I recognize the author’s name: she had a place in the rotation in the years she was a member of the team. She is really putting herself on the line, calling out the coach and doing so in her own name. She claims the Athletic Department has not taken complaints over Coach Whitaker’s trearment of players seriously enough, and by making her claims in public like this she’s trying to force the department into action.
The author makes a point that the coach’s behavior is being tolerated even though her teams are not winning overall, even though the program had been winning under previous coaches. I find that interesting. But this is only the coach’s third season with the program. Perhaps Coach Whitaker was being given the benefit of the doubt because the first two years because she hadn’t recruited most of the players on the team. Absent this public criticism, i would have thought the general opinion about the program at the end of this season would be that the Coach had them heading in the right direction. NKU had a very poor non-league record, but they finished league play tied with Milwaukee for fifth place, and had the tiebreaker so that they were seeded fifth and the Panthers were seeded sixth.
The “she still has her job although her teams aren’t winning” argument is interesting, because any fans who are detractors of Coach Rechlicz might have said the same thing about her during her first three seasons. One difference between the situation here and the situation at NKU is that Milwaukee had not been all that successful under Sandy Botham for several years before Botham was removed from her position. And when Coach Rechlicz’s teams started winning, the improvement was dramatic. But the overall record under Rechlicz is still less than .500, after seven seasons, thanks in part to this season’s 15-16 record.
Not that i think ill of Coach Rechlicz in any way. I have little in the way of personal connection with the program, but i hear her well spoken of. If there were similar issues with Milwaukee’s WBB program to what is alleged to be happening at NKU, i would expect they would have been made public. Something very like that happened with the Women’s Soccer Coach before Troy Fabiani, though i believe a lot of the most public criticism in that case was from parents of players. As it was, the coach was let go and Fabiano came in, and suddenly the team was back to being a league powerhouse.
Last Edit: Mar 25, 2019 20:37:25 GMT -6 by skrapheap
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