Friday, February 24, 2012

Lenahan continues to build family tree

I was once told that the mark of a successful coach is how many other coaches he helps develop.

A great feature at the College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City is 'the family tree', where you can click on a colleg basketball coach's name, and it will tell you which coaches they have worked for and with during their careers - giving some true insight into which coaching families they have come from.

When you look at the stable of coaches who have worked for and with the likes of Bobby Knight in college basketball, Bill Walsh in football, and Sir Alex Ferguson in the English Premier League, it's obvious that they have the ability to develop both great players and great coaches.

In the college game here in the US, Tim Lenahan of Northwestern University has develop quite a reputation for mentoring coaches. Recently, Rich Nassif became the 13th former Lenahan assistant to move on to a head coaching position.

After nine seasons as a player and member of the coaching staff for the Northwestern men’s soccer team, Nassif was appointed the new head coach at Benedictine University. Nassif is the 13th former assistant on head coach Tim Lenahan’s staff to move on to a head coaching position and sixth during Lenahan’s tenure with the Wildcats.

"I would like to thank head coach Tim Lenahan for giving me the opportunity to represent my alma mater,” Nassif said. “I have been very fortunate to work with such a tremendous group of coaches, players, administration and support staff at Northwestern. The relationships and memories I have formed here make it difficult to leave and Northwestern will always be close to my heart. I am extremely excited for this next chapter in my career and cannot wait to start as head coach at Benedictine."

“I can’t say enough about Rich Nassif and his impact on the program at Northwestern,” Lenahan said. “He came to us as a last-minute walk-on and leaves as one of the most influential people in the history of our program. He came to us nine years ago and the fact that we have had nine-straight winning seasons and leaves with a double Big Ten Championship is no coincidence. I look forward to following his career as the head men’s soccer coach at Benedictine and look forward to seeing him back at NU as an alum and supporter of the program.”

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