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Springfield College Hosts Nike Championship Basketball Clinic Friday-Sunday, April 25-27

Roy Williams Nike Image SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – April 24, 2008 – Top NCAA coaches Roy Williams, Billy Donovan, John Thompson III, and Tara VanDerveer are just a few of the well-known college basketball coaches who will be conducting sessions at the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic this weekend at the James Naismith Court at Springfield College’s Blake Arena.

Sessions will be conducted on Friday, April 25; Saturday, April 26; and Sunday, April 27.

The clinic is for basketball coaches of all levels. Registration is still open. The cost is $135.00 and is payable by check at the door Friday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, or Saturday from 8:30 am to 12 noon.

“We have always had success in conducting this clinic in the Eastern part of the country,” said Nike Championship Basketball Clinics Director Ed Janka. “It’s proven that Eastern coaches of all levels really love their basketball, evident by the great numbers that attend. We’re expecting somewhere between 550 and 600 coaches here at Springfield College starting on Friday. And we will welcome more.”

“This event represents a perfect fit for the College,” says Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn. “Our mission, which, in part, is to help prepare our students to become leaders in all walks of life, has resulted in successful careers in many professions, including coaching at all levels. And, too, we are renowned world-wide as the Birthplace of Basketball.”

Friday evening is expected to be a blockbuster of a night.

There will be three sessions on Friday evening, starting at 5:15 pm when Tara VanDerveer speaks on “Man and Zone Quick Hitters”. VanDerveer is the current head women’s coach at Stanford University, which just finished second to Tennessee in the recent NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four. VanDerveer won NCAA titles in 1990 and 1992, and also led the U.S. National Team to an Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta in 1996.

She will be followed by Billy Donovan, head men’s coach at Florida, who will be speaking on the “Gator Up-Tempo Game.” Donovan won back-to-back NCAA men’s titles in 2006 and 2007.

The evening will culminate with Roy Williams, currently the head men’s coach at North Carolina and former head coach at Kansas, who will speak on “Our Fast Break and Secondary Break.” North Carolina won the NCAA title in 2005. Williams was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame here in Springfield just last September.

Here is the complete schedule for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

Friday, April 25
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Registration
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm – “Man and Zone Quick Hitters” -- Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm – “The Gator Up-Tempo Game” – Billy Donovan, Florida
8:15 pm – 9:30 pm – “Our Fast Break and Secondary Break” – Roy Williams, No. Carolina

Saturday, April 26
8:30 am – 12 noon -- Registration continues
8:30 am – 10:45 am – Complimentary coffee and tea
9:15 am – 10:30 am – “DePaul’s Pressure Package” – Doug Bruno, women’s coach, DePaul
10:45 am – 12 noon – “Zone Offense” – Dave Odom, former men’s coach, Wake Forest
12 noon – 2:00 pm – Lunch on your own
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm – “Offensive Concepts” – John Thompson III, men’s coach, Geogetown
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm – “My Favorite Practice Drills” – Kevin Boyle, St. Patrick’s HS (N.J.)
4:45 pm – 6:45 pm -- Dinner on your own
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm – “Special Situations” – Bob McKillop, men’s coach, Davidson
8:15 pm – 9:30 pm – “Fast Break Endings” – Tony Barone, Memphis Grizzlies

Sunday, April 27
7:30 am – 9:30 am – Complimentary coffee and tea
8:00 am – 9:15 am – “The High Post Offense” – Dana Altman, men’s coach, Creighton
9:30 am – 10:45 am – “Point Zone Defense” – Paul Hewitt, men’s coach, Georgia Tech

This is the third of six NCAA Championship Basketball Clinics being conducted around the country. Two have already been conducted in Chester, W.Va. and in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Three more will be conducted in the near future in Des Moines, Ia., Las Vegas, Nev., and Robinsonville, Miss.

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