Binghamton men's basketball coach Kevin Broadus hiring
I'd like to thank Coach Walker for leaving the program in good shape. The program is not bare at all, it's in good shape. I'm happy and excited for the opportunity to build a successful program with all of you, with all of your support and enthusiasm. I'm looking forward to working with all of you
I'd like to thank people who have helped me along the way. I'd like to thank my wife because it's been a long road from my Bowie State days, to the D.C. days, to my time at American, George Washington and now with the Georgetown.
I'd first like to thanks Georgetown and John Thompson III who taught me a number of things about basketball that I didn't know before I got there. Both him and his dad have taught me a lot.
Of course, Karl Hobbs, who is one of my mentors who I was fortunate to work with to build a program to national precedence. He is an important mentor and I'd like to thank him.
There are many others who have been very instrumental in my career. Will Jones is a mentor, John Thompson Jr., Ed Myers and Al Brathaway.
Binghamton has good tradition and a lot to build on and I'm very aware of that. I've been taught in the few days with Dr. Thirer, about some of the things that he expects. I was going through some literature and I've done my homework 100 % graduation rate and I plan to keep that up. The commitment is huge, just to see the faces and the people here and to feel the warmth of the community. It was hard with the calls I've gotten from people that I tried not to let it out, but I feel blessed right now and I want to make everyone here happy.
We have goals and aspirations. I talked with the guys before and we want to be America East Champions, and that's a goal that is easier said than done. We have to work hard and I know that.
We have goals and aspirations. I talked to the guys (players). We want to be America East champs. It's easier said than done, but I think these guys understand. These guys want to win. I told them we have to have burning desires for two things: to be very good students they have to get a degree and second of all, to play at the next level, which means hard work. Its' easier said than done, but I think these guys understand and they want to win. To have a 100% graduation rate is incredible. I haven't really seen that anywhere and I've been at some very strong institutions.
just want to thank everyone for being here. I don't want to talk
long and I don't want to bore you, I'm on one hour of sleep.
We played last night then drove home while the kids and wife
slept whole way and then drove here today. I would just like
to thank everyone, I can't say that enough.
A: Were going to play a type of style that is very disciplined. Were going to play up-tempo, but its going to be disciplined. Its going to be hard to defend us the way were going to play. People are going to say I am going to bring the Princeton style, the GW (George Washington) style, the American University style were going to play the Binghamton style. And youll find out quickly what that is. Its going to be a very good style, its going to be very disciplined, very up-tempo, and one thing I do know - were going to defend because the thing that Ive learned in the last week about the team from last year is we had pretty good offensive players and now we got to get them to defend. The guys played at a 40 percentile on the offense in field goal percentage and thats pretty good. Now we got to teach these guys how to defend and rebound. And if they want to win the America East, theyll pick that up quickly, hopefully.
Q: You said you just met with all the players, you know what's coming back in terms of scoring next year. You say you want to win the America East, do you mean immediately or are you building a plan for the next couple of years?
A: I would love to win it immediately. I cant promise you that, one thing like I told the players; Ill never lie to you. Im not going to put any timetable on it, but thats our goal. They said thats their dreams and aspirations, I want to help them, but I told them they have to make sure they know its hard work coming along with that. So when you tell me you want to win the AE you got to work hard.
Q: Youve been credited with bringing in a lot of the players whove helped Georgetown reach the Final Four this year. This year you recruited two McDonalds All-Americans to come to the Hoyas next season. Where do you plan on recruiting from for this program?
A: All over, All over. I dont have a broad-base, one city only. People like to say hes a D.C. guy. Ive gotten guys out of Virginia Beach, Atlanta...a guy thats playing in the NBA Pops Mensa Bonsu, recruited him to GW from London. All over, thats my plan. Im not going to say were just going to recruit in a certain area. Were going to recruit New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia; were going to recruit the best player, the best student-athlete, thats what were going to recruit. Were not going to just recruit the best player and sacrifice the academics for another player. Were going to put it all together and get the best student-athlete from whatever area we can find them in.
Q: Jeff Jones at American said you are a person who can recruit all types of people, all ages all kinds of people. What are your skills that allow you to do that?
Personality. Recruiting is mostly personality and I hate to
put this on it, but its a little bit of salesmanship.
You have to be able to sell yourself, the University, the academics,
you have a beautiful facility here to sell. I have to sell you
guys, the people in this room, the support. We cant win,
we cant recruit without the support. Im not going
to make it a secret, Im not going to fool you, Im
not going to say we can do it with mirrors. We need everyone
in this room to recruit. People always say youre a great
recruiter; I didnt do it by myself. I may have recruited
the individual, but I had support and I had help. I had this
lady (wife) in my corner, I had that person at Georgetown, and
that person at American with Jeff Jones. People only look at
the small picture of recruiting. Recruiting is a wide base and
for us to get the right student-athlete at Binghamton, its
going to take everyone in this room and others to help us. Im
not saying financially, its going to take the mind trust and
the support and the yelling in the stands and being behind this
team and things like that. One thing I do know, kids love to
play in front of crowds that you have. And that was the one
big selling point for me when I saw the support of the fans and
the season ticket holders and I was just like wow.
Q: Standing here, right now at this moment, what is your number one biggest challenge?
A: My number one, biggest challenge is America East, the other eight other schools. Thats the biggest challenge. These guys are willing to put in the time and effort. That window is scary because with a little bit of luck and the ball bounced a few different ways I may not be here and thats just the reality of this business. The biggest challenge is to hope that we get the luck and ball bounces in a few more times and were in the left column more than the right side of the column, but the biggest challenge is the other schools. Some of these schools have a full head of steam, and thats not to say they are better places, because theyre not. Theyve tasted the NCAA, its contagious. The Vermonts, the Albanys, the different schools in this league that have tasted the winning, thats the biggest challenge. Now we got to taste the winning because once you taste it its hard, because once they taste winning its contagious. Then kids will want to come, the so-to-speak top players in the country will want to come play for you. We will get those kids, because were going to work hard. The group well put together, whether its the guys here, or some other guys, I dont know. I dont really want to elaborate because I havent really thought about that part, but the biggest challenge is the other schools. Once we get it going, youre going to love the product. Were going to play very disciplined, were going to have some up-tempo, but were going to play a style of basketball that you can appreciate. I see a lot of people in here that have a lot of gray hairs like me that will recognize the system. Im not going to put a name on it. Its going to be the Binghamton system and its going to be a system you can appreciate. And the challenges, well be up to it, well be up to the other schools, quickly.
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