June Daugherty Hoops Blog
July 7, 2006
Hey Coach, what to you do in your off season? This is a question we get often by several of our supporters. The off-season gives us time to evaluate and prepare for next season and improve as coaches. Our staff recently attended the world's biggest basketball clinic sponsored by Nike in Las Vegas. Some of the coaches that spoke included Lorenzo Romar, University of North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams and Stanford Head Coach, Tara Vanderveer. We gathered a lot of good drills and ideas.
Recruiting is certainly in full swing this time of year as several of the underclassmen in our state, Oregon and California have visited our campus to become better acquainted with our academic and athletic programs. Showing them the "state of the art" new academic center, Conibear Shellhouse, that houses our academic student support center, computer labs, tutors, counselors, and the dining facilities for all of our student-athletes, has really opened up their eyes to the commitment the University of Washington has to enhancing the total student-athlete experience. What a valuable first class approach and facility for their use!
The month of July is the NCAA evaluation window to go back out on the road to watch the best high school players compete against national competition. My travel itinerary starts with a drive down I-5 for the End of the Trail tournament in Oregon City July 6th through the 9th. There will be roughly 170 teams present to compete. Then I will head back up I-5 for the Midsummer Night's Madness Tournament that takes place in our own Bank of America Arena in Hec Edmondson Pavilion, July 10- 13th. There will be teams and games just about everywhere you look in our beautiful facilities. Our newly resurfaced north court will provide two college regulation size courts to add to the other three courts in the Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmondson Pavilion for competition and coaches evaluations. We are very fortunate to have five full size basketball courts under one roof to host these prestigious basketball events. Then it is off to Chicago, Memphis, Las Vegas and San Diego to name just a few more stops in July. This should be a lot of fun.
August is back to campus for more recruits to visit and our community clinics. Our coaching staff has committed time to go into our wonderful community and provide free community clinics to share the game we love, basketball. Over the past nine years community centers, like the ones in South Park and Rainier Beach, have been just a few of our stops. The clinics are free and available to girls who are in grades K-8. Our goals are to share the game we love, teach a little about life through the game of basketball, teach some basketball skills and to have a whole lot of fun. Thanks to our University of Washington Athletic Department for providing funds we provide a t-shirt and basketball for each clinic participant.
We encourage your comments and feedback. You can email June Daugherty at email@example.com.