December 20th, 2012
Haven't written an entry in a while, so here it is. It's definitely been an up and down couple of weeks with some great moments, and also some very difficult ones.
I'll start with the positive which was an awesome celebration of one of the most special people in my life...my shining star, Isaac. We celebrated his 3rd birthday with a group of his friends last week. He and his buddies had an awesome time, and it was filled with special moments and a great reminder of what's most important in life.
Another reminder of what's most precious and to never take it for granted was the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT where 20 innocent children and 6 adults were senselessly taken. This was a situation that will stick with me for a long time. As a father I truly can't understand how someone could target children, whether the killer was mentally ill or not. I posted a picture on my Twitter and Facebook accounts about deaths by handguns in the U.S. vs the rest of the world. Last year in Canada 52 people were killed by handguns, and 10,728 were killed in the United States. I don't understand how there is a debate over whether gun control laws need to be changed or not...how many more innocent lives need to be taken?
From a basketball perspective, the last 3 games since my last Blog entry have been extremely disappointing to say the least, but the 2 major events of last week both positive and negative are important enough that I will leave it at that.
I am so appreciative of my phenomenal family, and so blessed to have such an amazing son. My heart breaks for the parents who are grieving the loss of their little angels, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them.
December 7th, 2012
Just catching everybody up after a dominant victory last night, a 97-42 W over Fisher College. We've now won 3 of our last 4 games and our young guys are starting to get a better feel for the level we need to compete and execute at to have success. Last night was a great opportunity to get all of our guys minutes and fine tune things going into our last couple of weeks of non-conference games.
Our game on Sunday vs Florida State in Tallahassee will be Nationally Televised on ESPN U and is set for a 4pm tip-off! The Seminoles are the ACC's defending Tournament Champs, and are a long, athletic team that pride themselves on defensive intensity and rebounding. They have dropped 3 games in a row including a televised match-up vs #6 Florida 72-47, but don't be fooled, they are a very well coached team, and they bring high skill-level and athleticism at every position.
Also this week, Justin Edwards was named America East Player of the Week after averaging 24.5pts, 5rbs, 5asts & 3stls last week! Over the last couple of weeks, Justin has really picked up his intensity level on both ends of the floor, and is bringing a much more focused and professional approach to practice and games.
Been a great week and we're hoping to keep it rolling at Florida State. Make sure to check us out Sunday Dec 9th at 4pm on ESPN U...GO BLACK BEARS!
December 1st, 2012
As we start a new month, the excitement level is definitely high around our program after an excellent week so far. On Sunday we defended our home-court with a solid win over the Siena Saints of the MAAC 74-66. Then on Wednesday, our team put together another high energy defensive effort knocking off the Northeastern Huskies of the CAA on their home-floor 76-73!
After a tough start to the season, this week has felt like a young and high potential team starting to come together and figure out what it takes to win and compete at a high level day-in-day-out. When our team is focused and dialed in on the defensive end and executing at a high level on the offensive end, there is no doubt this is one of the most exciting teams I have ever been a part of.
The rest of the teams in the America East have been playing at a high level so far as well, and the league is currently ranked #20 in the NCAA above the Horizon, WAC, Big Sky, and Ivy League with 3 America East teams in the Top 40 RPI (#30, #37, #38 + Conference Strength of Schedule at #15). Really that doesn't mean much, expecially this early in the year, but no doubt it shows we have some very solid teams in our league and it should be an exciting year.
Today we look to take another step forward as we take on the Duquesne Dukes of the A10 in Pittsburgh. We're playing at a high level this week...planning to keep it rolling today at 2pm vs the Dukes...GO BLACK BEARS!