At yesterday’s open scrimmage we got a chance to see the 2015-16 in live action and peek into what the new coaching staff’s philosophy is all about. With Patrick Holloway being held out due to a minor injury we saw a starting lineup (green team) that included Otis Livingston, Marquise Moore, Jaire Grayer, Marko Gujanicic, and Shevon Thompson. Later Dave Paulsen alluded that this would be the starting lineup if the season started today. Paulsen has already stated that freshman Livingston could be a day one starter at point guard and he saw plenty of action there in this scrimmage.
Yesterday I attended the team’s morning practice and got a chance to observe Dave Paulsen’s philosophy and style of coaching. What stuck out right away was his attention to detail and overall emphasis on fundamentals. He really does not want these guys to keep hurting themselves, as they have been for the past two seasons, with turnovers, poor shot selection, and fouling. Communication was also a big focus, with so many new players and guys playing division I basketball for the first time, this is very necessary for the team’s success this season.
Dave Paulsen has added another assistant coach to his staff with DC area ties, Duane Simpkins. Simpkins held a similar position at UNC-Greensboro and played for Maryland from 1992-1996. He also coached a few local high school teams before entering the college ranks. Paulsen is following up his press conference statements about tapping into the fertile recruiting base in the DC area and this is another great step in doing just that.
George Mason has hired UNC Greensboro assistant Duane Simpkins to the same position.
Dave Paulsen recently had a radio interview discussing his position as George Mason’s new head coach. We get some real insight on his thoughts about the current roster and he talks about how they are lacking at the guard positions, especially ball-handlers and shooters. Paulsen also states how the previous coaching staff put a premium on bringing in size and athleticism, something that confused and frustrated most fans. Below is the audio:
We haven’t heard much about who will be the assistant coaches on Dave Paulsen’s staff but now it looks like he has brought with him former Bucknell assistant Aaron Kelly. Kelly has ties to the DC area, he was a Catholic University graduate, and was also an assistant under Paulsen from his days coaching at Williams College. While at Catholic he played under current George Washington coach Mike Lonergan. Judging by Kelly’s bio on Bucknell’s website, it seems that he was responsible for similar duties that former George Mason assistant Chris Kreider held.
New George Mason head coach Dave Paulsen appeared on CBS in the DC area (WUSA9) before the national championship game last night. He said a lot of similar things that he did in the press conference but I definitely like hearing him say he will adjust his style based on the players. Watch the full video below.