Oct 6, 2010
Ralph Willard Changes Role At Louisville

Ralph Willard, in his new position as the University of Louisville’s director of basketball operations, took himself out of the lineup.

Head coach Rick Pitino said the 64-year-old Willard asked to move from his position as associate coach to basketball operations in August before the recruiting period started. Willard wanted to give Mark Lieberman a chance to be a full-time assistant coach, because Willard didn’t want to one day “leave and suddenly no one is prepared to step in.”

Lieberman, whose contract calls for him to be paid $50, 000 this season, was hired in June from Monsignor Pace High School in Miami. Pitino said the new assistant’s role will focus on teaching defense.

“Mark is one of the best man-to-man defensive teachers I’ve witnessed in a long, long time, Pitino said. We’re going to play probably 75 percent man-to-man this year.”

Willard made $350, 000 last year and stands to make $375, 000 this year as part of a three-year contract. His new duties will include “coaching the coaches.” “He is going to, every single day, dissect all of us, Pitino said. Say where he thinks we need to get better as teachers of the game. He’s been great at that.”

Ralph Willard Changes Role At Louisville

From the Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

Ralph Willard, in his new position as the University of Louisville’s director of basketball operations, took himself out of the lineup.

Head coach Rick Pitino said the 64-year-old Willard asked to move from his position as associate coach to basketball operations in August before the recruiting period started. Willard wanted to give Mark Lieberman a chance to be a full-time assistant coach, because Willard didn’t want to one day “leave and suddenly no one is prepared to step in.”

Lieberman, whose contract calls for him to be paid $50, 000 this season, was hired in June from Monsignor Pace High School in Miami. Pitino said the new assistant’s role will focus on teaching defense.

“Mark is one of the best man-to-man defensive teachers I’ve witnessed in a long, long time, Pitino said. We’re going to play probably 75 percent man-to-man this year.”

Willard made $350, 000 last year and stands to make $375, 000 this year as part of a three-year contract. His new duties will include “coaching the coaches.” “He is going to, every single day, dissect all of us, Pitino said. Say where he thinks we need to get better as teachers of the game. He’s been great at that.”






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