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.
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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
This May 6, 2017 Torg Stories Podcast edition is with Edwin Arnaudin, a freelance writer for publications such as Asheville’s MountainXpress and Citizen Times.
Edwin is working on a piece for Xpress about our documentary film, On the French Broad River, and so I asked him to join me for a conversation about Asheville and freelance writing. We also talked about what was then the breaking news that the popular local craft brewery Wicked Weed had been sold to Anheuser-Busch.
Our On the French Broad River film screens Asheville’s Grail Moviehouse at the following times:
Wednesday, May 24th 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 27th at noon
Sunday, May 28th at noon
Click here for more information including location and how to buy tickets.
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You can connect with Edwin on Twitter by clicking here or check out his movie site here.