Colleges: St. Xavier women’s basketball coach Bob Hallberg hasn’t lost the drive
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media March 20, 2014 10:00PM
St. Xavier's Morgan Stuut is an NAIA Player of the Year finalist. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 22, 2014 6:24AM
St. Xavier women’s basketball coach Bob Hallberg is at it again.
The only coach the Cougars’ program has ever known is being asked about his future plans.
“When I recruit now, everybody’s asking me the same question: ‘When are you going to retire?’ ” Hallberg said. “I’ll tell you when I’m going to retire. When I walk into the locker room after a loss and say, ‘It’s OK. Let’s go to McDonald’s.’ ”
Hallberg still loves the game he’s been coaching at various levels for nearly a half-century.
“I will never lose my passion for this game,” Hallberg said. “When you lose that passion and don’t care, you have to ask yourself why you are doing it. If that ever happens, it’s time to go down to Florida and take up golf.”
Hallberg’s comments came shortly after a 68-43 loss to College of the Ozarks in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Despite the loss, St. Xavier went 27-6.
“Any coach would like to have a 27-6 season like we had,” Hallberg said. “This loss really bothered me, and I would never end my career in this type of situation. I’ve never lost my passion or enthusiasm for the game. The fire is there. I wish there was a game tomorrow so we could redeem ourselves.
“I’m fired up for next year. We’ve had a great recruiting year.”
Another reason Hallberg is excited about the 2014-15 season: The Cougars’ Morgan Stuut will be back for her senior season.
For the second straight year, Stuut has been selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as a national finalist for the 2014 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year award. Stuut averaged 20.6 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. She led the nation with 25 double-doubles.
“On the way home, the girls are going to ask where we’re stopping for lunch,” Hallberg said. “I’m already diagramming plays and defenses for next year.”
Stuut and fellow juniors Suzie Broski and Maloree Johnson were named Daktronics-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes.
“The one thing we all have in common as coaches is we’re all crazy,” Hallberg said. “I know I am.”
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