Mack McCarthy: East Carolina Head Coach Q&A

October 27th, 2008
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College Basketball's Best Coaches is lucky to have access to some of the best coaches in college basketball. As part of our preseason interview series, we thought it would be appropriate to ask these basketball minds about the best things that their team and college basketball has to offer.


Mack McCarthy: East Carolina

We continue this month long Q&A Series with long-time coach Mack Mccarthy, who has had successful stints at Tennessee-Chattanooga, VCU, and now East Carolina. Coach McCarthy was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer questions for What will be the best strength of this year's team?


Mack McCarthy) We are fairly athletic, but compared to previous teams we have more offensive weapons. We’ve had some players who could shoot, but now we also have more who can simply score.



CHN) Who is the biggest leader on this year's squad?


MM) Sam Hinnant is the most respected player on our team.  While he is not the vocal leader necessarily, he leads by example and the fact that he has been a starter and solid performer for four years.



CHN) What's the best change you've made in your coaching style in recent seasons?


MM) Your coaching style is an ever evolving process.  We have really simplified our playbook, and therefore we spend more time on fundamentals—especially shooting.



CHN) What's the best arena you guys visit during the year?


MM) Memphis is awesome.  While it’s a pro arena, those folks know how to do the entire deal.  They have it all from the band, to the cheerleaders, to the dance team, to the video and audio presentations, to the tradition, to the enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans.



CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?


MM) I’m not sure what we’re capable of as it relates to wins and losses.  I know we have to stay healthy, and improve our defense and rebounding if we are going to play well consistently.



CHN) Any last words to Pirates fans? Why should they come out and support the team?


MM) We have a small, intimate arena that can be as loud as any in the country when it’s packed. Our student population is very vocal and very supportive of our basketball team. We try to incorporate activities for them all season, which includes a closed practice session for members of our student body and alumni hosted by Charles Barkley. We have developed an entire new pregame audio and video presentation, which I think will get everybody fired up prior to tip-off. We’re even going to have the entire marching band present for some games.



CHN) Thanks coach. Everyone in Greenville or the surrounding areas should go check out an ECU game this year! 08-09 Preview: InterviewsComplete Top 144 Ranking08-09 Preview HomepageDiscuss the Preview