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Who am I? HOO am I. Seattle Hoo is the moniker I go by now. I have been a fan of University of Virginia men's basketball since fall of 1980, when at the age of 14 I had been moved to southeastern Virginia by the whims of my parents, and the UNCheat fans in the neighborhood reminded me far too much of the Dallas Cowboys fans in my neighborhood in Connecticut. Having been a Giants fan in Connecticut, my visceral revulsion of those little bastards pushed me to adopt the home team. This push was aided by my being a huge Thomas Jefferson fan, and by having read a Sports Illustrated article on Ralph Sampson in March. I wasn't really a basketball fan before moving to Virginia, but it being the Golden Age of ACC Hoops, I was quickly sucked in by the quality and grace of the game, and the passion of the fans.

Being a law student who chose to stay local upon graduation, I took in all the home games in the 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. I believe I was the first online content provider to obtain press access to UVA Basketball, when I started HOOpS Online and Rich Murray of the SID was kind enough to extend me credentials. HOOpS Online succumbed after a couple of years to the need to make a living for my family, but the passion for publishing and for UVA hoops has never subsided.

My personal perspective on sports tends to be from the head coach point of view. As a kid, I clued in very early that I would never be a player (small and slow with poor manual dexterity and agility is not a good combination for athletics), but loved sports and gravitated toward the strategic, tactical and player management aspects of the games. As an adult, I wound up coaching kids for fourteen years - first basketball, then soccer. My first coaching experience was in the Charlottesville City rec league’s 13-15 age group, where we won the championship by second year and advanced to the championship game my last. Coaching that group of kids was one of the highlights of my adulthood. Coaching U-12 premier soccer and U-14 advanced rec soccer in Hampton Roads, Virginia, was another. The psychology of coaching is my particular interest. To be a guru is my goal.

Seattle Hoo's Articles:

Assessing the Impact of Mamadi Diakite

Posted on September 22, 2017, in Data by Seattle Hoo.

The potential of Mamadi Diakite was always obvious to us from the moment we saw the first highlight video long before he was ranked in the top 50 by 247Sports and Scout (now both owned by the same company and soon to be merged).  The 6-9 athlete-scholar from Ghana by way of Blue Ridge School (digression: why do so many people say 'from Blue Ridge School by way of Ghana? Can't they scan the grammar of the sentence? 'From the waypoint by way of the origin' would sound completely absurd, yet that is what so many people effectively say) is long, bouncy, quick as the proverbial cat, and competitive.  Many of us waited over two years to see him play with eager anticipation.  When...

Launch Party

Posted on September 17, 2017, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

Last Monday, we launched the redesigned and expanded site as we prepare for the upcoming season. We are getting ready to offer comprehensive content of this pivotal season in Virginia Basketball history. You might have noticed the new header, and in particular the bright orange "Donate" button.  That button, which will appear quietly at the top of each page, is our one overt effort to request your support of the site.  If you love the site, if you want to see it continue to offer more and better content, please use the Donate button to "encourage" our efforts.  You decide what it is worth to you.  There will be no appeals, no ads, no popups, no email campaigns - just t...

The Slings And Arrows of Rude Fortune

Posted on September 7, 2017, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

Read StLouHoo’s analysis of the ACC schedule

StLouHoo and I agree absolutely about the importance of the scheduling for exposure and recruiting, and he is right about the cues the schedule give toward the league’s predictions for how strong teams will be.  I also agree that the schedule makers did not damage our recruiting this season the way they did last season, with what could not have been a worse recruiting schedule for UVA if the ACC had tried to spike our recruiting.  This year’s schedule at least gives the Hoos a couple games they can try to get top recruits to visit.

From a competitive impact standpoint, this schedule is far more favorable for the Hoos...

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