Men’s basketball to hold coaches clinic Oct. 27

October 25, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Steve Easton

Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk and the Toledo men’s basketball program will hold a coaching clinic Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Savage Arena.

The cost is $10; appetizers will be provided following the clinic.

The clinic will begin with presentations from Hillsdale College’s Head Coach John Tharp from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by former head coach Bill Van Gundy from 10 to 11 a.m.

The Rockets will conduct their practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Kowalczyk providing useful drills and techniques for coaches to utilize in their upcoming seasons.

Tharp guided the Chargers to a 24-6 win-loss mark last year en route to winning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title and making a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Van Gundy previously coached at NCAA Division III Brockport State and Genesee State C.C. in New York and is the father of former NBA head coaches Jeff and Stan Van Gundy.

Kowalczyk is entering his third season at UT’s helm and orchestrated a dramatic turnaround in the 2011-12 campaign. The Rockets registered the second-largest turnaround in NCAA Division I Basketball last year by compiling a 19-17 win-loss mark and advancing to post-season play for the first time in five years.

Toledo will return all but one letterwinner from last season’s squad; hitting the hardwood will be second-team All-Mid-American Conference honoree Rian Pearson and MAC Freshman of the Year Julius Brown.

Individuals interested in attending should contact UT Assistant Coach Jason Kalsow at 419.530.7739 or or Director of Basketball Operations Michael Bennett at 419.530.4769 or

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