Day 3: Notre Dame

Well after hitting the snooze alarm a few too many times – I grabbed a coffee on my way out of the hotel & got over to ND’s campus around 9:45am.  Just enough time to say my hellos to the staff before they hit the court.  Head Coach Muffet McGraw shared with me how this would be an ‘offensive session’ so she quickly had my attention & was optimistic that it would be a great learning day for me – and the Fighting Irish did not disappoint.

Muffet McGraw in case some of you don’t realize – has won nearly 600 games in her career & over 20 years on the Irish sidelines including a national championship in 2001.  She played her college career at St. Joseph’s Univ. in Philadelphia, PA, and is presently on the WBCA Board of Directors serving as the Division I Legislative Chair.  But as many of you know from camp – all of this STILL doesn’t touch how much of a ‘class act’ Coach McGraw really is.

There was a great pace to the practice w/ different breakdowns of both transition and half court offensive.  If you are a fan of the old school Princeton offense you will enjoy watching the Irish this season.  Again had the chance to see some nice flare screen and more dribble drag ideas.

It goes without saying that I was in the presence of a staff full of future head coaches – Muffet presently has seven former assistants/players that are Division I head coaches.  Jonathan Tsipis, Angie Potthoff-Barber, & Niele Ivey challenged & connected w/ the players the entire session.  Mixing in teaching in front of the group & pulling players on the side to make their teaching points – BALANCE would be a great way to describe this staff.

As the session finished up – it was great to catch up with two young ladies that I tried to recruit to Illinois – Lindsay Schrader (a senior) and Skylar Diggins (Gatorade High School Player of the Year).  Lindsay is hoping to continue her playing career after this season, and has the tools to play professional at some level.  Skylar’s enthusiasm for the game is infectious.  I recruited Skylar when she was in 8th grade and to see her have the career she has had, and for her to still remind me and everyone that “Chris was the first” – is special.  Remember the name ladies as she will be one of the next WNBA superstars as she has a very Tiger Woodish ‘air’ about her and is a winner both on and off the court.

As I headed back to the offices with the staff I was flattered that they invited me to the staff room to discuss the practice & planned their next practice session.  We traded a couple of different ideas & shared w/ them our Rick Pitino ‘Dribble Attack drill”.  Jonathan and I headed for lunch to one of the staff’s favorite spots & and wrapped up our day as we walked around the Bryce Joyce Center & was able to see some of the renovations – which include a new playing floor.  I won’t unveil what they have done – but it can be described in one word – classy.

Time to get on the road to Ann Arbor, MI.  Upon my arrival I was able to get some work done finally as I am definitely been neglecting some of my Blue Star/USJN responsibilities.  Watched the Yankees take their first loss in their series & finishing up some more work before getting a small workout in (ran my first mile since probably pre-season last year 🙂   Looking forward to a good night sleep & a nice breakfast tomorrow morning as Michigan doesn’t start practice until noon.

میز اداری صندلی مدیریتی صندلی اداری تبلیغات کلیکی میز تلویزیون پاراگلایدر آگهی رایگان محسن چاوشی دانلود آهنگ جدید خرید اینترنتی عکس بازیگران