Basketball Teams up with "Project Coach"

Contact: Reilly Horan ’13

Amherst's basketball teams welcomed roughly 30 aspiring
coaches to LeFrak Gymnasium as part of Project Coach.

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men’s and women’s basketball teams had targets on their backs throughout this past winter, but that didn’t stop them from taking time out while in season to help their local community.

On Feb. 13, Amherst’s teams held a basketball coaching clinic for the second time with members of Project Coach, an organization that trains high school and middle school students to be coaches of youth sports teams. The program fosters healthy after-school activity choices, encourages an active lifestyle, and trains effective leaders.

“The program is designed to give these students opportunities to spend their free time productively,” men’s basketball player and Center for Community Engagement Athletics Liaison Roshard Bryant ’13 said. “We’re building leadership in a community that needs it.”

Roughly 30 high school and middle school students who are a part of the Project Coach team gathered in LeFrak Gymnasium to learn from two of the country’s elite basketball programs. The 30 coaches were using the clinic to prepare to lead their local elementary school teams in their upcoming season.

The night was spent working the aspiring coaches through a series of skill-specific stations. “We focused on defense, lay-ups, shooting technique, and passing,” said Connor Johnson ’12, who helped organize the event.

Amherst’s teams taught the future coaches the necessities for teaching such skills to younger players. At the end of the night, the head coaches of both teams touched on topics such as the intangibles of coaching, effective communication and being a role model for players.

“We have a pretty big appreciation for being on a team and the benefits that come from that,” Johnson added. “To be able to give someone else the skills to create that environment, that opportunity for others, is really great.”

If you and your team are interested in running a sports clinic for one of the CCE's local partnerships, please contact Amherst’s Athletics Liaisons.

Reilly Horan ’13 is one of three Athletics Liaisons for the Center for Community Engagement.
Athletics Liaisons connect athletes and coaches to the resources of the CCE and work to
create a sustainable culture of service within the Athletics Department. 

If your team is looking for community engagement projects
contact Roshard Bryant ’13 or Irene Hickey ’13 for advice and resources.
Or, visit them at the Keefe Campus Center during their office hours (Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon).

If your team just completed a community engagement event
, contact Reilly Horan ’13
so that the campus can become more aware of what your team is doing to get involved.