University of Scranton Offers Basketball Coaching Workshop

Oct 24, 2008

Area youth league and high school coaches can get tips about the game of basketball, good sportsmanship, and developing character through sports from college-level coaches and University of Scranton faculty members at an interactive, half-day workshop presented at the Long Center on campus.

The basketball coaching workshop will take place from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. The course will cover “Coaching Essentials” that include principles of positive coaching, safety and first aid tips, and character development through sport. The workshop will also include demonstrations of basketball fundamentals and practice drills through a lecture/demonstration/question and answer session led by area coaches and a practice session with The University of Scranton women’s basketball team led by head coach Michael Strong. Immediately following the workshop, participants may also watch a University of Scranton men’s basketball team practice led by head coach Carl Danzig.

Area coaches teaching basketball instruction at the workshop, in addition to head basketball coaches Strong and Danzig, are Canio Cianci, assistant coach of The University of Scranton men’s basketball team; Bob McGoff, retired assistant coach of the men’s basketball team at Misericordia University; and Amber Jacobs, Women’s National Basketball Association player and coach of the 7th & 8th grade basketball team for Abington Heights School District. Faculty instructors teaching coaching essentials are, David Black, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at The University of Scranton; Tomm Evans, a teacher at North Pocono High School and former University of Scranton head coach for swimming; Dave Hair, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport at The University of Scranton; Paul Mackarey, PT, DHSc, Mackarey Physical Therapy in Scranton; Jack O’Malley, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at The University of Scranton; John “Robbie” Robertson, retired assistant professor of exercise science and sport at The University of Scranton; and Gary Wodder, Ph.D., professor of exercise science and sport at The University of Scranton.

The workshop, organized by The University of Scranton’s Department of exercise science and sport, honors the memory of Joe Bochiccho, the veteran women’s soccer coach at The University of Scranton who passed away in 2007.

The participation cost of $35 includes the fee for the online American Sport Education Program course “Coaching Youth Basketball.” The registration deadline is Oct. 24. For additional information or to register, call 941-7440 or email

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