Jul 19, 2012
Coaching Rivals Form Basketball Academy

CantonRep.com

http://www.cantonrep.com/sports/x1062477759/Coaching-rivals-team-up-to-form-basketball-academy

High school basketball coaches were among the last group of people to embrace summer AAU basketball. The entity is a part of the basketball experience. The summer AAU circuit is practically a second season to the winter high school sport.

Three Stark County coaches — all feisty rivals — have joined together to help get county players recognition and educate parents about the recruiting process as well. McKinley High School head coach Keith Noftz, Hoover’s Randy Montgomery and Massillon’s Larry Taylor are forming the Stark County Basketball Academy.

They have already taken a team of players to an AAU tournament in Chicago, and they have plans for a tournament in Las Vegas.

“Part of the problem is some of our McKinley players were scheduled to go to Vegas the last two years and for whatever reason, their team didn’t end up out there, Noftz said.

The Vegas AAU tournament is arguably the largest in the country. Hundreds of college coaches are in the area scouting recruits.

Because of Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, no high school coach is allowed to coach an AAU team with more than two players from his high school on it. The Stark County Basketball Academy team will have two players each from Hoover, McKinley and Massillon. The team will be filled out with the best players from the rest of the county who have not already joined an AAU team.

The hope is the Stark County Basketball Academy will get the support of fellow county coaches and be filled with mid-major type prospects. Their purpose isn’t to compete against AAU, but to help players and parents in Stark County.

We don’t want to make it sound like we have all the answers, but we have 104 years of coaching experience, Noftz said. We have a lot of contacts in college basketball.

“There isn’t a college coach in the country who doesn’t know where Stark County is. We just want to put a better product on the floor.”

Montgomery, Noftz and Taylor are rival coaches. These aren’t three coaches you would find having lunch at the Winking Lizard. But that’s where they were recently to seal the first of what they hope are several sponsorships to help defray some of the AAU travel costs.

Coaching Rivals Form Basketball Academy

CantonRep.com

http://www.cantonrep.com/sports/x1062477759/Coaching-rivals-team-up-to-form-basketball-academy

High school basketball coaches were among the last group of people to embrace summer AAU basketball. The entity is a part of the basketball experience. The summer AAU circuit is practically a second season to the winter high school sport.

Three Stark County coaches — all feisty rivals — have joined together to help get county players recognition and educate parents about the recruiting process as well. McKinley High School head coach Keith Noftz, Hoover’s Randy Montgomery and Massillon’s Larry Taylor are forming the Stark County Basketball Academy.

They have already taken a team of players to an AAU tournament in Chicago, and they have plans for a tournament in Las Vegas.

“Part of the problem is some of our McKinley players were scheduled to go to Vegas the last two years and for whatever reason, their team didn’t end up out there, Noftz said.

The Vegas AAU tournament is arguably the largest in the country. Hundreds of college coaches are in the area scouting recruits.

Because of Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, no high school coach is allowed to coach an AAU team with more than two players from his high school on it. The Stark County Basketball Academy team will have two players each from Hoover, McKinley and Massillon. The team will be filled out with the best players from the rest of the county who have not already joined an AAU team.

The hope is the Stark County Basketball Academy will get the support of fellow county coaches and be filled with mid-major type prospects. Their purpose isn’t to compete against AAU, but to help players and parents in Stark County.

We don’t want to make it sound like we have all the answers, but we have 104 years of coaching experience, Noftz said. We have a lot of contacts in college basketball.

“There isn’t a college coach in the country who doesn’t know where Stark County is. We just want to put a better product on the floor.”

Montgomery, Noftz and Taylor are rival coaches. These aren’t three coaches you would find having lunch at the Winking Lizard. But that’s where they were recently to seal the first of what they hope are several sponsorships to help defray some of the AAU travel costs.






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