eskimow wrote:Yes, Scott Prohaska has left. Not sure I will keep my son there now. He was the one that built the culture and taught character as well as physically developing them better than any team in the country.
I heard ( from a supposed friend of his) he is working with multiple olympians again and is not happy with how the program is ignoring his teachings.
Prohaska is certainly a leader in his field and has had a profound impact on the physical preparation of MD athletes. And, by virtue of the time spent with the team, I’m sure he has had a personal impact on players individually and collectively. However, I would argue that the “culture” of MD football, the 3 Stripes representing Pride, Poise and Courage, has been in place for generations, nurtured and cultivated for the last 30 years by one man and one man only, Rollo. In fact many in the MD community would argue that the current incarnation of the 3 stripe culture is no longer firmly rooted in exactly that, the MD community (geographically and otherwise).
As to the character building referenced; I’m always going to argue that such should be done primarily in the home, but I also feel strongly about the value of the game of football, and all sports, with regard to character development. But half sarcastically and completely seriously... I am compelled to offer that character is not built in a semester or two. Most importantly, the MD football character builder in-chief, or rather character extractor
, as it were, is and always has been Rollo... PERIOD.
Long story short, no MD asst coach, coming or going, is going to change the landscape or success quotient of MD football. And no player is going to base his decision or whether to go or stay on who the strength coach is.
Success at MD, is predicated on one thing, players. Recruiting. To remain relevant in the current landscape success is dependent on transient athletes whose reasons for coming to MD call their own (and their parents) character into question.
As good as Prohaska is, he is only as good as the athletes he trains. Does he make teams better? Of course. Does he change the DNA of athletes. No.
Bob Baffert would still be running nags at Los Al if it weren’t for the exceptional DNA of the horses he’s been blessed to train.
MD will be just fine and move seemlessly to their next S/C coach. Guaranteed.