Re: What's the highest level you played?
posted at 5/7/2012 9:49 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What's the highest level you played?
[QUOTE]Mackay is what he is. he isn't a great hockey coach really, but the program wouldn't exist at this point without him. he organizes everything, and when he isn't thrust into a roll where he has to be a coach, he is critical to the team.
Posted by patriotpat99[/QUOTE]
100% great guy, and a great part of the team. I really thought the team benefited from his stability in the locker-room, and he also really seems to care about the players future after college. Given what we had to endure, he was a breath of fresh air. I'm just sayin, the guy isn't exactly an X's and O's guy. If it seemed like I was demeaning him, I wasn't--it was much more of a commentary on Coach Johnson
Coach Johnson, never once in several years @ UMass blew his whistle to tell people where they should be on the ice. Given the fact that everyone was from different programs (except for the Hingham High guys like me), this was a huge problem on the ice. It took about one practice to realize why he was silent on these matters: He had no clue where people were actually supposed to be.
We didn't have a break out, we didn't have a defensive zone coverage, we didn't have a forecheck, we didn't have a neutral zone regroup, we didn't have a power-play (he called everything we did "the umbrella") we didn't have a penalty kill. Occasionally we did drills that resembled those things, but by no means was it a guided tour;he had no actual understanding of what those drills were trying to accomplish. If I had to make an honest guess, he probably just bought a book of drills or looked on Google for how to fill up a practice from start to finish, and then just rolled with it for his entire career. The program was 100% reliant on players instinctively going where they had been taught in high school. He wondered why I didn't respect him.
I'm going to leave my criticisms to his hockey coaching, but as a person, let's just say there is work to be done in that department. Coach Johnson also made Coach McKay look like the dalai lama.
Anyways, that sucks about Coach Atkinson, seems just what the doctor ordered for the club team. I'll look into the golf tournament, I am not the best golfer, but I just got new clubs and I'm sure some of the other alum would like to go. I'm actually hoping to be back on the campus for 2013 to finish my Chemistry degree (I never finished due to that pesky warcraft thing), only one semester left though.