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RE: State of ETSU Team Sports
Nice write up.
05-31-2016 03:14 PM
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Absolutely correct on all fronts. Tony Skole makes 88,000 dollars a year and after 17 completed seasons has one conference championship and a sub .500 record as a head coach. Why he hasn't been terminated is beyond me unless he has pictures of people in compromising positions. That's the only message board logical explanation for him still having a job when they fired Karen Kemp who had MORE conference championships and postseason appearances but the record was roughly the same in the same data sample.
He needs to go.
05-31-2016 10:25 PM
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The money isn't important to me. I would bet the $88,000 per year that we pay Skole is in the bottom 25% of the country (or at least the southeast) for a Division 1 Head Coach. Plus he's been here forever so I'm sure that has gradually increased over time. The bottom line is simple, Baseball can be a competitive program at ETSU. It can compete for conference championships and regional births. If it can be done at Mercer, Samford, and Western Carolina it certainly can be done here. Those places aren't loaded with huge resources. We lack one thing.....leadership. Tony is a fine man, but this isn't about that. I find it completely unbelievable that he is still our baseball coach after last season. Also, we lost the better part of our lineup so this year is sure to be more of the same. Its just very disappointing because I know the program could do so much more.
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08-19-2016 09:25 AM
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RE: State of ETSU Team Sports
Time for another update...
05-30-2017 08:02 AM
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(05-30-2017 08:02 AM)brock20 Wrote:  Time for another update...

Ask and ye shall receive!

Same as always, records versus D1 competition only.

Fall Sports

Football
Carl Torbush (2nd season)
Record Under Torbush: 3-13
Record During Sample: 3-13
Championships During Sample: 0
Championships Under Torbush: 0
Postseason Appearances During Sample: 0
Postseason Wins During Sample: 0

The win against Kennesaw State was a major surprise to me, since I expected Brian Bohannon’s team to challenge CSU and Liberty for the Big South. The win over Western Carolina was another surprise, and beating Samford in the finale left me with a really positive feeling about the direction of the program. Year Three will be another new challenge with only one non-D1 game on the slate and the reigning national champs in week two.

The Verdict: Torbush has the program on the right track. This year’s recruiting class is stocked with great young talents from all over the region. I’m looking forward to what this team can offer over the next two years. There’s a lot of opportunity in FCS football right now. Job Security: A

Men's Soccer
Bo Oshoniyi (3rd Season)
Record Under Oshoniyi: 27-22-8 (.544)/14-11-5 (.550)
Record During Sample: 60-52-18 (.531)/30-26-7 (.532) (Includes 3 seasons under Scott Calabrese, 30-29-13/16-14-4)
Championships During Sample: 1 (2013)
Championships Under Oshoniyi: 0
Postseason Appearances During Sample: 2 (2013 NCAAs, 2016 NCAAs)
Postseason Wins During Sample: 0

After two years of fits and starts, Oshoniyi took the program to new heights this season, earning the team’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. That’s the dividend of some tough scheduling and excellent recruiting in-state, domestically, and internationally. I know a lot of my fellow alums are bigger on football or basketball, but this team is really, really good.

The Verdict: It’s harder to be safer at this level than when you just fielded a team so good that it got an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Job Security: A+

Women's Soccer
Adam Sayers (6th Season)
Record Under Sayers: 67-41-6 (.614)/32-18-4 (.630)
Record During Sample: Same as above
Championships During Sample: 1 (2011 Regular Season)
Championships Under Sayers: 1 (2011 Regular Season)
Postseason Appearances During Sample: 0
Postseason Wins During Sample: 0

Years of regular season success and tournament frustration finally came to an end when the team managed to reel off a pair of wins and get to the SoCon title game, only to fall short against Samford. Sayers has yet to deliver the big prize – the program’s first-ever conference title – but he responded to a down year last year with a bounce-back season and continues to recruit high-caliber international talent that puts ETSU in a position to compete against teams that would have previously run them off the field. Even being close against Tennessee indicates a massive leap forward in quality from the Heather Henson era.

The Verdict: Sayers is an asset to the department because, in both direct and indirect ways, he expands ETSU’s international reach for students by establishing and/or strengthening the brand of the school in places he goes to recruit. I think everyone involved with the program has a real hunger for a title now after being so close, and I’m eager to see what they do in the fall. Job Security: A

Volleyball
Lindsey Devine (14th Season)
Record Under Devine: 226-187 (.547)
Record During Sample: 118-74 (.615)/67-30 (.691)
Championships During Sample: 1 (2012)
Championships Under Devine: 3 (2006 Regular Season, 2012 Tournament, 2016 Regular Season)
Postseason Appearances During Sample: 1 (2012 NCAAs)
Postseason Wins During Sample: 0

A disappointing end to a great year for volleyball that probably should have ended in the NCAA Tournament, tripping up in the semifinals for the fourth time in six years. With plenty of talent returning on next year’s squad, ETSU should be right back in the mix for the title, and they might have enough to take them over the top.

