Acting Louisville basketball coach David Padgett has been working with his team for just four days, but he's learning quickly what it's like to be the head coach.
Padgett sat down for his interview with the media Wednesday and immediately cracked a joke, "I’m losing my voice. Now I know why Coach P used the microphone.”
Rick Pitino had a headset microphone during workouts so that his voice boomed out of loud speakers in the practice facility. Padgett wasn't using the microphone on Wednesday during the workouts, but his booming bass voice carries well in the gym.
"There's going to be times when I'm going to have to get on them and the job of an assistant coach in any sport anywhere in the world is when the head coach gets on you, someone's got to pick you back up," Padgett explained. "Now, as a head coach I'm not saying I'm going to get on them and not pick them back up, but I think that dynamic changes a little bit. That's just something we've got to work on as we go.”
Padgett says playing in the program at leading the team to more than 100 wins helps him hold the players' attention.
"They have a lot of respect for me because they know I've been in their shoes," Padgett said. "But also, if I had to say what kind of coach I am, I think I'm a players' coach because I was a player. I played in this program and they know I can relate to what they're doing from a basketball standpoint."
Padgett's next step forward? Hiring assistant coaches to help him out.
“I'm not going to lie to you, you need four coaches to coach a Division I basketball program, especially at this level," Padgett explained. "But we're getting ready to start our fifth practice today and I can make do for the time being. I just don't want to have to go into Cameron Indoor in January or February, whenever it is we play, as a coach by myself. I don't know if I would make it back out alive.”