A friend gets fired after a great run…

March 11, 2009 | Drew Forrester

I jokingly call Dennis Wolff “my favorite coach outside the state of Maryland” whenever we have him on The Comcast Morning Show.  

Wolff was fired today after 15 seasons as the Head Basketball Coach at Boston University.

Here’s a quick glimpse at the story out of Boston today and Wolff’s B.U. resume — it’s stocked with accomplishments.

Personally, I’m very disappointed about this.  Wolff, like a lot of America East coaches, was always willing to come on the air the week of a UMBC/Boston U game and talk basketball with me.  Back on February 2nd when his Terriers visited the RAC to take on UMBC, Wolff invited me back to the locker room area before the game and we sat around and talked about life in the America East for 15 minutes or so.  

I’ve always had a soft spot for coaches.  I hired a couple of them – and fired one, too – when I was the GM of the soccer team in Baltimore.  

To me, coaches are FAR more interesting than players.  It’s not even close.  Players LIVE the game.  Coaches LIVE and DIE the game.  

Perhaps one of the best things about my job is getting to know the visiting coaches like Wolff, and Tom Pecora (Hofstra) and Mike Lonergan (Vermont) and Bill Herrion (New Hampshire).  Talking to those guys and the others from America East and the CAA reminds me why I appreciate people who take time out of their schedule to promote their school or their team – and reaffirms to me that the Orioles are doing it wrong by not spreading themselves out to market their team and players to everyone throughout the Baltimore market.  

Dennis Wolff, like Pat Kennedy, Randy Monroe and Phil Stern – the three area coaches I know the most – just loves the game of basketball.  He loves to coach and he loves the competition.  His son, Matt, played for him at Boston University and the final college game of his career came last Saturday when UMBC beat B.U. in the America East quarterfinals.  What a thrill it was for Wolff to coach his son — and every single time I brought it up to him on the air, you could hear a quiver in Dennis Wolff’s voice.  Father-son, coach-player…it was extremely special for Wolff to watch his son grow up both personally and athletically right in front of him.

I’m sure Dennis Wolff will coach again.  I’m not sure where – or when – but I know he will.

And, when he does, we’ll renew our friendship on The Comcast Morning Show.