South Charlotte

Second annual clinic for coaches Oct. 1

Providence Day will host its second annual basketball coach's clinic Oct. 1 at the school's Mosack Center.

The one-day event runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and features some of the area's best coaches.

Chargers boys' head coach Brian Field and girls' head coach Josh Springer said they got the idea for the clinic when budget cuts limited their ability to travel. Since there were few other clinics in the Charlotte area, the two decided to start their own.

"We wanted to organize a local clinic that would be cheaper than what other clinics charge yet feature some of the top coaches in the region," Field said. "We also wanted to open it up to coaches at all levels: college, high school, middle school, AAU, youth league for both boys and girls."

Last year, more than 20 middle school, high school and AAU coaches attended. Speakers included Jay Bilas, Paul Silas and N.C. State women's coach Kelli Harper.

"We have another great lineup of speakers for this year and we are looking to grow it even bigger," Field said. "Our hope is to exceed last year's attendance. We would like to grow this into the largest clinic in the region. We had incredibly positive feedback after last year's clinic, from both the coaches that attended and the vendors."

This year, the speaking lineup will be headlined by Bobcats assistant Stephen Silas, UNC women's coach and hall of fame member Sylvia Hatchell and UNC Charlotte coach Alan Major.

Other speakers will be Virginia Military Institute's Duggar Baucam, Wake Forest's women's coach Mike Peterson, College of Charleston's associate head coach Mike Byington and Accelerate Basketball Academy's Brandon Payne and Blake Boehringer.

Coaches will speak on their topic for 50 minutes to an hour each.

The event is open to all local coaches. Registration is under way and will be open through Sept. 27. The clinic costs $50 for registered coaches and $40 for each additional coach from the same staff. The cost rises to $60 and $50 per additional staff member the day of the event.

"I usually learn new ways to explain an idea that we are already doing in practice. It might be a new phrase or way of showing something on the floor that helps me to communicate an idea better to my players," Field said.

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