August 24th, 2012
Lots of news this week, not sure where to start. The biggest news as far as our program goes was my friend and colleague Ed Kohtala accepting the Head Coaching position at Bangor HS. Coach Kohtala is an excellent coach and teacher, but is an even better person. He was really like a father figure to the players in our program, and cared so much for each & every one of them. He was also my roommate on the road, and someone I consider a good friend...we will all definitely miss him. At the same time of course I'm very happy for him getting the opportunity to be a Head Coach again, and Bangor HS is one of the tradition rich programs in the state of Maine.
Last week we also completed our 2012 recruiting class with the addition of Leon Cooper Jr from Freeport, Bahamas. A transfer from Utah State, via Howard JC (TX), Leon is a young man we're very excited about and adds to a class that we feel will make us one of the most athletic, versatile teams in the America East. Our other signees include; Shaun Lawton (6'5/ Harlem, NY), Dimitry Coronel (6'6/ Boston, MA), Stefan Micovic (6'8/ Serbia), Til Gloger (6'8/ Germany), and Jon Mesghna (6'6/ Germany). We're extremely excited about all of them, and they give us tremendous depth, athleticism, and size at every position!
The last update for this week is Maine's own Justin Edwards being invited to the Canadian Senior Men's National Team training camp. This will be an excellent experience for J-Ed to compete for a spot with the National Team and play alongside Canada's best. We're definitely very excited for him and wish him the best of luck!
August 17th, 2012
As some of you know, my birthday was on Wednesday, so I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU so much to everybody for the birthday love! I'm so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life, and I truly appreciate all of you.
I'm also extremely blessed to have the gift of life for another year. Not everyone is so lucky, so I will continue to appreciate every day, and be thankful for all the gifts I have in my life.
I always thought that really birthdays should be more of a celebration of our parents, since they are the ones that gave us life...and especially mothers who brought us into the world. So THANK YOU to my amazing Mom, Jacoba...I love you so much and am so lucky to have the best Mom on the planet!
This week also marked the end of the 2012 Olympic Games in London (hence the pic of closing ceremonies). There is no other sporting event with the significance, tradition, and global impact as the Olympics, so had to definitely mention it. The standout moments for me were the epic battle between Canada vs the US in Women's Soccer, Usain Bolt's unbelievable performances, Jamaica vs the US in track events, and of course USA Basketball's journey to Gold! Watching the joy & pride of the best players on the planet after they won Gold, and the comradery they had built was awesome to see!
One of my personal goals is to one day be a member of a coaching staff winning a medal in the Olympics...what a phenomenal day that will be!
Thanks again to everybody for the birthday love and have a fantastic weekend!
August 13th, 2012
Just got home from a fantastic trip to Boston with the family. After a busy month of July, it was a great opportunity to get away and spend some quality time with my wife and son who are so precious to me, and so understanding when daddy/husband has to hit the road.
We ended up getting the Boston City Pass and it was a great way to experience some of Beantown's most popular attractions. We checked out the New England Aquarium, Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Science Center, and Skywalk on the 50th floor of the Prudential Center, along with Quincy Market.
What a great city...so much history, beautiful architechture, great people, great sports city, and some very scenic locations. Overall, the biggest hit with the family was the Harvard Museum of Natural History which wasn't overcrowded, interactive exhibits for adults and kids, and some really interesting stuff.
Overall Boston is definitely one of my favorite cities in the country and a great place to get away for a few days. Safe to say I'd put it in my Top 5!
August 3rd, 2012
For the first Blog entry of August, it's only right to look back at the busy month of July that just passed. By far the busiest month of recruiting for NCAA coaches, we spend most of the month in gyms and airports across the country.
I spent time this month in Indianapolis, Augusta, Las Vegas, and Toronto, and had an awesome time overall. Saw some very talented players that I'm excited about, watched some very good games, and had a great time catching up with colleagues.
It's a great opportunity to not only re-connect with old friends, but also to network and make new connections. The highlights for me were getting to chat with Billy Donovan (Florida), Kevin O'Neill (USC), John Calipari (Kentucky), Leonard Hamilton (Florida State) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame). These are all guys that I have huge respect for, look up to, and are legends in the coaching business.
Overall had a phenomenal month, and am truly blessed and thankful to be doing what I love to do professionally. I've come a long way, and am truly grateful for everyone who's helped me along the way.