Don Maestri Quotes

Don Maestri (born October 25, 1946) is an American college basketball coach and the former head men's basketball coach at Troy University. He held the same position from 1982 until 2013. Prior to accepting this position, Maestri was an assistant coach at Mississippi State University from 1979 to 1980 and at the University of Alabama from 1980 to 1982. Maestri coached the Trojans to a record of 500-404, one NCAA Basketball Tournament, five regular season conference titles, and one conference tournament title over the course of 26 seasons at Troy. He has been named coach of the year in the East Coast Conference (1994), the Summit League (1997, then known as the Mid-Continent Conference), Atlantic Sun Conference (2000 and 2004) and the Sun Belt Conference (2009)

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“Because Josh was ready, he was a difference maker. It's a sign of his attitude by staying ready because he might not get in. I'm proud of him for that.”

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“He's pressured himself more by being a fifth-year senior with his desire to win. That was the irony and the great part was that it was him that hit the shots.”

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“It's hard to believe that a shot could go that far in and still come out. It was in the basket. It would have cut the score to 68-66 and put a lot more pressure on them down the stretch.”

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“We could have been down by 30 at half if Todd hadn't hit some key baskets.”

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“This was the worst game we've played this season in terms of passing, handling the ball and dribbling the ball. It was a sloppy game.”

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“He guards the heck out of Bobby. He's got great defensive feet and is a good 3-point shooter, but he doesn't have as many chances to shoot.”

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“If we had a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Bill Walton or Yao Ming, you'd have to make sure he gets the ball. You really have to know your team and your talent. It's kind of unconventional. But we felt the only way we can succeed is to shoot threes.”

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“It's definitely something we have to consider.”

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“Once he gets going, he's like a gunfighter. He sets that little thing, zeroes in, and boom.”

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“It's surprising how well they've been playing. I guess their chemistry got better and they've rallied around each other. They're playing really well right now.”

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“This was a game that these guys will remember for the rest of their lives. Especially the seniors. They performed superbly in overtime.”

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“I hate to get back on the road. We're tired of traveling. We've had enough hotel management classes.”

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“He got close to a lot of people. He was an amazing person in terms of commitment. Just last fall I was out there (recreation fields) and he was officiating soccer.”

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“They were not going to break at the end like some teams in this league. I don't think this team ever felt like it could catch up because (South Alabama) held it together and didn't fold.”

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“We felt fortunate that we were able to make a basket to get the 11-point run going. All season long, when we've lost the lead in the second half, we just basically folded.”

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