Originally written on College Chalktalk  |  Last updated 11/12/14
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 couple of years”. “The players and the coaches have a real clear understanding of what is going on here.  They know what their position is, what our collective goals are.  They don’t have any fear – they’ve been through enough – they’ve been battle tested, they’ve played the very best teams in the nation.  We’ve been successful in the postseason for the past three seasons.  They have a goal to leave a very special legacy behind.  They want to finish it off.  I told them we cannot have a letdown at either side of the ball, and they understand that”. On recruiting “Obviously it helps when you’re winning, when you’re making post-season appearances, it becomes easier.  The experiences that players see when watching us helps our recruiting.  St. John’s has done a really good job of supporting our program.  We have St. John’s TV which will televise seven games for us this year which is the most for us in our program’s history.  I think that with our platform being in New York, we are a team people want to see, players want to play at.  We have Madison Square Garden to play at, and we will be there for two games.  There are a lot of things here that have helped us on the recruiting front.  The biggest thing is having the very fertile recruiting front in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and that is what we have built our program on.” * * * Tartamella is correct about the geographic makeup of his roster.  Nine players have tri-state area roots including last season’s top three scorers:  Shenneika Smith (12.5), Nadirah McKenith (12.1), and Eugeneia McPherson (11.8).  These three seniors will be called upon to provide the veteran leadership needed to compete in the BIG EAST and eventually the post-season. Credit: St. John’s University Athletic Communications With a highly regarded recruiting class already in uniform for this season, Tartamella can set his sights on a season with several good tests along the way.  At the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden, they’ll face a Duke team expected by many to be a Final Four team.  Elena Delle Donne and her (#17) Delaware teammates will usher in the New Year before the always brutal BIG EAST schedule dots the January/February portion of the calendar.  Then the BIG EAST Tourney rolls around followed by the second season: March Madness – the NCAA Tournament. While St. John’s is ranked 14/13 in the polls, they are picked for no better than 4th in the Conference.  Connecticut is followed by Notre Dame and Louisville.  The high quality of teams in the BIG EAST will well prepare St. John’s and their first year skipper for what lies ahead. From the early signs, it appears that the Red Storm is in good hands.   Related Posts:Women’s Nat’l Basketball Report: Duke poised for a long, long runWomen’s Nat’l Basketball Report: Bear Encore?Women’s Nat’l Basketball Report: Around the nationBig East tempo: Keeping paceWomen’s Nat’l Basketball Report: Ogwumikes, St. Bonaventure & Lockdown Leanne
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cam Newton not a person of interest in night club shooting

Should Texans consider moving on from Arian Foster?

Dice-K begins comeback bid, makes first start in Japan

Report: Teams think Suh to Dolphins is ‘done' deal

Adrian Peterson still has ‘concerns’ about Vikings

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LSU S blasts Tigers fans for leaving game early

Nobody’s safe in the NFL and nothing is sacred

UMass to retire jersey in honor of John Calipari

Houston Texans are moving on from Andre Johnson

Top landing spots for Darrelle Revis

Mets: Murphy will no longer discuss his religious beliefs

WATCH: CP3 goes nuts after DeAndre Jordan doesn't shoot

WATCH: Ridiculous foul called on Penn State

WATCH: Westbrook throws down huge dunk in return

Cowboys hang out at Duke game, pose with funny poster

Report: Peyton Manning's contract incentives tied to Super Bowl

Bean responds to Murphy's homosexuality comments

Haynesworth to Suh: Skins ‘took my love away from the game’

Five teams that should consider signing JaVale McGee

MLB local streaming is unlikely for Opening Day

Ronaldo sends his hair stylist to check on his wax figure monthly

Arizona Diamondbacks unveil 'The Churro Dog'

Ray Allen announces he will not play this season

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Every starting QB ranked by mobility

WATCH: CP3 goes nuts

UFC must make Rousey vs. Cyborg happen

Suh to Dolphins a 'done' deal?

Why haven't brands shown love to James Harden?

Nobody’s safe in the NFL and nothing is sacred

Tim Lincecum’s last best chance

Ten most underrated players in the NBA

Stevens: LeBron looks like the MVP

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.