The saying goes that offense wins games, but defense wins championships.
A lack of defense is one of the reasons the UNCW men’s basketball team finished the 2017-2018 season with an 11-21 record.
The Seahawks allowed 83.4 points per game, an average that ranks 342 out of 351 NCAA Division I teams.
“I overlooked the defensive end of the court early on,” said UNCW first-year head coach C.B. McGrath. “When I first got here, I was more worried about getting our offense situated, and took for granted that they understood man-to-man principals.”
While wins were hard to come by for McGrath in Year 1 at UNCW, that hasn’t changed his feeling about relocating to Wilmington.
“The job in general was pretty fun. Winning is very hard. Winning is more difficult than I expected,” said McGrath. “I worked for a guy (North Carolina head coach Roy Williams) that made it look easy.”
Win or lose, the Seahawk faithful supported their favorite team. UNCW led the Colonial Athletic Association in average home attendance (4,264), beating out the College of Charleston (3,855) by more than 500 fans per game.
“It’s pretty impressive what the fans mean to Trask (Coliseum), and the atmosphere of Trask, and all the support of the community,” said McGrath.
With the season over, the coach’s focus shifts to recruiting, something he did with great success during his fourteen seasons as an assistant at UNC.
“Putting a team together is very similar if I was recruiting at the highest level or not,” McGrath said of recruiting mid-major players. “You have to find the right fit for me, for my personality, because every coach is different, and that’s how you attract different people.”
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