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We all know most coaches are alpha male, can raise their voice, and at times, rude. Let's look at the 180. Have we had any soft spoken, calm/quiet coaches?
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2019, 01:19:35 pm »

Bobby Allen?
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 01:23:00 pm »

I donít personally know any coaches as of late but if I had to throw any names out there Iíd say Randy Shannon and Dan Enos.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2019, 01:30:17 pm »

I saw someone lamenting John Scott's exodus and saying what a nice/great guy he was. 

For the most part I think BB and CM have hired pretty decent guys.  Mos seem affable and at ease with the media.  Not sure the same can be said about BP's guys. 
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2019, 01:33:07 pm »

Smile ;D

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2019, 02:03:22 pm »

I will be the first to say I know of none and neither do most of you.
Coaching is similar to parenting and if you want to be your kid's buddy instead of their parent chances are life is gonna gobble them up. I do not want a coach that is squishy and soft-spoken.   
Just teach and be succinct and clear and drive the player to greatness.  Don't be a buddy. Be a mentor.

Can't wait for tomorrow's mj4prez question of 'Do players prefer a side hug or full frontal hugs.'

Also, Why on earth is this in Recruiting?
« Last Edit: January 30, 2019, 02:26:37 pm by Seebs »
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2019, 02:31:30 pm »

Ken Hatfield would be hard to beat.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2019, 02:52:38 pm »

Iím a huge fan of Steve Caldwell. 
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2019, 03:15:01 pm »


Not to recent, but for me it is Ken Hatfield

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2019, 03:25:32 pm »

Norm DeBryn, Joe Ferguson, Ken Hatfield, Gary Blair, Kobi Tai..oh wait, she coached in private

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2019, 03:28:52 pm »

Tim Horton seemed nice the couple of times I talked to him.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2019, 03:54:57 pm »

In high school I played for Mike Malham Sr. He was the nicest most soft spoken person I ever met...until football practice
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2019, 05:19:01 pm »

Norm DeBryn, Joe Ferguson, Ken Hatfield, Gary Blair, Kobi Tai..oh wait, she coached in private
Kobi Thai used to hang out at me and my buddies house on Lafayette. We thought she was sweet and innocent. God we were stupid.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2019, 05:50:01 pm »

Joe Kines

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2019, 05:53:12 pm »

Kenny Hatfield and Gary Blair were super awesome nice. Mike Anderson would be up there.

Jack Crowe was great, took a boys club football team up there and he spent about 30 minutes with them. I know that goes way back.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2019, 06:00:30 pm »

Barry Lunney, Jr. is a super nice guy.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2019, 06:21:10 pm »

Chad Morris - he let the opposing team win more than any Razorback coach in history.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2019, 07:19:55 pm »

Bezdek was a peach in the off season.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2019, 07:45:19 pm »

Chad Morris - he let the opposing team win more than any Razorback coach in history.
CBB. Instead of worrying with halftime adjustments, he served peanut butter n jelly sammiches.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2019, 07:55:08 pm »

Chad Morris - he let the opposing team win more than any Razorback coach in history.

This made me laugh.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2019, 07:56:30 pm »

One Spring, Coach Kines told me I was starting to play well and that my nuts were finally dropping.  He said if I kept it up, I might even be able to get a date.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2019, 07:57:12 pm »

Nutt was personally nice to fans but I heard lots of stories about his staff being pretty rough. Alex Wood was a really good dude it seemed.

Mike Summers with Petrino was beyond kind. Steve Caldwell is a great person. Garrick McGee is quite but cool. Everyone knows Tim Horton and Bobby Allen are high quality.

Never interacted with any of the current football staff. The current basketball staff is made up of nothing but terrific, nice guys.

