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Blazers Assistant Coach David Vanterpool Embraces Mentor Role - Jan 10, 2019


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The Trail Blazers' coaching staff is loaded from one end of the bench to the other. Coach Terry Stotts' crew features two premier head coaching candidates in David Vanterpool (195-G/F-73, college: St.Bonaventure) and Nate Tibbetts. Both coaches have received attention in recent summers, and at some point it is likely that they will inherent head coaching duties of their own.

Vanterpool, a veteran player of both domestic and foreign leagues, spoke with HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy about the most rewarding aspects of being an assistant coach.

'My favorite part of the job is the opportunity to impact these young men's lives,' Vanterpool said. 'You'd be surprised how many times the conversation gravitates from basketball to life. In this job, you get an opportunity to be closely related to some of the most admired people in sports. But, aside from them being admired for their athletic prowess, they're still people. They're highly talented; more talented than I could've ever dreamed to be. But you realize that you can contribute to their lives aside from their profession. If I have some little tidbit I can offer a player and it can impact his life, that is really gratifying. Sometimes, it's telling them about a mistake that I made in the past. That means a lot to me. You're watching these kids' lives completely transform.'

Vanterpool joined the Blazers staff before the 2012-13 season. Prior to coming to Portland, he served on CSKA Moscow's coaching staff. After the conclusion of the 2017-18 regular season, Vanterpool was interviewed for both the Magic and Hornets' head coaching positions.   




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Gophers' Jordan Murphy will go down as one of the best rebounders in Big Ten history - 1 day ago
Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) traces back his path to becoming one of the best rebounders in Big Ten history to a meeting in coach Richard Pitino's office during his sophomore year. Focus on rebounding, he was told. Own the boards and everything else would come easier. 'That really got me in line and got my mind right,' said Murphy, who enters the Gophers' game Tuesday at No. 5 Michigan with 1,128 rebounds, most among active Division I players and No. 3 in Big Ten history. Murphy and Pitino...   [read more]
UVI teams return to action tonight, Tuesday - 1 day ago
University of the Virgin Islands Men (7-11) and Women (5-18) return to action tonight 6 and 8pm respectively tonight,Tuesday, as they face Johnson University Florida (5-17 men and 3-17 women). The men teams collided on November 17th with UVI blowing out the Florida team at home, 75-61. The games will be streamed at https://livestream.com/JUFL The double dip continues on Wednesday, as both UVI teams take on Warner University (15-7 men, 6-16 women)on Wednesday at 6:30pm (Women) and 8:30pm...   [read more]


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