NCAA Tournament Special: Dishin & Swishin Goes Dancing with the Coaches

Over the course of this past college season, the Dishin & Swishin podcast featured interviews with some of the very best women’s basketball coaches in the country. In fact, every coach that appeared on the podcast since October, when the season tipped off, made the NCAA tournament this year!  Coincidence?  We don’t think so!

So here they are, all in one place for you.

Dishin & Swishin 10/16/14 Podcast – Karen Aston (Texas) and Anthony Bozzella (Seton Hall)

We have a great first podcast for you today, featuring two first-time guests, two head coaches that are making headlines for doing what college coaches are supposed to do: making their programs contenders, looking out for their student-athletes, and growing women’s basketball at their schools.

Dishin & Swishin 10/23/14 Video and Podcast – Geno Auriemma (UConn) Video

First, we want you to watch the video above. Captured on the first day of practice at Connecticut, it features Geno Auriemma, the head coach of the Huskies and the USA senior national team. He talks about the difficulty in assembling a national team, the lack of practice time, being the “bad guy” to people who do not want so many UConn players and the challenges of returning to coach the Huskies.

Dishin & Swishin 10/31/14 Podcast – Lindsay Gottlieb (Cal)

On today’s Dishin & Swishin podcast we go out West and welcome back to the podcast the coach of the Golden Bears, Lindsay Gottlieb. When we last talked to Gottlieb, she was one of our panelists breaking down the Final Four this past April. Now she has her eyes set on Tampa, and she may have a Cal team strong enough to get there.

Dishin & Swishin 11/05/14 Podcast – Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame)

What a season it could turn out to be the preseason third-ranked Irish! Graduation took McBride, Achonwa, and starting forward Ariel Braker from the team, but a heralded freshman class joins the returning players to give the Irish one of their deepest teams ever.

It starts with Loyd, the unanimous preseason Associated Press All-American. On the podcast McGraw discusses the unbelievable combination of athleticism and basketball skill that Loyd brings, perhaps the best combination of those skills in Notre Dame history.

Dishin & Swishin 11/20/14 Podcast – Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (Albany) and Kenny Brooks (James Madison)

While victories in early season matchups may not get the same results in March, the continued success of Albany and James Madison in particular, should give people reason to believe these victories were no fluke; that these two programs need to be watched. In fact, in College Insider’s Mid-Major Top 25 this week, James Madison is number one, and Albany is number three.

Dishin & Swishin 12/04/14 Podcast – Jeff Walz (Louisville)

The success of Walz and his teams are helping turn Louisville into one of the hot programs in the country, with top facilities, a coach that wants to grow the game and promote and it is yielding bumper crops of recruits.

Dishin & Swishin 2/19/15 Podcast – Courtney Banghart (Princeton)

A dominant mid-major program sweeps their pre-conference schedule, including a few solid, if not spectacular, tournament credentialed teams, then steamrolls through their regular season conference games. In this case, there is no conference tournament, so the team ends their season undefeated, without a blemish.

If this where a power five conference, or a program like Connecticut, we would be talking number one seed and a place in history. However, it is Princeton we are talking about, and that leads to tough decisions regarding seedings and placements for the NCAA selection committee, something the Tigers and coach Courtney Banghart enjoy very much.

Dishin & Swishin 2/26/15 Podcast – Sue Semrau (Florida State) and Brenda Frese (Maryland)

Coming into the 2014-15 women’s basketball season, both Maryland and Florida State faced the difficult question, who would replace their WNBA lottery pick stars, who they relied on so heavily last year? Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas summered in Connecticut with the Sun, while Florida State’s Natasha Howard was in Indiana with the Fever.

For both Brenda Frese at Maryland and Sue Semrau at FSU, it came down to trust. Could they trust the returning talent to step up in various ways to replace the stars? For their respective teams, who would step up?

Dishin & Swishin 3/12/15 Podcast – Kevin McGuff (Ohio State) and Kim Mulkey (Baylor)

Conference tournaments are coming to a close and on Monday we will find out who goes dancing and where their respective ballrooms shall be.

Two teams that have earned their way there are Ohio State from the Big Ten and Baylor from the Big 12. On this week’s podcast, we are pleased to welcome back their respective coaches, Kevin McGuff and Kim Mulkey.

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