Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by alietigator, May 11, 2018.
Al Pinkins from Texas Tech. Don’t know too much but his bio says he develops front court players
Just heard the same...
@33hoop will be happy with this resume/bio
I need to know what "Al" is short for before I can pass judgment. I'm hoping for Alfredo or Albertino
Used to work at Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU as well.
This would be a fantastic hire.
Texas Tech Athletics
Won a Georgia high school championship playing QB on the football team. Any eligibility remaining?
Wonder what that jackass tweeting about how Mike was going to get killed in recruiting for firing a black coach thinks now?
As they say...if you can beat them, join them...
Is it truly a good hire or are we just saying that because he’s hired? Because we said Gates was a great hire too. I’m betting the house that he lasts longer than Gates, but I still worry about him being at 4 places in 7 years. He’s moved around quite a bit and this will likely be another stepping stone for him. He obviously knows how to develop front court talent which is what we need.
I base my opinion on his resume— the teams he has coached, the positions he has focused upon and players he has developed.
He has a strong SEC background, works with the frontcourt and has a pretty solid list of players he has coached.
Now, we of course, do not know him personally - so the other factors that make a hire a good one, are unknown to us.
But on paper— looks pretty damn solid.
That said, I felt the same about Gates (for different reasons). Let’s hope this turns out better.
I know one thing—- if I hear otherwise, I sure as hell ain’t posting it here!
Aw man! I wish you hadn't brought that up. I was so close to nearly, almost over that....
I do like his resume and that he’s been around the southeast as opposed to the north. I hope he decides to stick around long enough to develop some great post talent.
Big thanks to the OP for breaking the news here. Really appreciate it, @alietigator!
@Efawcett7 will be posting a story shortly re the hire, and we'll post it in a separate thread.
Meanwhile, here's the confirmation story from GatorZone's Denver Parler...
White Hires Al Dinkins as Associate Head Coach
Pinkins brings SEC experience and a track record of success working with frontcourt players.
By Denver Parler | Friday, May 11, 2018
Florida head coach Mike White has hired Al Pinkins as associate head coach, rounding out the Gators' men's basketball coaching staff. Pinkins brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience, including five in the Southeastern Conference, to Gainesville.
"We're really excited about the opportunity to bring Al to Florida," White said. "I've known Al for many years, and his high-level coaching experience and familiarity with the SEC make him a great addition to our coaching staff. He does great work in all phases of the job, but has a particularly strong track record of developing big men."
"My family and I are thrilled to become a part of Gator Nation," Pinkins said. "I've been to Gainesville many times as an opposing coach. I look forward to having the Rowdy Reptiles and the rest of the University of Florida's great fans on my side now. This opportunity for me and my family comes after two wonderful and successful seasons spent in Lubbock at Texas Tech. We will always be grateful to Coach Chris Beard, [Texas Tech athletic director] Kirby Hocutt and our Red Raider family for our time spent there.
"Recently, I had the chance to revisit some discussions I had with Coach White when his staff first had an opening. It became clear that the University of Florida is a special place and a program my family and I want to be a part of. I'm ready to get to work. Go Gators!"
Read more here.
It's pretty rare you hire an assistant that is around long term. If he has the opportunity to become a head coach or move up in his career that's probably a good sign for what he accomplished here.
Same way I look at people worried Duke will come after White. If they do that means he has been very successful here. I'm okay with that
Is this Denver Parler guy a new writer for GZ? I haven’t heard of him. I hope Chris Harry is still around!
For most in the coaching profession, it's a nomadic lifestyle. Downright Bedouin, if you will. You can't read too much into it. If the head coach you work for takes another job or gets canned, guess what? You need to put a sign out in the front yard and start packing.
Big man coach with deep ties in the Deep South pipeline. What's not to like?
Recently, I had the chance to revisit some discussions I had with Coach White when his staff first had an opening.
This is kind of an interesting line. Did we approach Pinkins first, get turned down, turn to Gates and then sweeten our offer to Pinkins once Gatesgate went down?