Well, it has come to that time. It has come time for me to write my last blog and walk of this court as a champion. A champion of hard work, commitment, and memories.
I have thouroughly enjoyed my 3 years blogging about my experiences here at Lynn, which I will never forget. The marketing team has been nothing short of amazing to me. I will always remember them and be thankful to them for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
I have learned so much about myself in my 4 years at Lynn. I have grown as a person, and learned that there are many people in the world, who care about those around them and are not as selfish as our society makes them out to be, and I have met many of those people at Lynn.
I will always be thankful to the teachers and faculty who pushed me to become better in the classroom and in life, as well as our coaches who pushed me even harder and helped me realize my dream of becoming a basketball coach. They helped me in more ways then I can even begin to describe. Without them, I am a typical college student trying to find a regular 8-5 job.
But most importantly, I want to thank my family for supporting me all these years, nothing would be possible without them. I love you all.
So as I finish this blog, I hope I have positively impacted at least one person. And I hope that many high school students will have read this or will read this and realize what a special place Lynn is.
I will forever be a Fighting Knight.
So, it is now official, I have a job for next year!
I accepted an offer to be a Volunteer Graduate Assistant for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Men’s Basketball team. The Trojans compete in the Sun Belt Conference in the NCAA Division 1.
I’m very excited for this opportunity they are giving me. I will be able to continue to watch and learn how to become a better coach, while working behind the scenes and continuing to learn what goes on in running a program. I will be able to learn from some great coaches. From Coach Steve Shields, who is the head coach, and has won 4 division titles and was named 2004 Sun Belt Coach of the Year; to Coach Joe Kleine, who played in the NBA after starring at the University of Arkansas.
I’m very excited to join the program and continuing my learning experience, while providing what talents I do have to the program.
So I know I’m about a week too late with this post, but I figured now is a better time than never haha.
This year, I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Final Four with our coaches. I’m very thankful that they brought me, because I was able to learn a lot in 3 short days.
The biggest thing I learned was that sometimes, you can learn more by listening and observing than by actually doing. I was able to take time to really get in the heads of our assistants and get life tips from them.
On our trip, I got to meet Mark Matthew, the Graduate Assistant at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mark played here at Lynn in 2005-06. Mark is a great guy who shows that Lynn is about the right things.
I was able to see many other coaches on our trip. I saw coaches from Clemson, UALR, Providence, Ole Miss, just to name a few. I really got to see the interactions coaches have with each other off the court.
There was not a day where we weren’t doing something, from watching the teams practice in the stadium, to watching the Resse’s All-America game, to checking out new products that are available (there is a pair of shoes that we were looking at that were awsome), and just talking with other coaches.
I had so much fun and I feel like I grew closer to our coaches here at Lynn. I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for me.
I saw an article on Yahoo! that got me thinking, do women truly know what men want. We all know men know nothing about women, but do women truly know men?
Well here is a list of 10 things I have gathered in my short life:
1. Compliment us every know and then. We like to know you care about us. And I’m not saying compliment us on looks or physical stuff, I’m saying on something we’ve done that you don’t think we realized you noticed.
2. If you ask us a question, we will be honest. If we truly care about you, there is no need to lie, because we want there to be honesty. You will be mad at us longer if we lie so there is no need to lie.
3. We don’t want to hear about how your past boyfriend treated you poorly. The only and I mean ONLY time to do this is when you feel you need to cheer us up. We liked our egos stroked at that time.
4. We don’t need you attached at our hip. You know we care about you and want to spend time with you, but we also care about our friends. When we are away from you, we will probably be happier to see you the next time and will want to spend longer with you.
5. Guys don’t smell like girls. Sorry, we have more of a sporty smell to us while you have the flowery smell to you. We try to smell nice, but we normally don’t smell nearly as good as you.
6. Take control at times. If you have something you want to do, tell us, don’t make us guess. If we go out on a date and we ask what you want to do and you say you don’t care, then don’t get upset at our suggestion. You just said you don’t care. This goes for the bedroom too. You know what you like, we don’t. We are as simple as can be in this aspect.
7. You will not come between us and our families or us and ourselves. If you don’t like our mother, sorry, she’s not going anywhere. If you don’t like our chosen career, sorry, it’s what we love.
8. Show us you mean what you say. If you say you love us, don’t just say it, show it in your actions. This can be different for every guy. Some guys its just a random text message when we aren’t expecting it, randomly showing up at work with lunch, or just doing something with us you normally wouldn’t.
9. We know we aren’t perfect, so you don’t need to remind us. If you send us to the store to get stuff and we forget one item, we apologize but at least we got everything else. If we cleaned the house, but didn’t make the bed, we apologize. If we leave the toilet seat up, you’re a big girl, simply push it down.
10. Not everything is our fault. We take the blame to avoid fights and because we know you are going to blame us anyways, but it gets tiring.
