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EKU Basketball Coach’s Circle Most Exciting 40 Minutes In Sports

Last night, it was my pleasure to be invited to the EKU Basketball Coach’s Circle dinner at Craig Turner’s cigar bar in Lexington, Kentucky. Craig and his wife, Madonna, hosted a dinner for A.W. Hamilton and his Eastern Kentucky University basketball team.

The team was dressed in the new suits and looked quite dapper. An excellent dinner was served, and many of us got a chance to make new friends and see some old ones too. One of my favorite EKU quarterbacks, Ernie House, was seated next to me, and it is always a joy to reminisce with Ernie about our college days.

I even got to talk horses with a new buddy, Mike Gallagher, who met Coach Hamilton when he was the head coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. By the way, Coach Hamilton won a national title at Hargrove.

After the blessing by Craig Turner and the delicious dinner, Coach Hamilton introduced the four team captains to the Coach’s Circle guests. The team captains who were selected by their teammates are Michael Mareno, Tayshawn Comer, Leland Walker, and Devontae Blanton. Moreno and Blanton are seniors, and Comer and Walker are sophomores. In addition, Blanton is the preseason Player of the Year in the ASUN conference.

After the introduction of the team captains, Michael Moreno introduced his teammates. One of the highlights of the evening was the “dance” by Richmond’s own Isaiah Cozart, the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the ASUN conference. The “dance” received a round of approval from the Coach’s Circle guests and EKU teammates.

Coach Hamilton’s presentation followed the team introduction. First, Coach Hamilton stated that this year’s team needed to attack and handle adversity and not just strive to be average. He challenged the team to set massive goals just like the same lesson his grandfather taught him in the eighth grade. Another Coach Hamilton goal is for the team to reach the NCAA tournament and become the first EKU team to win a NCAA tournament game.

Coach also challenged his basketball team to have a purpose and become servant leaders in the community. Coach is proud of the community service that the basketball team has accomplished for themselves. Coach stressed the team has become a family and really does love one another.

Next, Coach Hamilton stressed the team needs to become a player-led program and each one holds themselves accountable. Coach also challenged the team to make great choices and be consistent. In closing, Coach Hamilton mentioned meeting the 71-72 EKU Colonel basketball team recently and how they reached the NCAA tournament. Coach closed with the togetherness of 71-72 team 50 years later.

EKU travels to Georgia Monday, October 30, to play an exhibition game  in Athens at the Stegeman Coliseum to raise money for the American Red Cross to benefit Georgia’s disaster relief efforts due to the recent impact of Hurricane Idalia on parts of south Georgia. EKU opens the regular season on Tuesday, November 7, against West Virginia Tech. Go Colonels!

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