Posted: 9:41 am Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Boys basketball: Area coaches share wisdom with summer campers 

By Jodie Wagner

More than a half-dozen boys basketball coaches from area high schools will serve as guest speakers this week at the Dream Big Sports Academy Intense Skills Basketball Camp at Palm Beach State College.

The weeklong camp for ages 6-18 is designed to help young basketball players grow and develop their athletic skills.

Seven high school coaches and one college coach will speak to the campers and offer guidance and advice.

Four of those coaches – Palm Beach Gardens’ Drew Quinn, Oxbridge Academy’s Pat Hollern, Park Vista’s Edwin James and Lake Worth Christian’s Reilly Campbell – are new to their respective schools.

Wellington’s Matt Colin, Lake Worth’s Murray Smith and Cardinal Newman’s Tavarus Harris are the veterans on the roster of high school coaches. Palm Beach State College’s Martin McCann also was scheduled to speak.

Quinn, a former boys basketball coach at Royal Palm Beach and Park Vista, shared with the campers Tuesday his keys for success in athletic competition.

“I talked to them about what it takes to succeed in sports, any sport,” he said. “You’ve got to have a little bit of talent. You’ve got to put in the effort and be appreciative of your coaches.”

Hollern, who was named Oxbridge’s new boys basketball coach in June following 12 seasons at Bishop McCort and Bishop Carroll High Schools in western Pennsylvania, discussed the importance of handling failure during his appearance on Wednesday.

“Our goal is always to stress to the kids that failure isn’t the end game,” he said. “Failure is a part of the process. You really have to rely on other people to help you get through the process sometimes.

“It’s not just about focusing on yourself,” he added. “Basketball, and life, is a ‘we’ game. You have to view it that way.”

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