hater (2,492 posts) - 8/25/2016 6:53:27 AM

has he announced the men's lacrosse coach yet?

By: Maine Colonial (487 posts) - 8/25/2016 7:15:41 AM

"Macca" sounds like an amazing coach. WIKIPEDIA It looks like the Bryan Brothers have made upwards of $28 million playing doubles. Now that he is the GW head coach, he should be getting some calls from some top recruits. Here are a couple of interviews to get an idea of what he is like. LINK  LINK2

By: Igor... Not Yegor (291 posts) - 8/25/2016 9:23:53 AM

The Macpherson hire is quite a coup. I do not know him personally, but he is well known throughout tennis circles and will bring quite a cache to the recruiting process. On the developmental side, having a coach who has an understanding of doubles tactics and is willing to place an emphasis in that area is a great advantage. Many college players (at the D1 level) have always been the best players in their small ponds while growing up and have, as such, been asked to play mostly singles. By the time they get to college, their ground stroke mechanics are quite engrained. Of course, a good coach can make improvements in those areas as well, but your best bang for your buck is modification in tactics, movement patterns, strategy and decision making (directional concepts). With that in mind, I think this gives GW quite a leg up. Sure he may not be 30 years old anymore, and I don't believe he has a lot of college coaching experience (which comes with its own challenges). But he is well regarded in the industry and has the opportunity (given his resume and proven track record) to bring in some recruits at a level we are not used to seeing at GW. The sales pitch dialog to the parent of a perspective tennis recruit has just drastically changed. Coupling our new tennis facility (built a few years back) with this hire really sets GW up for a potential tier jump in the world of college tennis. If the new coach hits the ground running and puts in the work on the recruiting trail, this could really be a fun ride.

By: kdb San diego (6 posts) - 8/25/2016 9:58:26 AM

And now how about another high end sailing coach.

By: The MV (4,915 posts) - 8/25/2016 10:22:51 AM

Maine Colonial, I can not think of a single person who has had any harsh criticisms of Pat Nero's job performance.  He is very good at his job and I among others have sung his praises.  His latest hires only add to these accomplishments.

However, you made a couple of remarks that I would take exception with.  If you meant "isn't planning to leave anytime soon" in the literal sense, this possibility may ultimately not be up to him.  Also, I'm not buying that the reason he did not go to Japan was because he needed to make these two hires.  It stands to reason that everyone's schedules could have likely been altered around this trip.  The fact that PN was not "officially" with the team all season, coupled with the current saga, are the reasons why PN stayed home.

It should also be noted that PN ought to be and is successfully doing his job unless he resigns or is told otherwise.  I view these recent hires along these lines, an athletic director doing his job well, as oposed to a vote of confidence.

By: BACCAS92 (705 posts) - 8/25/2016 11:32:30 AM

Great now can we get some good recruits for 2017 for basketball? 

By: NJ Colonial (1,980 posts) - 8/25/2016 12:02:07 PM

Maine is the Man!  Thanks for the update.

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 8/25/2016 4:26:05 PM

Good find, Maine.

And given Igor's expertise, if he says the coach is an excellent hire, that's the definitive word.

By: Maine Colonial (487 posts) - 8/25/2016 6:37:13 PM

The Bryans announced Macpherson was taking the position at GW and that prompted some buzz in the college tennis world: LINK

By: Maine Colonial (487 posts) - 8/30/2016 5:59:15 PM

Macpherson is at the U.S. Open coaching John Isner, who came back yesterday from two sets down to advance to the next round.

By: Rich Maier (17 posts) - 8/30/2016 10:35:25 PM

MV, wasn't ML just doing his job when he went to Japan? 

By: The MV (4,915 posts) - 8/31/2016 10:04:49 AM

Yes Rich, he was.  Not sure I am understanding your point.

By: New Guy (33 posts) - 8/31/2016 10:54:33 AM

Agree with MV. Plus, it is not like PN to miss any opportunity to travel.

By: The MV (4,915 posts) - 8/31/2016 4:13:54 PM

If you're a fan of former player and current ESPN commentator Brad Gilbert, stop immediately.

During John Isner's second round match today, Gilbert was commenting on David Macpherson, Isner's new coach.  He said that the coach had been with the Bryan brothers for 11 years, recently left them to begin coaching Isner, and picked up a second job coaching collegiately, despite not having any prior college coaching experience, at....American University.  So as to not make him look bad, Chris Fowler almost sheepishly asked whether he meant to say George Washington University?  Gilbert said that he had read that he was becoing the head coach of a school in Washington, DC.  Fowler pointed out that GW is in fact in Washington, DC.  Gilbert then concluded by joking that the "Colonial Conference" wasn't exactly his forte.

So sorry Brad, I used to be a fan but you've dissed the Colonials, even if it was accidentally.  And kudos to Chris who knew his stuff.

By: Maine Colonial (487 posts) - 8/31/2016 5:04:18 PM

What do you expect from a guy that attended Foothill Junior College. Then he transferred to some other college on the California coast.

Isner won his match in four sets and he and his coach are on to the third round. After this tournament, Isner will be over $10 million in career earnings. 

By: squid (1,510 posts) - 8/31/2016 5:20:47 PM

Well, at least Gilbert said "by bad"

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