Among the many things I discussed with former Maryland forward Shane Walker during a trip up to Baltimore recently (which led to this dead-tree edition story this morning) was the two coaches he’s played for in his career.
Walker, of course, began his career in College Park. But after a season with the Terrapins and coach Gary Williams, he transferred to Loyola – a program run by former Williams assistant Jimmy Patsos.
Both men are known for their, shall we say, combustible sideline personalities. So it wasn’t a shock when Walker acknowledged that particular facet of the transition wasn’t much of a jolt.
“There are a lot of similarities, I’ll tell you that much,” Walker said. “Especially if [Patsos] goes to College Park and watches a practice and comes back to our practice. There’s definitely a lot of similarities. Jimmy’s more of a social coach. He’ll talk to his players and you won’t feel the distance and you’re not really scared to go talk to him. Gary, it was kind of distant relationship. Jimmy is definitely more of a friendly type of coach, like a mentor.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean Patsos is predictable.
“You don’t what to expect, but I’m used to that because of Gary,” Walker said. “I’m used to that.”