On the other side, I heard at least on the field Willy Robinson was the meanest, hardest son of a ***** alive. Always surprised me to hear that.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2019, 08:46:16 pm »

Danny Ford
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2019, 09:43:50 pm »

I think we fired him 2 years ago?
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2019, 10:05:51 pm »

Never heard anything but nice things about Reggie Herring

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2019, 10:08:16 pm »

Off the court Nolan was and is a super friendly guy.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2019, 09:10:44 am »

Never heard anything but nice things about Reggie Herring

I imagine he had some fire though.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2019, 09:11:09 am »

I will be the first to say I know of none and neither do most of you.
Coaching is similar to parenting and if you want to be your kid's buddy instead of their parent chances are life is gonna gobble them up. I do not want a coach that is squishy and soft-spoken.   
Just teach and be succinct and clear and drive the player to greatness.  Don't be a buddy. Be a mentor.

Can't wait for tomorrow's mj4prez question of 'Do players prefer a side hug or full frontal hugs.'

Also, Why on earth is this in Recruiting?


No need to be mad.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2019, 09:18:52 am »

Ken Hatfield by a wide margin.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2019, 10:14:01 am »

We all know most coaches are alpha male, can raise their voice, and at times, rude. Let's look at the 180. Have we had any soft spoken, calm/quiet coaches?
Bobby M_F Petrino.  Ha, couldn't resist.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2019, 10:28:05 am »

What about John McDonnell?  Nice guy or not? 

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2019, 11:11:53 am »

Ken Hatfield by a wide margin.



I'd drink to that with Bobby Allen, Joe Ferguson, Louis Campbell, Tim Horton and Joe Kines close behind.
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« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2019, 11:14:20 am »

What about John McDonnell?  Nice guy or not? 

Super nice.

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« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2019, 11:15:19 am »

Actually Brett was a nice guy. Simply didnít get the job done.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2019, 11:16:28 am »

According to his jump ball detractors, Mike Anderson is way too nice because he doesn't yell and intimidate the refs like Nolan used to. They have even suggested that his "meek" manner makes his players play soft. So, there's your winner. At least that's according to what I've seen posted on here.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2019, 12:09:48 pm »

I walked 18 holes with Gary Blair at a pro-am in Rogers back in the mid-90's. My dad and I went just to see who we could see. We saw Coach Blair and asked if we could walk with his foursome. He was so nice and genuine, very easy to talk to. I have been a fan of his ever since.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2019, 01:13:30 pm »

I walked 18 holes with Gary Blair at a pro-am in Rogers back in the mid-90's. My dad and I went just to see who we could see. We saw Coach Blair and asked if we could walk with his foursome. He was so nice and genuine, very easy to talk to. I have been a fan of his ever since.

The coaches from the Gary Blair tree seem to be personable, genuine, nice, caring etc.  I see a lot of similarities in GB, Vic, and Mike Neighbors. 
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« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2019, 01:34:36 pm »

According to his jump ball detractors, Mike Anderson is way too nice because he doesn't yell and intimidate the refs like Nolan used to. They have even suggested that his "meek" manner makes his players play soft. So, there's your winner. At least that's according to what I've seen posted on here.

A coach trying to intimidate the refs simply to do so thinking it will help them get calls is overrated. Some of the best coaches ever didnít do it such as John Wooden, Dean Smith, etc. I have no problem with his demeanor towards refs. I have seen him question them when warranted. I know some refs and screaming  and yelling at them wonít make them change a call or how the game is being called.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2019, 03:11:30 pm »

What about John McDonnell?  Nice guy or not? 

Very humble and friendly.

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« Reply #39 on: January 31, 2019, 03:30:03 pm »

After the Tennessee game in 2001, I ran into George Pugh (receivers coach) in the parking lot adjacent to the stadium. You may remember it was pouring that night with several game delays and it was extremely late. He had a flat tire on his vehicle. We took him home and for a thank you, he gave us two tickets (pretty good seats) to the rest of the home football games. I always thought that was extremely nice for a 10 minute drive.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #40 on: January 31, 2019, 03:31:34 pm »

Steve Caldwell, Garrick McGee, Bobby Allen, and Chris Klenakis were the coaches that took time out of their day to talk to and offer support for the student trainers/managers. All genuinely seemed to appreciate us cogs in the wheel. 
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #41 on: January 31, 2019, 03:39:16 pm »

Ken Hatfield would be hard to beat.

