Those who love to play basketball on the cement will have a chance to play on the hardwood. Marty Eggleston, head coach of the LCCC men’s college basketball team, will be holding open gym sessions on Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5:00 pm in the Field House in the Ewing Center (EC), but act fast if you want to be apart of the team, According to Coach Eggleston, there are only three to four spots left on 16-man roster. “My recommendations are that if anyone expects to make the team, you would come to these open sessions,” Coach Eggleston said.
The team will consist of about 12 true freshman, who are players coming straight out of high school. This means that the Commodore squad will be a young team.
Coach Eggleston’s biggest goal is not only to win basketball games, but to make his players better students and men. “They must be academically sound,” Eggleston said. “We travel a lot and there’s a lot of practice time, so they need to manage themselves in the classroom.”
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) requires that athletes must be a full time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours. Players must also have at least a 2.85 gpa to be eligible according to the eligibility pamphlet on the NJCAA’s website.
Eggleston takes academics seriously. The desktop picture on his laptop shows him with former players wearing the cap and gown that can only be found on graduation day.
A cartoon called “Sports without education” hangs in Eggleston’s office, showing a person holding a basketball with a basketball hoop in the distance. The hoop has a money sign on the backboard with text calling it ‘the long shot’. The caption says “educate yourself”, meaning education is essential to success in sports.
Any players who are interested, or have more questions can contact Coach Eggleston at (440)-365-5222 ext. 8310 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any women who want to play for the women’s team can go to EC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00pm. Head coach, Dr. Vince Granito can be contacted by emailing email@example.com, or by visiting his office at room 211J in the iLoft on Mondays and Thursdays between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm.