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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 1 17 Coach Of Coaches All kidding aside, Cunningham be- lieves one of Bobinski's greatest strengths is his ability to mentor coaches. He loves to get at the level of those closest to the game and try to figure out how to best help them. "He'll bunker in with the coaches and understand what their needs are," Cunningham said. "He'll try to provide for them. He'll be very supportive in the recruiting process and work shoulder to shoulder to try to make them successful, and do what he can to make that happen. I think he's always done a good job of iden- tifying coaching talent that fits the institu- tion that he represents." Bobinski's greatest claim to fame has been his role in the hiring of three coach- es at Xavier: Thad Matta, Sean Miller and Chris Mack. Matta, who had coached pre- viously at Butler, was the only one that came from outside the Musketeer system. Miller and Mack were Xavier assistants before getting the job. Matta and Miller struggled in their first years as head coaches, before becoming highly successful. Yet Bobinski worked closely with them to develop their pro- gram. Miller, now at Arizona and consid- ered one of the nation's top coaches, cred- its Bobinski for his success. "He is one of the best in his field and in our industry," Miller said. "He has a really unique skill set and someone you learn to talk to and trust as a coach, which is rare. He can unite people, unite coaches, unite an athletic department. "He is genuine, a great listener, and there are no sides with him. It's not the athletic administration over there and the coaches over here. It all blends together. He just has a great way of uniting people. Purdue will enjoy having him." Bobinski's reputation has made its way to men's basketball coach Matt Painter, who texted several friends in the busi- CERAMIC • ENGINEERED HARDWOOD LAMINATES • MARBLE CARPETING Specializing in • Homes • Businesses • Churches • Schools Where Contractors Buy Their Flooring Builders! Call our Contract Department and ask for our Contract Specialist 3437 South Street 765-447-9393 800-403-6889 FAX 765-448-9978 Across from the Post Office GO BOILERS S Y A W L A Y A T S T A E R G A Get everything you're looking for, all at a great price. We have what matters most to you, like a comfortable bed and a delicious breakfast, plus free Internet and free bottled water in your room, great local beer with Best Brews™ and much more. e t t e y a f a L t s e W n o t a r e h S y b s t n i o P r u o F E T T E Y A F A L T S E W / M O C . S T N I O P R U O F T A W O N K O O B 1 1 5 5 3 6 4 5 6 7 R O 8 0 8 9 7 7 7 0 0 8 L L A C R O . S L E T O H T A E R G . S E T A R T A E R G ©2011-2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All rights reserved. Aloft, Element, Four Points, Le Méridien, Sheraton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin and their logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates. For full terms and conditions visit

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