Ken gets my vote.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #42 on: January 31, 2019, 09:03:30 pm »

Agree with those that mention Coach Hatfield. I remember the night he was introduced to the fans as the Head Football Coach at a Hogs Basketball Game. Of course, he received a hearty round of applause in Barnhill that day.

After the game, I ran into Coach Hatfield and his wife at the mall. I walked up and congratulated him on being the top Hog. He was extremely nice (truthfully, unlike Eddie Sutton who I bumped into a few months prior). They both stood there, exchanging pleasantries with me for more time than I would ever expect.

Iíve never forgotten that nightóeven to his day. Such genuinely nice people.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #43 on: February 01, 2019, 04:37:17 am »

Jessica Dorrell?
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #44 on: February 01, 2019, 07:40:02 am »

A coach trying to intimidate the refs simply to do so thinking it will help them get calls is overrated. Some of the best coaches ever didnít do it such as John Wooden, Dean Smith, etc. I have no problem with his demeanor towards refs. I have seen him question them when warranted. I know some refs and screaming  and yelling at them wonít make them change a call or how the game is being called.
Don't know about Wooden, but Dean Smith was very tough toward officials...going so far as to tell them they would never work any more UNC games, etc.  He also yelled at some opposing players quite often, especially in his earlier days at UNC.

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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #45 on: February 01, 2019, 08:39:57 am »

One Spring, Coach Kines told me I was starting to play well and that my nuts were finally dropping.  He said if I kept it up, I might even be able to get a date.

Well, was he right?  Did you end up getting a date?
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« Reply #46 on: February 01, 2019, 05:42:55 pm »

HangTenHog I love your "Bambi" avatar.
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Re: Who's the nicest coach we've had in recent memory? (Assistants included)
« Reply #47 on: February 01, 2019, 05:59:22 pm »

Tim Horton would be at the top of the list. If you're just talking nice both Bielema and Jack Crowe were nice guys. Rocky Felker, who was an OC under Danny Ford, was really nice.

Hatfield didn't use foul language except on rare occasions but don't kid yourself, he could be very unpleasant when he needed to be.

This would be with regard to players.

If we're talking about how they interacted with the media and fans I'd go with Norm DeBriyn, Nolan, Gary Blair and two Joe's. Joe Kines and Joe Ferguson. I loved Joe Ferguson. He's my favorite ex Razorback football assistant. He was 100% Razorback with no BS attached.
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« Reply #48 on: February 01, 2019, 06:20:08 pm »

Agree with those that mention Coach Hatfield. I remember the night he was introduced to the fans as the Head Football Coach at a Hogs Basketball Game. Of course, he received a hearty round of applause in Barnhill that day.

After the game, I ran into Coach Hatfield and his wife at the mall. I walked up and congratulated him on being the top Hog. He was extremely nice (truthfully, unlike Eddie Sutton who I bumped into a few months prior). They both stood there, exchanging pleasantries with me for more time than I would ever expect.

Iíve never forgotten that nightóeven to his day. Such genuinely nice people.

Had a very similar experience with Ken in Barnhill, he was with Barry Foster who was on a recruiting trip..  I barged up and started talking about Helena, which we are both from and how excited I was to have him as coach and that he should recruit our hometown more.. I may have been drinking before hand, and I'm sure he could tell but he took the time to converse anyway and introduced me to Barry.. looking back, I wish I hadn't done it like I did but he was a Saint about it...
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« Reply #49 on: February 01, 2019, 06:23:17 pm »

Does Tom Penders really exist or is he part of the matrix?
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