AU Coach Has Done All He Can

By Knott, Tom | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), January 24, 1997 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

AU Coach Has Done All He Can

Knott, Tom, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)

Chris Knoche does not expect to be the basketball coach at American University next season.

The evidence against the seven-year coach is fairly incriminating. His record is 72-112, counting the team's 6-10 start this season. He has posted only one winning season at the Ward Circle school, a 15-14 effort in 1990-91, his first as coach. He never has advanced beyond the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. His program does not register a blip on the Division I basketball screen.

Those are the bare facts against Knoche, and they are not pretty.

But the case against Knoche is not so simple or clear-cut.

Knoche's problem is a basic one.

It's not his coaching philosophy. It's not his knowledge of the game. It's not his ability to think fast and devise a winning play or defense in the final minutes of a tight game. In fact, he's pretty good in this area. His team already has won three games in overtime this season. He's regarded around the league as a coach who gets the most out of his players.

No, Knoche's problem is that he needs better players. He knows this. Lee McElroy, AU's athletic director, knows this. Anyone who follows the Eagles knows this. Identifying the problem is easy. Fixing it is another matter.

It's not that Knoche doesn't land blue-chip players. Of course, he doesn't get those players. Why, he doesn't get close to those players. Those players wind up in the Atlantic Coast Conference or the Big East or Big Ten. They go to the conferences with national television packages. Knoche is merely wasting postage when he sends a letter to a top 100 player.

Knoche, though, doesn't even attract the best-of-the-rest national players. He's happy when he lands an all-state player from high school, a Tim Fudd at one time or a Darryl Franklin.

Knoche has to deal with a number of frustrating realities when he's recruiting a player.

He can't sell a potential recruit on the program's television package. He can't compare itty-bitty Bender Arena to the Patriot Center at George Mason or the Robins Center at the University of Richmond or the Scope at Old Dominion University.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

AU Coach Has Done All He Can


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?