Tom Heath
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Tom Heath

Business reporter and Value Added columnist for The Washington Post.

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Let Gary be Gary

Q: University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, who was just voted ACC Coach of the Year, gets so frenzied during games that he sweats through his suits. How does that arm-waving, finger-jabbing style contribute to his team's success? And why do other successful coaches pride themselves on their composure?

I am not sure Gary Williams's wild behavior during a game is premeditated or strategic. It's just his personality and the way he coaches. You think he wants or cares whether he sweats through his suit?

I have seen many coaches act crazy during games. Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to a national championship in 1985, ran around with his shirt hanging out and was every bit as emotional as Gary Williams.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski gets a bit animated. Bobby Knight once through a chair across the court. I could go on, but it's just Gary being Gary. Nothing more to read into it than that.

By Tom Heath  |  March 15, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  | Category:  coaching Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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"Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski gets a bit animated. Bobby Knight once through a chair across the court."
Try the word threw.

Posted by: herk1 | March 17, 2010 2:12 PM
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