PRATT, Kans.- The Kansas All-Star Coaching Clinic has officially been scheduled to be held on the campus of Pratt Community College on Saturday, October 5.
The clinic begins at 8:30 am, with instruction being relayed from head coaches such as Dale Faber from Friends University, R.J. Allen from Newman University, and Sean Flynn of Pratt Community College. Demonstrations will feature college players on the gym floor with topics of discussion including junk defenses, pack line defense, full court pressure defense, early offense and quick decision-making drills. Headlining the activities is Indiana Pacers scout and former Cleveland State head coach Kevin Mackey.
Mackey orchestrated the original Cinderella story patrolling the Vikings bench when in 1986 when Mackey's team upset Bob Knight's Indiana Hoosiers en route to the Sweet 16. He will speak on the "Run and Stun" defensive pressure he implemented at Cleveland State, as West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins cites Mackey's system as the sole influence for "Press Virginia".
In addition to building the first mid-major power at Cleveland State, Mackey is known as one of the premier talent evaluators in professional basketball. When Larry Bird took over as President of Basketball operations for the Pacers in 2002, Mackey was his first phone call and subsequent hire. As a member of the Pacers front office, Mackey is credited for the selections of six-time NBA All-Star Paul George, Lance Stephenson and Myles Turner. As a college coach, Mackey is also credited for discovering the towering Manute Bol, as well as NBA All-Star Michael Adams and Boston College legend John Bagley.
In 1990, days after being featured in Sports Illustrated and signing a $300K dollar extension at Cleveland State, a very public arrest cost Mackey his job. Following a stint at the Wellness and Aftercare rehab clinic in Houston, Mackey was banished to basketball's minor leagues for twelve years. While in career purgatory, Mackey sent over 100 players from obscure minor league teams to the NBA. When Bird called in 2002, Mackey was broke, between coaching jobs and working as a substitute teacher in Lorain, Ohio. He borrowed money from a local high school coach to pay for a suit and the Greyhound ticket to his interview in Indianapolis. Today, Mackey enters his 18th season with the Indiana Pacers and his 29th year sober.
Faber enters his 17th year at Friends University, where has masterminded four Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championships. Faber is also a two-time KCAC Coach of the Year.
Allen enters his third season at Newman University, and has already reset the school record for wins in a season with 20. In his first season as the head coach of the Jets, Allen was named Coach of the Year in the Heartland Conference, the first coach in the history of the conference to win the award his first year in charge.
Flynn enters his second season as head coach of the Beavers, and has scores of coaching experience including time spent as a graduate assistant at Marshall University. Before becoming the head coach at Pratt, Flynn was an assistant coach at such institutions as Trinity College, Cloud County Community College and Pratt Community College.
$40- VIP Reception with Coach Mackey
$25- Regular Admission (breakfast and coffee provided)
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