Last week, the University of Miami announced the hiring of Travis Steele as the new Miami men’s basketball head coach. After being introduced by sporting director David Sayler, Steele started with a dose of humility.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity, my family and I,” Steele said. “I have a long affinity with Miami.”
During the press conference, Coach Steele highlighted three characteristics of his program building philosophy:
” Let’s call a spade a spade. Change can be uncomfortable. Uncertainty is uncomfortable…I want to make sure those players know I’m here for them. I will spend as much time as possible with them.
“There’s no magic pixie dust for guys to get better at. You have to devote time to it. My job is to give them the development plan, which we will have crystal clear for our guys. This will be the hallmark of our program. It’s what we can do better than any other program in the country and what we can control on a day-to-day basis. The development of our players.
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“We have a lot to sell. If we got a young guy and his family here on campus, man, that’s hard to beat in my opinion. I have been in this field all my life. I’ve coached at the college level, at the high school level, at the AAU level. I have a lot of connections in this area, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois… I think those connections will really serve us in the future. We just have to get guys here, and I have to show them my vision for this program and how we’re going to get it back where it should be.