Wednesday, September 15, 2010

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Further down below, some news and notes for Wednesday. Above and below, photos of Cornell's assistant coaches-Marlon Sears, Jay Larranaga and Ricky Yahn from their coaching and playing background.

Marlon Sears has nine years of Division I assistant coaching experience at Binghamton, Wagner, High Point and most recently, fellow Ivy League school Columbia. Sears played Division I at Western Illinois University, where he was a starter for the Leathernecks. Following graduation, Sears played three professional seasons overseas competing one season in the Spain LEB 1 League before prospering two more seasons in the Pro B League in France.

Jay Larranaga is the former head coach of the Irish Senior National basketball team after a long playing career overseas, including a stint as a player and captain for the Irish national team. He played collegiate Division I at Bowling Green University in the MAC and then had an 11-year career playing overseas in Italy, Greece, France and Spain. He was a three-time Academic All-MAC pick. During his career overseas, Larranaga helped teams to the Spanish National championship (2005 with FC Real Madrid Baloncesto) and the Italian National Cup (2006 with SS Basket Napoli).

Ricky Yann played collegiately at Wheeling Jesuit University and then played professionally in England. Last season he was a member of the coaching staff at George Mason.

Today's news and notes...

Louis Dale (Cornell '10) is interviewed following his 18 point performance last night for Gottingen in Bundesliga (Germany) exhibition action.
  • ranks Boston College No. 108 and notes, "BC went after Coach Steve Donahue who previously took Cornell to three consecutive NCAA appearances."
  • is ranking the 263 Mid Major basketball programs based on their performances during the last six years. Each day is counting down the teams cracking the top 100. Notable teams ranked thus far include, IUPUI (100), Valparaiso (97), Boston U. (94), Hawaii (92), Rider (90), College of Charleston (89), Houston (88), Portland (78), Louisiana Tech (75), Wofford (74), Oakland (68), Charlotte (65), Robert Morris (64), Holy Cross (63), Cleveland State (62), American (59), Penn (58), Richmond (55), Buffalo (50).
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian updates the whereabouts of some Ivy Leaguers playing professionally overseas and notes, "Italian icebreaker. Though he led Cornell to an improbable NCAA tournament run, Ryan Wittman was unable to attain an elusive NBA contract this summer. The 2009-10 Ivy League Player of the Year signed with Flugor Libertas Forli, also in Italy. In his debut this weekend, Wittman scored just 14 points over two games — a far cry from the 17.5 points per game he racked up in his last season with the Big Red. Wittman is one of four recent Cornell graduates to play professionally in Europe. Classmates Jon Jaques and Jeff Foote are both playing in Israeli basketball’s highest division, while former Big Red guard Louis Dale signed with German team BG Gottingen."
  • Bart Lopez of the Columbia Spectator writes on the importance of senior leadership on athletic teams and notes, "The obvious advantage of having a group of seniors is that they know how to play together, which leads to a successful team that year. Just look at last year’s Cornell men’s basketball team as an example. They had a solid core of seniors that played very well together."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Has Jaques played at all yet?