For the second year, Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach Gary Blair shared the talents of his experience and those of his fellow coaches and players—in the Gary Blair Coaching Academy, which took place Oct. 5 and 6, 2013 at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena in College Station. There were 112 coaches from junior high, high school and collegiate programs in attendance.
Blair was quick to single out Bob Starkey, Assistant Coach, for his leadership:
“I thought that Coach Starkey did a great job of organizing the camp, and getting a great base of coaches from a three-state area in here.”
Attendees came from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana for this year’s event. The Academy coaches included Blair (basketball philosophy and Aggie man offense), Starkey (defensive overload drills), Associate Head Coach Kelly Bond-White (Aggie zone offense), Player Development Director Jen Jones (quickness and agility) and Assistant Coach Amy Wright (special situations).
The Aggie women’s basketball team provided the featured on-floor demonstrations. Said Blair, “I think our players enjoyed it because they had 112 people watching practice, and they were able to play at a higher level knowing that they were being evaluated by our present coaching staff and being looked on favorably from the high school coaches.”
Special program stations included “Growing the Game,” “Developing Point Guards,” “Good things for your Program,” and “Building a Program.”
In keeping with Blair’s commitment to the sport, there were plenty of times for fellowship and social discussions of all things basketball. Attendees left here having made new friends and colleagues and a confidence that Texas A&M is a tremendous program for talented high school and junior college players to consider.
“It’s our job as a college program, and one that has won the national championship, to give back to the game and particularly give back to the high schools who have done a great job of furnishing us with the talent that keeps us in the Top 25 each year,” said Blair. “Hopefully in years to come, we can keep the tradition going of teaching and growing the game, because that’s what Texas A&M is all about: tradition and leadership.”
There is, of course, a direct parallel statement that Blair makes during the regular basketball season and that is, “the more people in the stands of Reed Arena during a women’s basketball game, the better the team shines.”
For those who cannot wait for the beloved season to arrive, Nov. 3 marks the Aggie women’s season opener as they host Oklahoma City in an exhibition game. They’ll be on the road for their regular season opener on Nov. 11 at North Texas. In less than 30 days, the Aggie faithful will return to rock Reed Arena. Season tickets are the best value in town; check them out here.