Coaches don’t normally get a chance to spend a lot of time with one another, unless they meet on the hardwood. This weekend almost every Division I coach is in St. Louis for the Final Four. The NCAA meets and has discussions and seminars with the coaches. Between the meetings, the coaches get a chance to renew old friendships and make new ones.
Saint Louis head coach Brad Soderberg said, “The thing that makes it really nice is with the exception of four of us, the four that are playing, we’re real relaxed. Normally when I see my friends we either just came off a tough loss or you’re playing each other so there’s really not much time to talk.”
SMS head coach Barry Hinson echoed those sentiments, saying, “This is a great time for us because we do get to see old friends. We get to see guys that watch all year long on television.” He added, “It’s a time for food, fun and fellowship.”
Soderberg said that this isn’t just about the coaches hanging out, “This is a great time to go out and have dinner with guys you’ve known for a long time and introduce your families to them and get to know each other a little bit more on a personal level, and that’s really fun.”