Saturday, January 24, 2009

Evaluating a coach over several seasons, not several weekends

Ernie Kent and the Oregon Ducks are struggling through a tough season. Heading into today's game at Cal, the Ducks were 0-7 in Pac-10 play and losers of seven straight.

In 12 seasons at Oregon, Coach Kent has had considerable success, guiding his team to seven postseason tournaments and two Elite Eight appearances.

So it's encouraging to see his AD, Pat Kilkenny, stepping up and standing strong for his coach. When asked whether he's thought about replacing Coach Kent, Kilkenny had this to say:

"I can't really think of a scenario where we'd have to even strongly consider that. He's had a great go of it. To me, you shouldn't evaluate anybody over several weekends. Evaluate them over several seasons."

And when Coach Kent was ejected from a recent game -- for the first time in his 19-year coaching career -- "the athletic director spent the next few minutes... in the Ducks’ locker room, watching the game on TV with his basketball coach. Just hanging out, he said, and providing moral support in the midst of the growing frustration."

“When things are going to hell,” Kilkenny said, “things are going to hell.”