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Interview With Jim Baron

Jim Baron

Interview Conducted 11/5/2008

AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli

AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli

University of Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron has spent his entire career developing his players both on the basketball court and in the classroom.

His attention to athletic and academic success dates back to his four years as a student-athlete at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y.

Baron, who was named co-captain his senior year, helped lead the Bonnies to the 1976-77 NIT title. His 3.9 assists per game were a team high that season.

Before commencement, Baron was selected by the University Committee as the Ideal Bonaventure Student. The school gives this award yearly to a student or students who exemplify the spirit of St. Bonaventure and the ideals of St. Francis through community service and academic excellence.

He later earned his master’s degree at St. Bonaventure in 1988.

Baron served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame from 1981-87. He learned from Head Coach Richard “Digger” Phelps how to create an infrastructure which allows basketball players to maximize their potential as both athletes and students.

BARON: “We graduated every one of our players. We had Academic All-Americans. We had tremendous student athletes. I’ve taken that equation every place I’ve been.” Continue reading

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Interview With Phil Martelli

Phil Martelli

Interview Conducted 9/30/2008

US Presswire/Christopher Pasatieri

US Presswire - Christopher Pasatieri

For a lifelong Philadelphian, Saint Joseph’s University head coach Phil Martelli has a dream job at his dream school – and for the 2008-09 season – will get to coach all of his home games at his dream gym.

While Saint Joseph’s athletic complex is under extensive renovation and will be called the Michael J. Hagan Arena upon completion, Martelli and his Hawks will call the Palestra, known as the Cathedral of College Basketball, their home for the 2008-09 season.

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The Palestra @ 1927/ Penn Libraries

Martelli has fond memories of the Palestra, located on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, as a youth.

MARTELLI: “I lived in Philadelphia in the city limits. Instead of getting a babysitter, our parents would put us on public transportation when we were 9 and 10 years old. We would go down there every Friday night and Saturday night to see a Penn league game or a city series game. In a lot of ways, it took the place of professional sports for a lot of young people.”

“Back then, we might not have been able to afford a ticket to the Phillies or the Eagles or the Warriors at the time, but we knew we could get into the Palestra.” Continue reading