High Expectations…Let Fire All the Coaches!

Posted: May 18, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Coaches

imageYou haven’t filled up the gym!  You don’t have a winning program, not even one big winning season!  You had two year to do this so YOU BOTH ARE FIRED!!!!   

Wonder how the Cal State Fullerton and Northridge coaches feel about this?

Lets see…can’t wait to see who will jump at the chance at taking these two positions.  Maybe with a five year guaranteed $1,000,000 yearly contract.  OR, maybe AD Garrett will take over coaching both teams as well as his athletic director position.  That’s what what they keep trying to do in JUCO basketball…doesn’t work well there.  Wait Garrett was a football player wasn’t he.  Wonder if that would make a difference?

Also wonder if Coach Garrett has read the Coaching article "Datsun verses Mercedes"?

Athletics Director Mike Garrett fires basketball head coaches

Carter Shaw and Dieter Horton fired after two-seasons of Golden Eagle basketball.

Chelsey Michaelis
May 16, 2016
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Cal State LA Athletic Director Mike Garrett recently fired both the men’s and women’s basketball head coaches: Carter Shaw and Dieter Horton.

According to Garrett, the decision came down to the poor performance record of both teams. While barely making the playoffs, the teams quickly got eliminated in the first round.

“I’m trying to produce a championship program,” Garrett said. “Being below .500 isn’t doing that.”

A women’s basketball player, who wished to remain anonymous, was sad to see her old coach leave the program, but is looking forward to a new beginning.

“It caught us off guard, he only had a few years. He didn’t have time to incorporate what he wanted, but we are excited to see who they bring in next.”

Before Cal State LA, Shaw had success with NCAA Division I programs over a 17-year span. He coached two-seasons as head coach for the Women’s Golden Eagles Basketball, both resulting in California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament (CCAA), but unable to surpass the first round.

His accolades included a stretch of five consecutive road wins in January 2015, and a first home win against UC San Diego since 2005.

Horton previously had experience with community college programs and NCAA Division I program before coming to Cal State LA in the 2014-2015 season. He coached two-seasons as the head coach for the Men’s Golden Eagles, resulting in a CCAA Championship Tournament second round loss this past season. He also coached two current NBA players, Dewayne Dedmon and Nikola Vucevic, both playing for Orlando Magic.

But in two years both teams went for a combined 42-66. Many games lacked the attendance the University hoped for, says Garrett, who’s in his first year as Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Cal State LA.

Garrett says he wants to make Cal State LA Athletics a Division I program, which will happen once the program becomes a winning team and possible title contender.

“You don’t do that by being a poor Division II program and nobody showing up to the games.” says Garrett. “If you have a great program you won’t miss the action. People don’t show because we don’t win.

Students have expressed their concern about the lack of information communicated by the Athletics Department. “The reasons I don’t go to the games because I’m not informed,” says Alejandro Loza, 22, a Senior Psychology major.

The University is actively looking for two new coaches. No information has been disclosed on potential new candidates for the position.

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