Friday, July 8, 2011

Takin' it Back

So this week, I had the pleasure of working with some 3rd, 4th, and 5th, grade Central Jersey Hawks players (my old job). And let me tell you, they have some players! On top of that, they have some dedicated players. I say that because a few kids were excited on Tuesday morning to be at camp, but were nowhere to be found at the end of the week. The kids that came all week did a great job of working hard and getting better.

That being said, it brings me back to my youth as a basketball player while playing for the Central Jersey Hawks. Man was I bad when I first started! But with the help of the Hawks, and some Hoop Group camps, I got better and better year in and year out. Turns out I got to be pretty good, well at least good enough to get a scholarship to go to the University of Maryland. From there, I'm not sure I had as good of a career as I wanted to have, but I did get injured during my sophomore year, and never really recovered from it. But every year, I learned a little bit more about the game, and a little bit more about coaching from the tremendous staff that we had from 99-03. Which is why I enjoyed this week with the Hawks so much, I found myself saying the same things, and teaching the same things that my coaches taught me. I'd love to coach for the rest of my life, but it's a tough profession, and particularly tough on the family due to the high turnover rate. I hope to catch on somewhere soon, but if not, maybe the Hawks will have me back.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Change of Plans

Over the past few weeks I have been out of work. As has been previously stated, I am no long coaching at Monmouth University. I've been looking for another coaching opportunity, but one hasn't availed itself to me. I was in the running for one spot, but I came up short. With July fast approaching, and the recruiting season upon the countries DI coaches, I am thinking that I won't be coaching at a DI school anytime soon, unless something happens in the next two weeks.

That being said, I'm now wondering what else I can do to earn a paycheck. I'm not exactly sure what I want to do, or can do considering that I haven't really done much else besides basketball. Luckily I have a few people that like me and are willing to help. Hopefully I can figure it out soon...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's Been A While...

Since I last posted. Actually close to a year. The reason being was I was coaching at Monmouth University. Now I'm back. The reason being, is because I am no longer coaching at Monmouth. There weer plenty of times that I wanted to blog while on the job there, but I wasn't quite sure if I was going to break some sort of NCAA rule/law/bylaw/etc. They have a book that's about 450 pages long with rules, so I'm pretty sure everyday I might have broken one just by waking up. But now I'm back on the market for a job. I would love to continue to coach, but coaching jobs in DI are very hard to come by. What's particularly most frustrating about not being at Monmouth anymore is that I think that we were going in the right direction as a program. I know our record didn't show it this year, but we had a year full of adversary, and we had 16 games decided by 5 points or less. I thought that it was a great feat to accomplish that, especially being shorthanded for much of the season. We were doing a great job recruiting and things were looking up, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. I will say that I enjoyed and appreciated my time at Monmouth, and I wish them all the best going forward. It was good being home for the last three years, but it's looking like I will be moving away from the Jersey Shore for the next chapter of my life. Luckily for me, I'll have my wife and dog with me.

In terms of what I'll be doing next, I don't know. I would love to continue coaching, as as I said earlier, but it is tough to find a job coaching. So, I'm looking at all of my options, in all locales. If any of you out there have any ideas, or jobs for me, please let me know. Until then, I will continue the hunt and continue to blog.