- April 17, 2011 - 10:27
Having watched the AUS for over twenty years, and having watched Benoite as a player, I can tell you that as a player he was a class act. One of the deadliest shooters in the history of the AUS. And from the 30 or so games I saw him play in, a sportsman as well. This is not a case of Peter losing a recruit; this is a case of a recruit considering his academic future. O'Brien indicated that he wanted to study engineering - UNB is recognized as one of the top schools in this field throughout the country and North America. The same cannot be said of UNB's basketball program. Contrary to what some of you think, UNB has been rebuilding since the 70's. Hammy and Gillespie brought the program glimmers of hope but they will continue to be a first -round AUS playoff disappointment for years to come.
- bob parker
- July 19, 2011 - 22:50
This is huge for the UNB program with some good recruits coming in this season. Interesting to hear a kid from Ottawa named Geoff Tait has commited to play at UNB next year as well.I hear he is a 2/3 guard/forward. Played with Justin Shaver(Carelton commit) for Nepean High school. Also some guys from Laval. Should be a competitive team next year in New Brunswick.
- Jay Triano
- April 14, 2011 - 20:13
Well, its like this. As a player, would you rather play for the Celtics or the Raptors? Think about it......yes, they are a door mat!!! The MUN men's program is bad.......horrible actually. They wouldn't beat the female team. I know of players that would rather sit out than play for MUN.
- Former SeaHawk
- April 13, 2011 - 08:40
Same old story. MUN has yet to recognize the value and importance of varsity athletics. The coaching staff and programs need the resources to help recruit and retain athletes. Some of the brightest and best students are athletes, a contribution the university needs to understand.
- Tobias Flanderson
- April 13, 2011 - 08:37
Not taking anything away from the program offered at mun, but I think what fans and alumni need to realize is that although Peter was very respected as a player, he doesn't have the same respect from current and former players. Word travels, and yes the needs of the players is first and foremost, however it doesn't take long for friends to talk about their experiences playing for him. Plus, nobody likes playing for a losing team, be it at home or not. And Jack, re-read the article, MUN isn't losing Peter, he's their coach. The article is about a Pasadena player by the name of Aaron O'brien. Peter was a great player, and still is for that matter, however tehcnically he has some learning to do. It's tough to coach when the talent isn't there, but teams have won in the past with heart. A good coach brings out the best in his players. Most Mun men's games this year were over in the first half.
- April 12, 2011 - 16:40
So many people are so proud of u Aaron ! Overcome all adversity .... shoot for the stars, who knows maybe the Boston Celtics will get another Irishman
- April 12, 2011 - 13:39
MUN is extremely lucky to have Peter Benoite. The struggle to recruit top players from outside St. John's is definitely not a reflection of him. Contrary to DOUG's comment I also think Peter has great credibility with players and player development, in part due to his own stellar playing career. However any coach at MUN faces some big challenges more substantial than MUN's lack of AUS success - a sprawling campus bisected by a freeway that lacks the close-knit feel of most other AUS schools (even those in Halifax), OK academic reputation but not as strong as some competitors, and expensive flights that make MUN's low tuition less of a bargain. It is also important to remember that for Nflders on the West Coast MUN is not "local" and many of their classmates also choose to go to NS or NB. Obviously Doug Partridge has had some recruiting success but he is helped by a relatively deep in-province talent pool compared to the men.
- April 12, 2011 - 20:17
Keep in mind that not all universities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are within one block like Saint Mary's, Mount St. Vincent, University of Kings College, Acadia, or St. FX. Take Dalhousie University as an example. Unlike Saint Mary's or MSVU, Dalhousie is not located within one block. For example, Daltech (formerly Technical University of Nova Scotia) is located near Downtown Halifax while parts of the campus are scattered throughout the city's South End. As for star university Basketball players do their sport in their province, Benoite is not the only player choosing to play at another province. Take for example, Katherine Quackenbush, daughter of SMU Huskies coach Ross Quackenbush. Katherine could have played for SMU, but decided to play for MUN in the end. The point I'm trying to make is that star athletes want to play for a college that meets their needs, and maybe MUN didn't meet those of Mr. Benoite's.
- April 12, 2011 - 10:34
This was a no-brainer for O'Brien from both a basketball and academic perspective. Instead of joining periennial door mat MUN, he is joining an up and coming program with a coaching staff capable of developing him into one of the better players in the conference. Recruiting at MUN is always going to be a challenge but it isn't a good sign when they can't even keep the local kids. Benoite needs to assemble a real coaching staff that is not only capable of developing players internally but also has some credibility with potential recruits elsewhere.
- April 12, 2011 - 07:25
Peter Benoite is a class act, great try at recruiting him but handled his decision with a great attitude. Best of luck to both programs in the future!