> Padua never posted the position for the basketball coaching position. <
I believe it was posted on their website. To me, that's pretty lame (a word I've now used twice in this thread), yet, word got out because a good handful of people interviewed for it.
I agree with the basic point, though. It wasn't in the News Journal (to the best of my knowledge). By putting it only on the school's website, you're really limiting the potential candidate pool.
One heavy hitter was turned away after he got in his resume too late (because he had only just found out that it was open), yet still *before* the decision had been made. The school stood hard on their deadline even though the applicant would've been a game changer. Deadlines are cool, but when you use that as the only thing to keep a top drawer candidate out of the field, you're throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
There was a lot wrong with the procedure. Almost to the point where it could be held up as an example of how *not* to select a coach. From the half-hearted publication of the opening, to the composition of the selection committee, to standing on protocol to keep out a great candidate.
People thought that once Angel Payne was gone, everything would be hunky-dory. But the problem is really systemic. Or, perhaps, in deference to the administration, educating their students and preparing them for college and adult life is what is paramount. In that scheme of things, basketball doesn't even rate as a priority.
Here's their Mission Statement: "Rooted in the Catholic faith, Padua Academy offers young women a transformational college preparatory education, challenging them to live Christ-centered lives of leadership and service."
I don't see the word "basketball" anywhere in there. I suppose they can be forgiven for not focusing a whole lot of time and energy on it. After all, basketball decisions affect, what, 30 girls? That's 30 out of 600 total students. It's just not a big deal to an administration more concerned with the 95% of the student body that doesn't play basketball.
Not saying this is how *I* feel. Just trying to understand and be sympathetic to why Padua does what it does. Coach after coach after coach after coach.
This entire thread is proof enough of how divided the Padua Basketball community is. You've got pro-administration types like Culture Keeper and people on the other side, like It's a Joke, Lovethegame, and Letthedramabegin. All of this could've been fairly dealt with had a non-parent coach been selected. But Padua consciously chose to keep the internal conflict alive.
Me, personally? I wouldn't care at all had I not gone to Sallies. Padua was then, as it is today, Salesianum's "sister" school. My school bus was even split half Sallies, half Padua. So, I have a natural affinity to the place. In this situation, though, I wish I could lay it down and not care. But I can't.
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