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Nov 24

Becoming part of the family – Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli

Where should I start, this week was a great week at Drew University on Tuesday the men’s basketball team won their first home game of the season against Bard College to move to two and one on the season. The women’s basketball program also had two big wins this week to move to 4-0 on the year.

All that is great for our university and our programs, but it’s the behind the scenes stuff that people don’t see that makes Drew University the best place to work. You see, when I graduated from Rutgers last year, one of the hardest things I had to leave behind was working with the men’s basketball program. When I got hired by Drew in March, I have to be honest I didn’t know if I was ready to become a college coach. When practice started a little over a month ago, I was extremely nervous, I believe the staff recognized that, and they were quick to tell me to relax. As I have written before there have been certain instances which have made me feel like not only a part of the basketball staff, but a part of the Ranger family. You may be wondering why I am writing this at this time, I’ll tell you why, as I stated earlier Tuesday was the men’s first home game. As I was sitting downstairs waiting to go in the locker room to get a game plan and to talk with the other coaches, many people came on to me and said good luck coach! As people were saying that to me I felt like I was dreaming and this experience was not real. As I headed into the locker room I started to realize that this was really happening and we had a game to prepare for. As I went up to the gym I said a wow this is it , it is time to go do what I do and get a win. As I went into the gym I saw many members of the student body ready to support us, I said to myself if there year ready to support us, I have to be ready to coach!

No one ever told me that the clock moves slower when you’re, coaching, I swear it felt like the game took five hours when really it only took about an hour and a half. I didn’t feel comfortable until their clock hit triple zeros. I had to look at final score at least five times to convince myself that we had actually won. The one moment I will always remember is after the game I went down to the locker room as I was going in someone who I don’t know stopped me and said great win coach, that was when I realized I was a part of the Ranger family.
Anthony Bonelli, Author
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