Kent Chezem is the new head boys basketball coach and dean of students at North Judson High School in Indiana. The hire was approved at a school board meeting on Tuesday May 19, 2020. Coach Chezem joined the Torg Stories Podcast to discuss his new jobs.
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I first met Kent when we were teammates at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois where he is the all time leader in assists and 8th in steals. Teams Kent played for at ONU won three conference and district championships.
Coach Chezem with his son Cade after Loogootee’s Sectional Championship
Kent’s head coaching stops include Clinton Prairie where he went to high school, Covington, and Loogootee. His teams won three sectional titles when he was at Covington and one during his time at Loogootee. In 2014, Kent was named the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association District II Coach of the year.
Kent’s dad Myron, mom Janice, son Cade, daughter Avery, and wife Dara
There will be some rivalry at the Chezem household during next year’s basketball season. Last January, Kent’s wife Dara was hired as the superintendent of Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation in nearby Winamac. The two schools are twenty miles apart and have often competed in the same basketball sectional.
You can connect with Kent on Twitter @KentChezem and he plans to soon launch a program website, BluejayBasketball.com.
In doing this work, here are the books I’m going to look into reading:
Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection
Assisted by John Stockton
How Lucky Can You Be (Meyer) by Buster Olney
Bleed Orange about Boheim
Boys Among Men by Abrams
Seven Seconds or Less Jack MaCullum
Basketball on Paper Dean Oliver
A Coach’s Life by Dean Smith with John Kilgo and Sally Jenkins
Questions for Discussion:
Which of my favs overlaps with yours?
How did you rank these books?
What do we get out of reading these books?
What are these books about that we can talk about? Three point line. 21st Century Basketball. How would we describe our college basketball practices? How have we departed?
Which of these coaches have we met? How at all, have these books or the coaches influenced us?
I mostly left out technical X and O books like these:
Knight and Newell’s pair of books, Tex Winter’s Triangle Offense, Wooten’s Coaching Basketball Successfully, Dean Smith’s Multiple Offenses and Defenses, Tim Grover’s Jump Attack
I counted 42 books on Amazon written by John Feinstein:
The Back Roads to March, Where Nobody Knows Your Name (baseball), The First Major, A Good Walk Spoiled, The Legends Club, Season on the Brink, Quarterback, The Last Amateurs, A Season Inside, The Last Dance, The Punch (about the Rockets), Forever’s Team about Duke 78, A March to Madness about ACC
What are your favorites? Which ones are we wrong about? We hope you’ll join the conversation!
Kent Chezem on the Torg Stories Podcast March 12th, 2020 Edition
In the midst of all this coronavirus news, I’m joined by my friend Kent Chezem. With stops including Clinton Prairie, Covington, and Loogootee, Kent has spent 25 years as a head boys basketball coach in the state of Indiana. His teams have won over 300 games and four sectional titles. Kent and I were teammates at Olivet Nazarene University where he is the all time leader in assists.
Kent Chezem, his son Cade, and his wife Dara
Kent was named the District 2 Coach of the Year by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association in 2014. Kent’s wife Dara became the Superintendent of Schools in the district where I went to high school, Eastern Pulaski Schools in Winamac.
This edition of Torg Stories is a basketball-centric podcast. We spend a fair amount of time talking about issues related to coaching our kids.
The Torg Stories podcast is also available on iTunes.
Ethan Joyce is the Appalachian State University beat reporter for the Winston Salem Journal. Ethan is my guest for this week’s Torg Stories podcast Monday, September 2 Labor Day edition.
An Appalachian State graduate, Ethan continued his education and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University in New York. Some of my favorite writing by Ethan was a three part series he did on the fate of assistant football coaches when the head coach gets a new job. I started my conversation with Ethan by asking him about a typical work week during football season.
To hear my conversation with Ethan, click the media player under the picture below or check out “Torg Stories” on iTunes via the podcast app on your iPhone or by clicking here .
Ethan and I on the campus of App State University in Boone, North Carolina
App State University Women’s Basketball Coach Angel Elderkin on the Torg Stories Podcast.
Appalachian State University Women’s Basketball Coach Angel Elderkin
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Coach Elderkin’s Appalachian State women’s team is coming off a 22 win season during which they won the the WBI post season tournament. My conversation with Angel was in part guided by a project I do with my students in the writing across the curriculum courses I teach at App State. The students study discourse communities of their choice, and I ask them to interview prominent members of the discourse community. In this case, the discourse community is that of basketball coaches. One of the features of a discourse community is that there is a set of common goals. I started off by asking Angel about the short and long term goals of the women’s basketball program.
Coach Angel and I standing proud in front of the big “A” at the Holmes Center