Jul 6, 2012
Suspended High School Coach Wants To Coach In College

New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high-school/suspended-forest-hills-hs-boys-basketball-coach-ben-chobhaphand-coach-college-article-1.1108683

Ben Chobhaphand swelled with pride the instant Maurice Harkless was selected by the 76ers in the first round of the NBA draft on June 28. Soon, Chobhaphand was doing phone interviews with media in Philadelphia, discussing what it was like to coach the 19-year-old wunderkind at Forest Hills HS.

Chobhaphand also offered glowing reviews of the St. John’s product when NBA teams called as part of their pre-draft background checks.

“In the month of June, I spoke to Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Boston, said Chobhaphand, who coached Harkless for two seasons at Forest Hills. They asked me what type of person he is, background stuff. They asked me about Moe when he was in high school — off the court stuff, too.”

While Harkless’ future seems set, Chobhaphand’s is anything but certain.

Once one of the bright, young coaches in the PSAL, Chobhaphand is now busy trying to put the pieces of his coaching career back together after being suspended for recruiting violations in February 2011.

“I’m just trying to see what comes next, Chobhaphand said. I’m just being positive about everything.”

After leading Forest Hills to a second-place finish in Queens ‘AA’ a year and a half ago, a league-wide investigation revealed Chobhaphand tried to lure a former junior varsity player from Francis Lewis to Forest Hills. Chobhaphand was slapped with a year-long ban, forcing him to miss the 2010-2011 playoffs and all of last season.

Sitting in a coffee shop in Astoria on Monday, Chobhaphand broke the silence he had maintained throughout most of his ordeal, expressing a desire to coach in college while also denying the charges against him.

He says he is looking forward to defending himself in an arbitration hearing that he hopes will happen in September.

“I’m fighting it because I definitely felt I wasn’t given due process and the information is all misconstrued, Chobhaphand said. I have no anger toward the PSAL or the Board of Ed. There’s just certain things that should have been put to light that haven’t yet, and when I get my chance, I’ll do it.”

Chobhaphand is now focused on finding a job on the college level, saying, I think it’s my time.

“We did a lot of good things in seven years at Forest Hills — had seven scholarship players there in seven years, he said. Forest Hills would be nice to go back to, but I want to see what’s out there college-wise. I’m at that age. If I don’t do it now, I’m going to be stuck.”

Chobhaphand said he was one of the finalists for the mens head coaching job at Queensborough CC, where he played from 1999-2001. Queensborough athletic director Pete Marchitello did not return a call or email for comment.

Suspended High School Coach Wants To Coach In College

New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/high-school/suspended-forest-hills-hs-boys-basketball-coach-ben-chobhaphand-coach-college-article-1.1108683

Ben Chobhaphand swelled with pride the instant Maurice Harkless was selected by the 76ers in the first round of the NBA draft on June 28. Soon, Chobhaphand was doing phone interviews with media in Philadelphia, discussing what it was like to coach the 19-year-old wunderkind at Forest Hills HS.

Chobhaphand also offered glowing reviews of the St. John’s product when NBA teams called as part of their pre-draft background checks.

“In the month of June, I spoke to Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Boston, said Chobhaphand, who coached Harkless for two seasons at Forest Hills. They asked me what type of person he is, background stuff. They asked me about Moe when he was in high school — off the court stuff, too.”

While Harkless’ future seems set, Chobhaphand’s is anything but certain.

Once one of the bright, young coaches in the PSAL, Chobhaphand is now busy trying to put the pieces of his coaching career back together after being suspended for recruiting violations in February 2011.

“I’m just trying to see what comes next, Chobhaphand said. I’m just being positive about everything.”

After leading Forest Hills to a second-place finish in Queens ‘AA’ a year and a half ago, a league-wide investigation revealed Chobhaphand tried to lure a former junior varsity player from Francis Lewis to Forest Hills. Chobhaphand was slapped with a year-long ban, forcing him to miss the 2010-2011 playoffs and all of last season.

Sitting in a coffee shop in Astoria on Monday, Chobhaphand broke the silence he had maintained throughout most of his ordeal, expressing a desire to coach in college while also denying the charges against him.

He says he is looking forward to defending himself in an arbitration hearing that he hopes will happen in September.

“I’m fighting it because I definitely felt I wasn’t given due process and the information is all misconstrued, Chobhaphand said. I have no anger toward the PSAL or the Board of Ed. There’s just certain things that should have been put to light that haven’t yet, and when I get my chance, I’ll do it.”

Chobhaphand is now focused on finding a job on the college level, saying, I think it’s my time.

“We did a lot of good things in seven years at Forest Hills — had seven scholarship players there in seven years, he said. Forest Hills would be nice to go back to, but I want to see what’s out there college-wise. I’m at that age. If I don’t do it now, I’m going to be stuck.”

Chobhaphand said he was one of the finalists for the mens head coaching job at Queensborough CC, where he played from 1999-2001. Queensborough athletic director Pete Marchitello did not return a call or email for comment.






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