1) Tell our followers
what you have been doing since you left Hempfield HS.
I have been working at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore MD.
I work at a school for Socially and Emotionally Disturbed Students.
I have enjoyed more time fly fishing, going to the Jersey Shore in
the summer, playing in some basketball leagues, following some former
Hempfield players that are playing college ball, and following former
Hempfield assistants that are now head coaches. I have also had times
to go to some selected high school and college basketball games as
well as helping John Graham with Cable 66 TV games in the LL League.
2) LLhoops knows you are
a HUGE Notre Dame fan. Can you tell us you connections there and how
you follow the Golden Domers?
It all started when my best friend from high school Mark Brenneman
played football for Ara Parseghian. He was the starting center for
the 1973 National Championship team. My college buddies and I would
travel from Lock Haven out to South Bend for some football games.
Our best trip was the 1975 Orange Bowl vs Alabama which was Mark's
and Ara's last game. In the spring of 1999 I was invited to work the
Notre Dame Basketball Camp and I have been working two weeks every
summer at the camp. Larry Bellew and Ken Gerber also work the camp
with me and we have a lot of fun. At camp, you get to meet coaches
from all over the country and well as interact with the Notre Dame
staff. I try to follow every football and basketball game on TV or
the internet and I try to get to some football games each year. Now
I can actually make it to some basketball games since I am no longer
3) You had a ton of W's at Hempfield.
Can you remember some special games you were involved with?
I appreciated every win at Hempfield because it is not easy some nights
to get a W. We had so many important LL League games over the years.
The atmospheres of a big game are special. The thing I remember most
is the dedication of our players and our staff. Our players really
cared and our assistant coaching staff was absolutely incredible.
We tried to treat every game preparation the same. Respect our opponent
but have confidence in our game. Some of the games that standout include
our LL League Championship games, the wins over Chester and Jameer
Nelson, Roman Catholic and Eddie Griffin at Lehigh University in 1999,
and the 2000 win against New York City's Christ the King with Omar
Cook and 3 other Division One players. We were excited to get to the
AAAA District 3 finals three times. Unfortunately we came up short
each time. The 2000 District 3 Championship Game was special because
it was McCaskey and Hempfield. The 1999 game vs Harrisburg set the
Hershey Park Arena attendance record of over 10,000. Our state tournament
wins in 2010 vs Nazareth and Philly's LaSalle College HS were exciting
games. We were proud that we played in the LL League.
4) What things do you think about
while doing tv color? Next play, explaining what happened, predicting
what will happen?
I try to do that job with an open mind. Sometimes it has a feel to
it like you are watching a tape as if you are preparing a scouting
report. You just try to explain what is happening on the court. I
appreciate what the players and coaches are going through during the
course of a game.
5) Which teams presented Hempifeld
with the biggest challenges?
I can't speak for Coach Danny Walck but I think a team with size inside.
The Black Knights really don't have that traditional size inside.
Despite the lack of real size, they have done some really nice things
this season. They have beaten teams like Cedar Crest and McCaskey
and they played the District 3 No. 1 seed Central York very tough
in December so I think they can play with anyone. I think they can
do well in Districts because their fundamental sound style can cause
problems for opponents.
Bonus: open forum...is there anything
you would like to tell fans /players about? Things you see changing?
The good the bad and the ugly?
I think the LL League has a great future because there are a lot of
really good underclassmen in the league and a lot of outstanding coaches.
The league will be very good in the coming years. Of course, I would
like to see the LL go to the 3 man officiating crew. York County and
Mid-Penn have it and I think Berks does too. Basketball just does
that now everywhere. Last night I attended the York Area League Semi-Final
doubleheader at Red Lion. (York, West York, Central York, and Red
Lion). It was a really good atmosphere with a huge crowd on hand.
Every basketball fan in York County was there. That would be neat
in the LL League to have that double header instead of splitting into
two sites. Do it at Manheim Township and have standing room only.
And the last thing is the schedule. How about rotating the schedule
so it doesn't look like the same rotation each year? I think the coaches
would like that. And I feel bad for the student/athletes when they
have to play three or four games in a week. Sometimes there is no
way around that but it is a hard situation.