Thinking about joining the basketball coaching fraternity? Already coaching and you just want to develop your skills to make your players better? Looking for the edge over the competition from the sidelines? King College will hold its annual Basketball Coaching Clinic on Oct. 22 and registration currently open to those interested.
The clinic will feature King College women's basketball head coach Josh Thompson, former NBA Player Development member Ty Randolph, Bluefield College men's basketball head coach Richard Morgan and keynote speaker Tornado men's basketball head coach, George Pitts.
The cost for the clinic is a mere $30 for a single coach or $50 for a team sending two or more coaches. Included in the cost is a free lunch provided by King College and a free King College T-shirt.
Registration and sign in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 morning with programming beginning at 9:00 a.m. If you care to register in advance, you can download the registration form and send it in with your payment by check OR you can register online and pay upon arrival. All check should be made payable to "KCMBB".
For additional information or questions regarding the clinic, please contact assistant men's basketball coach Nick Pasqua at 423-956-0211 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
9:00 a.m. - Josh Thompson: Thompson comes to King College from Nyack College in New York where he served as head coach for their women's program from 2002-2010. While at Nyack, Thompson led the women's basketball program through the school's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. From 2003-2007, their team received the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Team Sportsmanship Award. In 2009, Nyack claimed the NCCAA East Region Championship, and Thompson earned NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year honors. Thompson's squad won both the regular season and conference championships for the CACC with a school record 21 wins, earning the program the college's first-ever berth to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Thompson's peers in the CACC voted him Coach of the Year for the 2010 season.
10:00 a.m. - Ty Randolph: Ty Randolph has experienced basketball at every level both as a player and as a coach. He played collegiately at Virginia Intermont College before going on to play professionally with the Harlem Globetrotters, and then playing in the professional leagues in France and Japan. After his playing career ended he got into coaching and coached at several high schools before spending two seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats in player development. Currently he is serving as the Head Boy's Basketball Coach at AAAAA Camden County High School in Kingsland, GA.
11:00 a.m. - Richard Morgan: Richard Morgan, a coach with more than a decade of experience at the NCAA level, a player with a decorated career in the AAC, and an individual with roots in Virginia as a standout athlete at Salem High School enters into his second year as Head Coach of the Rams. Morgan who came to BC after a three- year stint as an assistant coach at Appalachian State University, a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). While at ASU, Morgan helped coach the Mountaineers to a school record 25 wins in a season (2007), a National Invitational Tournament Appearance (2007), and back-to-back Southern Conference Championships (2007-2008). Under Morgan's first season as head coach, the Rams finished as AAC Regular Season Champions and with a 16-14 overall record and with an 11-5 record in the AAC. The Rams also played in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Mid- East Regionals where they beat Covenant College.
1:00 a.m. - George Pitts: Enters his sixth season as the Head Coach of the King College Tornado; teaching a style of play that emphasizes pressing, fast break, fundamentals, discipline, effort, and teamwork. Pitts has led the Tornado to three AAC Tournament championships, while posting a five-year record of 116-48. Pitts was a high school head in Tennessee for 30 years with an overall record of 820-211, and won 7 TSSAA State Championships.