Washington's Mike Neighbors hopes to cut down on his 418 mistakes
SAN FRANCISCO – All in all, Mike Neighbors did a pretty good job in his first year as head coach at Washington. The Huskies registered their third consecutive 20-win season, advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT and gave Stanford its only conference loss along the way.
Neighbors, however, had a much different self-assessment of the 2013-14 season.
“I made 418 mistakes last year,” the purveyor of lists said Wednesday at 2014-15 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Media Day. “The bad ones cost us 14 games. I say this group won 20 games and I lost 14. They did everything I asked them to do and sometimes I asked them to do the wrong stuff.”
Formerly a Washington assistant for two years under Kevin McGuff (now the head coach at Ohio State), the biggest adjustment he had to make was the most visible one – moving one seat over on the bench.
“It’s a completely different job, and nobody can prepare you enough for that,” he said. “I had to reestablish relationships with every player on the team.”
Now that he’s more established in his position, he hopes that number drops precipitously and vows not to make the same mistakes in 2014-15.
“I will make new ones now,” he said.
Here’s hoping he can get that number down to the 252 range.