NW Sports Beat Insider and Writer Blair Thomas highlights what has been the journey of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra in another Northwest Coaching Profile. After three years playing in professionally in Germany, he found his way to the Miami Heat video room and became one of Pat Riley’s favorites due in large part to his work ethic and preparedness. Enjoy, and congrats Coach!
NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Vancouver Canucks head coach and general manager Marc Crawford. A former Canucks draft pick and then a Coach. Cool story. Crow was selected 70th overall in the 4th round by the Vancouver Canucks, and promptly made it to the NHL the very next year in the 1981-82 season. After seven years, Crow was finished in 2006 coaching VanCity.
NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Vancouver Canucks head coach Roger Neilson. He attended McMaster. As he worked his way up the minor leagues, Neilson would go on to clinch 9 Metro Toronto titles. He earned the President’s Trophy with the Rangers, and made the Stanley Cup Finals with the Canucks in 1982, after replacing Harry Neale.
One of our College Hoops fans Jason Green reports on OSU Coach Craig Robinson’s Successes and Failures thus far. He shares his opinion on what OSU Beavers fans should expect in the years to come. With key recruitments of Jarmal Reid and Maika Ostling, will the Beavs be headed for a PAC12 Championship? A berth at March Madness?
Another North West Coach in the spotlight today. Current Oregon State University Coach Craig Robinson. Matt Martz, one of our Oregon sports area bloggers points out Coach Robinson has had much success in the past but is struggling at the helm of the OSU Basketball program. As the saying goes though, there’s always hope and Matt thinks it shouldn’t be too too long before OSU fans see a little March Madness Action.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on ex-Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren. Mike Holmgren was a QB genius, playing the position himself until an injury derailed his playing career. He quickly took that experience into coaching, taking in QBs like Steve young, Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck. He set multiple records while coaching in the NFL, especially while with the Seahawks.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on Washington State Cougars ex-head coach Mike Price. After starting out coaching Weber St, Price was given a beaming recommendation by former high school team mate and personal friend, Dennis Erickson and landed the Wazzu head coaching job. Price took the Cougars to the Rose Bowl twice and earned National Coach of the Year. He is now at UTEP.
NWSB insider Matt Martz brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly. After starting out coaching for Columbia University, he quickly took the offensive reign at his alma mater before becoming the offensive mastermind at the University of Oregon. He took over the head coach position after Mike Belotti vacated it and has elevated the Oregon football program to heights never seen before in Eugene.
NWSB insider Matt Martz brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Oregon Ducks head coach Rich Brooks. With a Mark Twain type approach to life, Brooks was able to surmount the challenges before him throughout his career, and because of that retired as one of the better coaches the Northwest has ever seen.
NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Vancouver Canucks head coach and general manager Pat Quinn. Pat Quinn was one of the hardest workers the league has ever seen in both his playing and administrative roles. He earned the NHL’s Jack Adams top coach award twice. He’s also probably the second greatest coach in team history.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. After climbing the college ranks of coaching, Carroll took a crack at the NFL and then moved on to become one of the greatest college head coaches of all time with the USC Trojans. He is now the head coach of the NFL’s Seahawks and after 2 years with the team, is already seen turning the franchise around.