The Verdict: The Bucs are contenders on a consistent basis, and the program is respected in the region. Devine is a good and well-regarded coach, as evidenced by her seemingly constant work within the US National Team structure. Carry on. Job Security: A

Winter Sports

Men's Basketball
Steve Forbes (2nd Season)
Record Under Forbes: 47-20 (.701)/28-8 (.778)
Record During Sample: 104-86 (.547)/65-45 (.591) (Includes 4 seasons under Murry Bartow, 75-66/37-37)
Championships During Sample: 1
Championships Under Forbes: 1
Postseason Appearances During Sample: 3 (2014 CIT, 2016 Vegas 16, 2017 NCAAs)
Postseason Wins During Sample: 2 (2014 x1, 2016 x1)

Forbes has delivered on even the most outlandish of expectations. He immediately turned ETSU into a title contender in the SoCon and an attractive place for high-quality recruits to come play. A supportive administration willing to front the cash to keep him here is also a tremendous asset for the program, the department, and the school, since it keeps ETSU in the national public consciousness on a more consistent basis. The team was even a trendy upset pick in the first round this year. Although they didn’t win and got roughed up a bit in the second half against Florida, that’s still a compliment to the job Forbes has done. Every retention bonus he gets is well worth the investment.

The Verdict:
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Job Security: A+

Women's Basketball
Brittney Ezell (4th Season)
Record Under Ezell: 59-61 (.492)/32-28 (.533)
Record During Sample: 78-99 (.441)/52-50 (.510) (Includes 2 seasons under Karen Kemp, 16-40/13-23)
Championships During Sample: 0
Championships Under Ezell: 0
Postseason Appearances During Sample: 1 (2015 WNIT)
Postseason Wins During Sample: 0

Ezell had a nice bounce-back year with this group, although still not what folks were hoping for after the outstanding performance of her 2014-15 group that went to the WNIT and gave UTC a run for the conference title. With Tianna Tarter back for one more season and a deeper front court than a year ago, this team will likely be a dark horse pick for the conference title.

The Verdict: Incremental progress is still progress. Ezell recruits the region well, but her teams are still frustratingly inconsistent. Now that she’s wrapping up her first full recruiting cycle, we’ll really have an idea of what her teams are capable of this year, and what we can expect going forward. Job Security: B+


Spring Sports

Baseball
Tony Skole (18th season)
Record Under Skole: 471-538 (.467)/221-283 (.438)
Record During Sample: 164-180 (.477)/68-84 (.447)
Championships During Sample: 1 (2013)
Championships Under Skole: 1 (2013)
Postseason Appearances During Sample: 1 (2013)
Postseason Wins During Sample: 0

Once again, I advocated for Tony Skole’s dismissal as head coach after last season’s collapse. In the home stretch of what could’ve been one of the worst seasons of Skole’s tenure (and the program’s worst conference record since the 1980s), he pulled a rabbit out of a hat and salvaged a 30-win season paired with a deep run in the conference tournament (technically a third-place finish, although teams aren’t ranked on their order of elimination in the tournament). If you laid out a checklist of things you’d want an ETSU coach to do in a given year, Skole hit most of those boxes: a deep tournament run and a winning season with victories over UT, App State, and Virginia Tech. By pure results-based metrics, Skole has earned at least one more year.

The question I would ask is, what is the long-term vision for the program? Baseball feels like a footnote at ETSU despite the sport’s prominence in the conference and the region as a whole. The team had the fourth-best gate in the SoCon this year (well behind Mercer and Western and just behind UNCG), but that was just 457 spectators a game; men’s soccer had 514 per game in a region that is, at best, indifferent to soccer. So much is put into “culture” in college sports these days, and I don’t think the culture of ETSU baseball is the kind that wins championships or recruits athletes who want to. I don’t think Skole is the coach to lead this program to prominence long term, but does the political and financial will exist at the top to initiate that kind of change? I’d say the answer is a resounding “no,” or we would’ve seen it before now.

The Verdict: Skole probably shouldn’t still be the coach at ETSU, even after a semi-successful season, but he will be. Blame it on inertia or simply an administrative blind spot, but I expect him to continue running a mediocre program for at least a year or two more. Job Security: C

Softball
Brad Irwin (6th season)
Record Under Irwin: 122-215 (.362)/34-107 (.241)
Record During Sample: 108-183 (.371)/31-90 (.256)
Championships During Sample: 1 (2017 Tournament)
Championships Under Irwin: 1 (2017 Tournament)
Postseason Appearances During Sample: 1 (2017)
Postseason Wins During Sample: 0

I thought Irwin was on the ropes two years ago when the team was floundering and had won 15 conference games total in Irwin’s first five years, but 2016 was softball’s best season since 2009; he built on that with the best season in program history in 2017, culminating in a conference championship plus Player of the Year honors for Danielle Knoetze. After years of struggling to pull out of the hard retrograde trajectory brought on by the end of Andrea Mangrum’s tenure that left many wondering if he was the right man for the job, it seems Irwin has righted the ship.

The Verdict: Irwin has exceeded my expectations for the program two years in a row, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t be squarely in the good graces of the administration. If he keeps this up, he’ll have the job for as long as he wants it. Job Security: B
05-30-2017 07:48 PM
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Nice write up again. Thanks.
05-31-2017 07:03 AM
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