That seems kind of nitpicky. We finished around 50th in the country in defense, despite starting 4 freshman and having major minutes from defensively-challenged Nemanja Mikic and Dwayne Smith (and an incredibly inconsistent defender in Kromah).
On the micro-managing, I have no idea if it helped or hurt. There's really no way to judge that from the stands.
What I do know is this:
1) The team improved as the season went on. That should be the goal of any coaching staff (though, to be fair, we were so bad in November, there was almost no where to go but up).
2) The team played extremely hard. I think they are trying to change the culture of the program, and one thing you saw this year - led by Armwood's leadership - was how hard they played regardless of whether they were winning or losing. We can't win without this kind of effort, so this was step 1 to the resurgence of the Colonials.
3) The coaches did an excellent job covering our weaknesses. We had a team that couldn't shoot from the outside. I know some people want to blame the coaches for creating a self-fulfilling prophecy because they said out loud what we all could see with our own eyes, but there were plenty of wide open outside shots to be had and our players couldn't make them. But what impressed me is that despite this huge, easily exploitable weakness, we still managed to get the ball inside and get open shots anyway. I think that itself bodes well for the future.
Another weakness, as noted above, was that we had a couple of key rotation players who were simply not suited for Lonergan's defense. (for example, see Mikic making Greg Robbins from Richmond looking like Kobe Bryant down the stretch). However, with the 1-3-1 and with good defensive teaching and team play, they covered up those weaknesses as best they could.
Where I do think they need work is to more carefully manage the substitution patterns to avoid having too many non-options in the half court (like this year getting caught with Mikic, Kopriva, Bynes, Savage on the court together).