Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Doug McAvinn Out!
The latest from Athens is that Danna Durante is replacing Doug McAvinn. This is one of the most foolish decisions Danna could've made. In addition to arguably being the best vault technician in the country, Doug is a stable presence for the program at a time of great turmoil. It used to be that if girls didn't get along with Suzanne or Jay particularly well, they always connected with Doug.
For a great majority of Doug's tenure at UGA, the team has been ranked #1 on vault. Doug is incredibly more experienced and successful than 49th-place Danna or Phil Ogletree. He is known for breaking the vault down throughout the course of the season: the run, the block, the direction and the landing. He is also known for coaching a variety of vaults, as opposed to six Yurchenko Fulls. Doug coached before the Yurchenko Full was worth a 10.0, so he coached lineups with Tsuk Fulls, Pike Baranis, Pike Fronts, Hristakeavas and Omeilianchiks. He is a master on vault. When the incoming freshmen don't develop on vault as they could, remember the day that Danna Durante decided to make UGA on par with Auburn and Kentucky.
There is never a dull moment in the SEC!
ETA: Doug has been put on early retirement and is being given a position within the athletic department.