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Eight Things I Learned By Running My First Marathon

This past October I finished my first ever marathon at the age of 41.  It was my main goal for 2018.  My brother-in-law, Charles, inspired me to run one after I watched him complete an Iron Man Race in Lake Placid, New York.  Charles, my sister Jordan, and wife Josie...

5 Takeaways from my 2018 Trip to Taiwan

In July I returned from my fourth visit to Taiwan. The trip lasted fourteen days and I was accompanied once again by Coach Dave Taylor. During this trip we ran three camps. One for high schoolers, one for college all-stars, and one for some of the best junior high...

Prep Schools, Trump’s Travel Ban, and Guns

For over a year I’ve had conversations with parents that were unexpected, but not surprising.  The first was with a European family.  They signed a contract last summer with a prep school and became very concerned about the travel ban that President Trump declared. ...

Former Prep School Players on NCAA Top 10 Teams

Prep School players on current Top 10 Rosters   Villanova Eric Paschall – St Thomas More Omari Spellman – St Thomas More Jermaine Samuels – The Rivers School Tim Delaney – Blair Academy   Michigan State Tum Tum Nairn Jr – Sunrise Christian Academy Miles...

Bringing the Next Jeremy Lin to the US

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18592407/what-benson-lin-called-next-jeremy-lin Recently ESPN completed a profile on Benson Lin, a junior at Wesley Christian Academy in Allen City, Kentucky.   Benson has played in the Jordan Brand International Game, in the 16U...

My All Time Top 10 Books

My top 10 books of all time. -Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela | This book is the book I gift the most.  I was initially daunted by its size, but once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.  It read like an adventure.  This autobiography had me in awe with...

Guest Post: Coach Alex Popp of Vermont Academy

Cory Heitz is one of the consultants who I always make time for.  He has a great reputation because he is trustworthy and knowledgeable about the prep school world.  Therefore, when he asked me to blog for him, it was an easy decision. Hopefully this blog post will...

My First AAU Tournament Experience: SoCal Edition

So this isn’t actually my first AAU experience.  I went to an event in 2009 to watch one of my players.  AAU is not a world where I have much interest.  Avoiding it keeps me sane.  When parents ask me what AAU team their kid should play on, I say I have no idea. ...

My 2016 Trip to Taiwan

This past May I traveled to Taiwan to work the Be Heroes Camp and the Nike All Taiwan Camp.  It was a return trip with my coach from the Air Force Academy, Dave Taylor.  Dave is the best coach I have ever played for or been around.  You can visit his site here: ...

So Many Camps to Choose From!

A lot of parents ask me which camps their child should attend.  This is a great question because there are so many out there.   A lot of them claim that they will rank you and college coaches will show up.  But who is ranking you and who values those rankings besides...

Caution: Social Media Ahead

I recently staying in a nice hotel in downtown Cleveland.  Everything is great about the room except the walls are thin, and I can hear what my neighbors are saying with clarity.  One morning I actually heard a stern conversation coming through the wall from a father...

Coaching Kris Jenkins

Kris Jenkins has entered himself into the history books with his shot that won the 2016 NCAA Championship for Villanova.  I had the privilege to coach Kris during his Junior and Senior years at Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC.  Kris has a welcoming...

Why Grades and Test Scores Matter

The first topic I cover when addressing players is to work hard in the classroom.  Having good grades and test scores will actually put money in your pocket.  Not right away, but in the long run.  Let me explain.  Visualize two players of equal size and talent.  One...

What do you want?

This is the first question I ask a high schooler and their family that has come to me for advice. Do you want to be the man on a D3 team or sit the bench on a D1 roster? How important are academics? (It should be important) Are you ok playing on the other side of the...

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