This past Wednesday, we lost in the 1st round of the SSC tournament. It was a game that we dug ourselves a hug hole in the beginning by playing selfish basketball and most importantly, not guarding. We started to do a better job as the half went along and even held Barry scoreless for the first 6 or 7 minutes or so, but we didn’t get the job done.
This was the final game of my senior year here at Lynn, so know its the inevitable question of, “What’s next?”
Well, I wish I had an answer. I have not completely ruled out a return to Lynn, but am also looking all around the country. My career as a basketball coach is about to begin and I couldn’t be more excited.
I’ve given everything I could to the Fighting Knights and have learned more than I ever thought I could from the coaching staff. They have shown me the ropes and how much work is needed to succeed. I am forever in debt to Coaches Scott McMillin and Marcus Hayes for everything they have done for me for 4 years. Coach Tim Heskett taught me a lot in the two years I was privileged to work with him, and the year I was able to work with Coaches Bryan Crislip, Austin Faber, and Sean Alarcon. They trusted me even though they didn’t know me and I will always appreciate that.
I will let all of you know when I find out my new job
So this past weekend, my dad, Anthony’s parents, and one of my other friends mom came down and the topic of graduation came up as it should, and one topic came up that we were all confused on.
Why is there even the possibility that parents could have to watch their kids walk across the stage on a screen outside the gym? Our parent’s have put in a lot of money, time, and resources to help get us to this part of our life, they should not have to sit outside in a tent or in another building and see us walk across the stage on a TV screen because Bob and Sally’s aunts and uncles want to see them walk across the stage.
I understand ou gym is not the biggest, so with that in mind, why don’t we move the graduation to another venue that would accommodate everybody. Say for example there are 500 kids in our graduating class and we know each person gets 6 tickets, why not rent out an auditorium in the local community that seats 5,o00. That leaves you room for 1,500 seats, so you could even give everybody 7 tickets.
Or The Centre for Arts at Mizner Park seats 3,920. That covers students, their 6 ticketed family, and 420 faculty/staff.
I just need an explanation so I can tell my parents why they should show up to graduation rather than just wait for the DVD since it would be the same if they don’t show up 3 hours before.
So this week so far has been very good,but it is also very sad.
This morning I received a phone call stating that my diploma was ready for me to pick up. I was happy the whole time on my way to pick it up, but when I got it and looked at it, I was even happier. Graduating college didn’t hit me until I looked at my diploma, like Coach Hayes said it would.
I want to thank my friends and family and the coaches who help make it possible for me to graduate, but especially to Professor Ted Curtis for helping me graduate early. I could not have done it on my own.
Now, you may ask how my week could be sad with this great news. Well, this Saturday is Senior Night at the game. This is the last home game of the regular season and I just can’t believe it. I have spent so much sweat into helping this program by doing all I can and I can’t believe I only have 3 guaranteed games left. I’m going to have to try and control my emotions after the game.
Well, Dad comes in on Thursday. Can’t wait to see him.
Enjoy your week.
Ok, so of course, I have to talk about the whole Tiger Wood’s saga or episode or whatever you want to call it.
I now think differently of Tiger Woods. But, unlike most people, I now have more of a respect for Tiger. You may ask why, but my answer is simple, he is now like everybody else. He showed that he is human and he can admit to his mistakes. Now, like he said in his speech today, his actions, not words will determine if he is truly sorry, but I believe he will show that he is.
Now I will say, he probably should have come out earlier, but taking time allowed him to fully develop his thoughts, discuss with his family, and go to rehab, rather than speaking immediately when emotions were heavily involved.
The biggest thing I give him credit for was admitting that he felt entitled. Most celebrities won’t admit that, but he stepped up and did it.
So in the end, I have more respect for Tiger right now then I did prior to Thanksgiving week, but if his actions don’t back up his words, then I will fully lose respect for him.
So, as most people who know me know, I am a Saints fan. And not one of the Saints fans who has been for the past couple years, my boss in high school (Roger Ellenburg) and I used to have arguments on which team was worse, my Saints or his Raiders. And well, its official, his Raiders won that argument. Haha!
I was so happy last night, and it was because my thoughts were not “Hey this is Saints first championship!” It was more of a “I’m so happy for the city of New Orleans!” After being in New Orleans not too long after Katrina to now, the city and state in fact, has pulled together around the Saints.
I was talking to my mom today about why I waited to post this blog. It was to get the reaction of those around Lynn, and my thoughts are this:
If you have no ties to the city of New Orleans, or haven’t been a Saints fan from an early age, don’t claim to be a Saints fan, or I hope you hurt yourself falling off the band wagon!
WHO DAT!! GEAUX SAINTS!!!!
So I said that I was creating highlight tapes and that I was in charge of all our video, but I realized, I never put up something for everybody to see videos. I have created two videos on this site, the Program Highlight and 2009-10 1st Semester Highlight tape. Everything else was created by someone else. The video about Sheldon Edwards is a very touching story that everybody should see.
Enjoy the videos