A new way to track and evaluate coaches
Posted on: April 18, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:06 pm
If KenPom.com was considered an invaluable resource for college basketball data before this, then how do we classify it now?
The best site for hoopheads got even better Monday morning, as Pomeroy, with the help of Josh Riddell, who runs The Mikan Drill, introduced a new facet to KenPom.com: Coaching Resumes. There is now data and statistics and rankings for every Division I coach from the past eight years. (Pomeroy launched his site in '03.)
Why is this helpful? You can see the things a coach values, and what he doesn't. You can see how a coach stays strict to his beliefs, even when he changes jobs, or how moving to a higher pay grade can alter his philosophy in certain ways.
The former applies to John Calipari; the latter: Seton Hall's Kevin Willard. Former Providence coach Keno Davis also got away from what led him to a 2008 28-5 season at Drake before taking the Friars job.
The statistics involved are tempo-free, of course. So, while overall records are listed, things like adjusted defensive and offensive efficiency; effective field goal percentage; turnover percentage; 3-point shooting; free-throw shooting; assist rates and more are included.
When I say the name Bob Huggins, what do you think? Do you think practitioner of high-volume offensive rebounding and assist rates? Because you should. Frank Martin, a man in Huggins' coaching tree, also has a terrific, albeit short, track record of coaching his teams into rebound-snaring machines.
This sort of blossoming statistical analysis won't register much on most people's radars, I know, but it does make those of us who enjoy the numbers-driven side of the sport that much more digestable, interpretive and helpful. And knowledgeable. It never hurts to have more data; how you use and weight the data is another issue.
As Pomeroy notes in his initiative blog entry about the new feature, this new corridor to his site can also help those within university borders. The athletic directors and school presidents can get a better view of what they might be looking for in a coach, statistically. That's not all of the hiring process, but track record is normally vital. Now the white-collared shot-callers can see who's truly been consistent and elite in certain areas. After all, why pay for expensive search firms, effectively wasting money, when you could get an intern or already-paid employee to do the data-driven leg work first?
Pomeroy writes: "I hope you enjoy coaching resumes as much as I do."
So earnest, I love it. And, oh, I do, Ken. I do.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got an entire day to spend rummaging through the statistics. The best college basketball site on the Internet has given us another data set to build columns, comparisons and conclusions around.