Fasching picked to succeed Gagliardi at St. John's; some alumni upset

  • Article by: DENNIS BRACKIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2012 - 5:25 AM

The pick to replace legendary coach John Gagliardi is a former player and assistant there, but he's not Eden Prairie's Mike Grant, and that troubles some supporters. One called the search process "a colossal waste of time."

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Twin91Dec. 29, 12 7:43 AM

Must say I'm surprised by this decision. Fasching seems like a good guy, but this seems like a "safe" decision that will minimize staff turnover and lead to mediocrity. Hard to see how this decision gets St. John's anywhere close to St. Thomas. Caruso was probably a bit worried about Grant, but he's likcing his chops now.

roymercerDec. 29, 12 8:18 AM

For 15 years SJU knew this moment was coming, yet they still were caught asleep at the wheel, even after Gags' teams started to decline. It's clear that there was no succession plan, just a rushed amateur "national search" behind a vague notion that one of the local-yocals would step up. Low risk, low cost, low effort. A letdown to many of us. Talk of Gags still being involved is disappointing too. If it turns out that Grant was scared off because he couldn't run his own show with his own people, we know why.

sjujohnniesDec. 29, 12 8:33 AM

Fire Jimmy and the team will improve. Plain and simple. Personally sick of the predictable offense post-Blake Elliott. Many alum friends that played football have nothing good to say about Jimmy's coaching/arrogance. Easy solution.

right155439Dec. 29, 12 9:33 AM

jimiek is correct. Mike Grant only has 2 things going for him, largest school in the state with the most money and his name. There's no way he was going to SJU and expose himself by getting beat evey year by St. Thomas and several other MIAC teams.

byorkerDec. 29, 1210:16 AM

Congrats to Fasching. Grant may know how to win at the high school level with a supportive program but at least now the college refs don't have to put up with an arrogant know it all. His arrogance has caught up to him. Sid and Grant invited themselves into the interview process and Grant was never a true consideration. A Division III program built on integrity with G's style will continue to have success.

rdilleyDec. 29, 1210:19 AM

I listened to Fasching on the Mike Max radio show last night ... I didn't like the sound of his voice. Sorry, but Fasching will never be a John "Gags", nor even a decent substitute for Mike Grant. You simply blew it St. Johns!!!

dewarfDec. 29, 1210:20 AM

Sounds like a process the U of M would use -- and with similar results. Don't hire the best coach available. Don't make the necessary investment to get him. Just take any candidate who'll talk with you and pay him the least amount in the league and "HOPE" he can get it done. Well, at least SJU is coming off a winning history, but settling for least expensive rarely gets the right results (see U of M football under coach Kill).

wiremanDec. 29, 1210:41 AM

Sounds like Mike Grant has no ambitions. Or he has his mind set on one direction, and only one direction, and that didn't include St. Johns.

uofm80Dec. 29, 1210:47 AM

I have heard Gary Fasching's recruiting pitch. It's "Come to Saint John's if you want to win." "Come to Saint John's if you want to go to the post-season." "Come to Saint John's if you want to beat St. Thomas." None of those things are true any longer. Gary has presided over the precipitous drop at SJU, and there are few reasons to be confident he can turn it around. The change in the D1 MIAC transfer rule favors St. Thomas, the campus location favors St. Thomas, the facilities favor St. Thomas, and the energy, enthusiasm and abilities of Caruso's coaching staff favor St. Thomas. The only thing SJU offers that St. Thomas doesn't is a large and enthusiastic fan base (St. Thomas home games are boring in comparison). Who knows though if 9,000 or 10,000 people will continue to show up if the home team loses as often as it wins. Saint John's had an opportunity to be bold and turn the page and find the next Caruso. This safe and predictable choice will lead to predictably average results. Fumble, SJU.

danielt07Dec. 29, 1211:32 AM

Please calm down. I'd hate to see these boards in 1953 when the monks handed the reins to an unknown youngster from Colorado. Fasching may not be the flashy choice but he's a proven winner in everything he does and unendingly committed to St. John's. In five years Caruso will be coaching a midlevel D1 team, St. Thomas will return to what it knows best -- underachievement -- and St. John's will be winning the MIAC and competing nationally, just as it has for the overwhelming majority of Fasching's time there. Trust in him and the system that's brought you six decades of unrivaled success.


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