Monday, October 11, 2010

New Knights Keep On Coming


Gannon SSID (Super Sports Information Director) Dan Teliski sent me an email yesterday informing me that complete bios for the men's basketball team are now online. Click here for the team roster and then click on the player's name who you want more info on.

But don't click just yet. I came across two very interesting facts while doing my clicking on the roster:
1. The Knights have named a new assistant coach. He's Matt Stearsman (see photo) and he comes to GU from NAIA St. Catherine (Ky.) College, which I have to admit I've never heard of before. Nuts -- I thought I knew every U.S. college that had a basketball team! Stearsman coached previously for two seasons at NAIA Oklahoma City University where former Kentucky Wesleyan coach Ray Harper jumped to before KWC was placed on probation. My guess is that there's a connection between Harper and John Reilly, who both coached in Owensboro, Ky. -- Harper at Wesleyan and Reilly down the street (literally) at Brescia.

2. You probably already knew that Mercyhurst Prep grad John Eisenman was walking on for the Knights, but did you know that he's the son of Nancy Eisenman and former Gannon athletic director and hoopster Howard "Bud" Elwell? Not to put any pressure on John, but Bud registered 253 points between 1951-54. You'd better score at least 50 points this year or you're going to hear it at the dinner table all off-season.

20 comments:

  1. The web page still has the announcement for Coach Church and nothing regarding the new coach. Huh?

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  2. Is it safe to say that after 5 days...
    one comment on the blog, and no official press release - just the magical appearance of his bio on the website - that no one really cares.

    And that he may have been an underwhelming choice for the position?

    from neurotic to nasty...

    someone get my thorazine!

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  3. so being that the majority of the people on here whined about Coach Reilly not having a "midnight madness", I want to know how man of you went to the Midnight Opening Practice Friday?

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  4. I was under the impression that, although they did practice at midnight Friday, it was NOT an open practice. I was told specifically by an assistant coach that, per Coach Reilly, there weren't to be any spectators.

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  5. I have no idea, I was just told about it Tuesday night by others so I figured it was for all. What would be the point of having a midnight practice if not for public?

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  6. Craig Smylie announced the midnight practice on Fox but said it was NOT open to the public.

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  7. Yeah, I just found the article on goerie that says they were having it but it was "for select audience" only

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  8. I was at opening and Coach Reilly worked them hard til @ 2:20. With my limited knowledge of the game, but one who has comanded men in stressful times I do like the attentiveness, the cohesion and effort I saw on that 1st night. Not to say anything, but I think we will surprise several down state teams.
    I also got to chat with Matt Steasrman. He and Reilly new each other from Ky.

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  9. Definitely serious ... two practices a day on Fri, Sat and Sunday.

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  10. I believe he always does two a day in the beginning. Remember last years interview with Isaac Reid about how he's "never played so much defense before" or how he "never had to move" his "feet so much in a practice". And he also said how he went from one 1.5 hour practice to 2 2-3 hour practices.

    Well, if nothing else, Gannon men should be in shape as they always are!

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  11. Just a note of interest. W Torres, whom GU looked at but he decided to go to Nyack College
    is not listed om their roster. I also understand he is not in school there. Hmm! Next yr maybe?

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  12. Torres is in school, but not at Nyack. I cannot remember where he said he was at, but I'm going to look it up to see if I can find it. It's a small D3 school he said.

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  13. not 100% sure, but my buddy said he thinks Torres went to Lakeland Community College. This is obviously not a D3 school, but now I'm thinking he may have just said "small school". However, Lakeland is in Ohio and not TOO far from Erie and I do remember him saying he was coming home some weekends to visit and that the drive was not too bad.

    If anyone else finds anything, let me know as Lakeland's site is still in 2009-2010 mode.

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  14. coachcorey: Your right. Torres is at Lakeland Community College which I think is over near Mentor. It is also where former GU assistant Chris Kibler was at.

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  15. Lakeland Community College is literally right at the Mentor exit on I-90. Their property backs up to the fence. It's about an hour and 5 minute drive from Erie.

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  16. Good info and Torres and Kibler. I didn't know either of those data points. And, yes, Lakeland is in Mentor (technically Kirtland, OH but they're as close as Millcreek and Fairview).

    As far as hard practices, Dukiet had two-a-days whenever we didn't have school. And, when we made our run to the Elite 8 in 1992, we'd practice 2x a day DURING school -- shootarounds before 8AM classes and then from 3 to almost 6 in the evening. Game days were like days off.

    40 days (and 40 nights) until the season opener!

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  17. Jim - Would that happen to be you coaching a child in soccer? Saw the name as coach and just had to see if the Basketball Guru was coaching a different sport! :)

    In all seriousness, and regardless if it's actually you (but if it is), way to be! Volunteer parent involvement is crucial in youth sports now-a-days. Get to help so many kids get their start, never know you could be coaching the next Kobe Bryant or Diana Taurasi, the next Landon Donovan or Abby Wambach, etc.

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  18. Yes, after a nationwide search, I've been named head soccer coach for Team 11 in the 4-5 year-old age category at the Glenwood YMCA. The only disagreement I had with the Y was my desire to have a midnight madness for our first practice this Friday. They had some excuse about "past the kids' bedtime" or something like that.

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  19. I must have missed the press conference on it. Is this a multi-session deal and I hope you held out for the highest volunteer pay possible!

    Seriously? They're letting a curfew clause overrule traditional midnight madness practice?!?! Wow... Well after you get your system worked in I'm sure the fans will see it differently and that midnight madness practice may be a desire for them!

    That is awesome to hear though. Major kudos to you!

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  20. so we're a little over 24 hours away from first practice tippi... errr.. uh, kicking-off! Any big plans for practice/drills/conditioning? Remember to not be too easy; they don't need water break every hour! No tears, no blood, no sweat = no use!

    Good luck buddy! :)

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