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AndersonDawgAndersonDawg Posts: 1,580 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

For several years, many of us Dawg fans (me included) have been skewering him.

Time to give him some props on improvements to athletic facilities, hires of head coaches and general upgrades of most UGA sports.



  • greshamdiscogreshamdisco Posts: 2,589 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited May 2019

    I’ve met Greg a few times. He is a nice guy and loves the Dawgs. His hiring has paid off in many places, and he has taken some risks. The jury’s out on gymnastics and women’s BB, but in FB, BB and baseball, he has nailed it. Our facilities are much improved in areas like Stegman and the new tennis stadium.

  • swilkerson73swilkerson73 Posts: 1,122 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited May 2019

    I never got the animosity towards McGarity.

    I always figured it was Richt fans upset over his dismissal.

    How did that work out? Pretty well so far.

  • MIghtydawgMIghtydawg Posts: 889 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    McGarity's hires have not been that good. Seth Emerson wrote a really good article about this last year. https://www.dawgnation.com/mens-basketball/history-greg-mcgarity-hires-georgia

    Here is Seth's write up on McGarity hires:

    Lizzy Stemke, volleyball: Stemke was McGarity’s first hire, after the 2010 season. She had been an assistant at Nebraska. Stemke was fired after five seasons, with a 79-105 overall record and 32-80 in the SEC.

    Danna Durante, gymnastics: Durante, who had been the coach at California, was hired after Jay Clark was fired in 2011. Georgia’s best finish under Durante was fifth at the national meet. Durante was fired last year after the team finished 12 th at the national meet.

    Scott Stricklin, baseball: Stricklin, who replaced David Perno after the 2012 season, had been the head coach at Kent State, and prior to that an assistant at Georgia Tech. He had an ideal résumé, but so far it’s been a struggle. Georgia has yet to reach the NCAA Tournament in Stricklin’s four seasons, and his record with the Bulldogs was 104-119-1 overall and 43-75-1 entering this season. The Bulldogs are 11-5 this season but have yet to start SEC play.

    Josh Brewer, women’s golf: Brewer was an assistant at UCLA when he was hired in 2012 to replace Kelly Hester, whose contract was not renewed. Hester, a Georgia alumnus, is now the coach at Clemson, which qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year. Georgia, under Brewer, has qualified for the NCAA nationals once in his four years, finishing 18 th two years ago.

    Billy Lesesne, women’s soccer: Lesesne, who had been an assistant coach at Duke, was hired after the 2014 fall season to replace Steve Holeman, who was fired after the team lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Georgia has had three straight losing seasons under Lesesne, including last fall, when the team was 4-12-2 overall and 0-9-1 in SEC play.

    Joni Taylor, women’s basketball: Taylor, who played at Alabama, was an assistant coach at Georgia for four years before being promoted to replace Andy Landers, who retired after nearly four decades as coach. Then-associate athletics director Carla Williams, who played for Landers at Georgia, played a key role in the decision to promote Taylor in April 2015. Georgia finished the 2017-18 season with a 25-6 record, and the Bulldogs likely will hear their name called when the women’s NCAA Tournament bracket is released Monday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). They missed the tournament last year and went out in the first round in Taylor’s first season, which was 2015-16.

    Patros Kyprianou, track and field/cross country: Kyprianou was an assistant coach at Georgia for seven years before being elevated in 2015 to replace Wayne Norton, who was not retained. This has been a home-run hire so far, with Kyprianou guiding the women’s indoor track team to a national title last week, and the other track teams also contending for titles. Kyprianou oversees essentially six sports: men’s outdoor track, indoor track and cross country, along with the women’s teams in the three sports.

    Kirby Smart, football: So far, so good.

    Tom Black, volleyball: Black is off to a good start, guiding Georgia to records of 22-12 overall and 10-8 in the SEC. The Bulldogs didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, but they had their first winning season in four years.

    Courtney Kupets Carter, gymnastics: The former Georgia great is nearing the end of her first season as coach. The team is 4-8 entering its meet Friday at Utah, which will be followed next week by the SEC championships.

    The current tally: Three successful hires, two failures, three heading in the wrong direction, and two that are too early to tell.

  • GeoffDawgGeoffDawg Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Realistically though, you get it right with football and sometimes basketball, that's the majority of your success metrics right there anyway.

  • MIghtydawgMIghtydawg Posts: 889 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    The boosters got it right with Kirby. McGarity did not really have a choice and the boosters have stepped up with record fundraising to support Kirby's projects. The jury is still out on Crean. He has a fantastic recruiting class but the team was awful last year.

  • KaseyKasey Posts: 18,700 mod

    Did McGarrity even want to fire Richt? I also thought Mullen was on his list?

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