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.