How Sir George Became the Coach at RFH

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Congratulations George! All of your hard work has paid off… 600 wins!! It takes a great deal of talent, effort, and determination to achieve such a remarkable feat and it is so awe-inspiring to see you realize it. Your commitment to excellence is evident in earning 600 wins. You serve as an example and inspiration to so many. You truly are a champion and your legend only grows with this amazing accomplishment! I love you and am so proud and thrilled for you.

Viewpoint as the player… It was my sophomore year in high school and we learned that we didn’t have a basketball coach for the upcoming season in place. Immediately I thought of my brother George who had a brilliant career playing the game and wondered if he would now consider coaching. I didn’t think ahead about the consequences I would face when he did receive the position of head coach… like running more sprints and suicides (“Line up” and “Bye”) than everyone so to ensure he wasn’t favoring me! In all seriousness, he was the best coach I ever had (along with my father) and while that may come across biased, I assure you I am not alone in that belief. While he was young when he began his career, you would have never known it by his poise and comprehensive knowledge of the game which made us all that much more confident on the floor. I credit George for instilling in me, instilling in us, a confidence and a skill level that allowed us to play basketball under any condition. I remember as clear as day how he would drill us on things like, “Never give up baseline, take a deep breath before you shoot a foul shot, sprint the floor and stay wide/fill the lanes, headman the ball, close the floor” and the list goes on… We had to hold teams to under 30 points (or else we ran for every point over – you could say I ended up in the best shape of my life!!) so defense from the beginning of his career was always what he pressed. He taught me/us that playing the game – hard, clean, smart – and giving 100% every time, that winning would take care of itself. The preparation also involved more lifelong lessons like good sportsmanship, teamwork and a bigger understanding that it takes more than one person to achieve great success. While he still remembers scores of games from when I played, I remember the locker rooms after we won – the screaming, smiling, laughing and how he participated in that with us- actually totally emotional and truthful – devoid of any inhibitions- he was truly just enjoying the moment with all of us – it was so incredibly special. The impact he made on my life as my coach was great, and for all the hours he spent with me on the court making me into a better player, I am forever grateful.

Viewpoint as the sister… George’s level of passion and enjoyment for the game is remarkable. His intensity in preparation for games and practices alike is second to none. He truly is a student of the game. He will sit and watch film, scout other teams and attend coaching clinics to expand his arsenal of plays and knowledge of the game, realizing you can never learn enough. George’s attention to detail and level of understanding about the game, the team, each individual player, each competitor comes with spending time uncovering. What more, he will go the extra mile and talk to college coaches on behalf of players and arrange college showcases for his players and other players in the area. As the years pass, he follows players careers and speaks of their successes – this alone is an example of the type of coach he is… once a coach, always a coach. He takes so much pride in coaching and genuinely loves it. He can recall crazy stats like what the score was of a game 15 years ago, what the team record was of a team 22 years ago or even who the first game of a season was against without even having to look back at record books. Why you may ask… I think it’s because… for the GREAT ones, coaching is who they are – NOT what they do. This is the case with my brother George… it is in his blood… it’s his personality, his character, his ambition, his drive, his passion.

Congratulations again!!

Love you,
XOXO

Dorothy

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A MOTHER’S FINAL COMMENT….

My Son George…..I’ve watched him over the years grow into a wonderful young man with integrity and a love of the game of Basketball. He played as a youngster in elementary school….as well as High School and College……his dedication to the game was realized by his ability to play with boys older and much taller than he. He worked at shooting and ball handling. He won the Pepsi Cola Hotshot National championship and is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. As a Coach he teaches that hard work prevails. Desire over Talent. Over his coaching years I observed that the teams he coached became like family. He embraced his players and taught them sportsmanship and many life lessons. Academics always trumped sports and winning was the byproduct of hard work and team play. I am so proud of his 600 wins but not surprised that he shares this accomplishment with ALL his players. Congratulations George. I love you. Mom

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