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PABCA NewsLetter Vol. 8

By PABCA on Feb 5, 2020 11:42:00 AM

Topics: Dribble & Shoot

Dribble & Shoot

PA Basketball Coaches Association Newsletter

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Inside This Issue:

  • Kobe Bryant Tribute
  • Coaches vs Cancer
  • PABCA Fall Showcases
  • PABCA Directors
  • College spotlight
  • NHSBCA & USA Basketball
  • Social Media
  • Member Application

Who We Are A Part Of and You can be too!

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association is an organization that unites high school basketball coaches. It is an alliance among State Basketball Coaches Associations that represents over 75,000 coaches nationwide.

Do It Now!

"PABCA Membership is for you and your players"

Nominate You Players for "PABCa Fall Showcase"
Nominate Fellow Member coaches for "Ron Galbreath Coach of The Year Award"

Join PABCA Today!


Sad News...

Who was Kobe Bryant?

Kobe Bryant spent his early years in Italy and joined the NBA straight out of high school. A dominant scorer, Bryant won five NBA championships and the 2008 MVP Award with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although later seasons were marred by injuries, he surpassed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA all-time scoring list in December 2014 and retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final game. In 2018, Bryant earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball. On January 26, 2020, he was in a helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gigi and seven others.

Bryant's wife Vanessa posted on Instagram. ...and... "We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri." "There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon."

History of Coaches vs. Cancer

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Coaches vs. Cancer provides critical mission outreach, while raising funds in support of the Society’s lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and community service efforts. More info in PDF.

3 Pennsylvania Fall Showcases

Western, Central & Eastern Paramount Scoutng Bureau will
assist with the Showcase

Participants will be tested individually for speed, agility and strength, and then play in Showcase games in front of college coaches. Players will be scouted during the games with a scouting report written on each player. PSB will post and send player assessments to all NCAA, NAIA and junior college coaches. Showcase will be streamed live for viewing by college coaches across
the country. College recruiting presentation will follow after the showcase. PABCA member coaches’ players will receive a discount to attend showcase.

Coaches Spotlight

Dave Niland
PennState Behrend

Penn State Behrend head men's basketball coach Dave Niland enters his 26th season guiding the Behrend Lions program. Niland has produced 25 consecutive winning seasons to rank 20th among NCAA Division III programs for winning-est teams of the decade. The Lions also have earned an NCAA or ECAC postseason bid in 23 of the past 24 years. Niland is the all-time leader in men's basketball coaching victories with 496 entering this season. Last season, Behrend won its sixth overall AMCC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the eight time under Niland's direction. The finished with a 23-5 overall record and 14-4 mark in the AMCC, while having three players earn All-Conference honors. Niland has been named the AMCC Coach of the Year seven times— a league and college record. His teams have won seven regular-season league titles and six conference tournament championships.


Written by PABCA

Pennsylvania Basketball Coaches Association