Taffe Charles doesn’t must rebuild as Carleton Ravens head coach, simply reload a crew that in 17 years has received 14 Canadian college males’s basketball titles and reached the nationwide semifinals three different instances.
It’s true there will probably be little margin for error throughout the 2019-20 Ontario College Athletics season that tipped off Friday, however, as Charles says, it’s nonetheless only a sport.
“It’s sort of like a kind of bizarre ones. We take it ridiculously critically, however, on the finish of the day, we’re additionally conscious that it’s simply basketball as effectively,” says Charles, a former assistant to long-time Ravens boss Dave Good and most just lately head coach of the Carleton’s girls’s crew, U Sports activities champion in 2017-18.
“If I had not completed one thing and been profitable alone with the ladies’s program and never received a championship, I really feel like it will have been far more intimidating, to be completely frank.
“I do know that I can do it. I do know that. So realizing I might do it rising it from nowhere to someplace, proper, I really feel like I’ve already been ready to try this and I really feel like I’m OK with being held to do it once more. I’m about this system and I’m about being profitable and profitable championships. So, it’s daunting, however the expectation has at all times been the identical factor.”
Charles’ alternative on the ladies’s crew, Brian Cheng, has his personal expertise filling large footwear. After Kathy Shields retired, Cheng guided the Victoria Vikes to the 2003 nationwide crown.
After a decade with Victoria, Cheng spent eight seasons with the Western Mustangs. He’s with the Ravens on a one-year contract as interim substitute for one more unidentified coach who has signed on for 2020, however is presently unavailable.
The Ravens have been designated hosts for the ladies’s half of the 2020 nationals in Ottawa.
“The crew, this system, the tradition, it has spoken for itself by way of what it has completed,” Cheng says. “The method and the tradition and the way we do issues, why we do issues, that’s the Carleton method. And, fairly merely, that’s greater than me, it is going to exist as soon as I’m gone, it is going to exist for the brand new coach, it is going to exist for the coach after that, and it’ll exist for the gamers.
“So Dave, Taffe, Jennifer (Brenning, Carleton athletics director), everybody concerned and all of the assistant coaches in this system, it’s a humongous household that builds this factor, and I’m simply so totally impressed on how far and huge and the way detailed the Carleton method is. These little issues separate us.”