I got a chance recently to speak with ranked (14 AP, 13 USA Today) St. John’s Red Storm’s new Head Coach Joe Tartamella about the challenges of replacing a very successful Head Coach in Kim Barnes-Arico who was wooed away by Big 10’s Michigan.
Tartamella, 32 years old, has progressed at SJU from a graduate assistant to assistant and finally for the past four seasons as associate head coach. While some thought he would be a logical assistant for Barnes-Arico at Michigan, instead he was offered the head coaching job in Queens, NY.
On replacing Barnes-Arico
“I believe that there will be pressure in this job just as it would be in any job for a first year head coach. Obviously there are additional built in pressures because you have such a veteran team. We welcome the pressures and expectations. Our players understand it as well. Many of them have been told that they weren’t good enough, they’d never make it, and St. John’s would never make it. But we proved ourselves over the past...