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As a player and coach, I have been involved with college basketball for nearly 27 years. I have been fortunate to win at the highest level and have learned from some of the best coaches in the business, both of which have a major influence on my coaching philosophy.

When I go out and recruit a player to be an integral part of my program he must have a burning desire to accomplish four things. Number one, he must have a burning desire to graduate with a degree because education is important to be successful in life. Number two, he must have a burning desire to win, and I am talking about conference championships and dreaming of winning a national championship. Number three, he must have a burning desire to improve as a player and a person. I take great pride in working to develop my players on and off the court. Number four, he must have a burning desire to want to play in the NBA. I want players who are willing to work hard and commit to chasing their dreams. If he doesn't have those four things, then I am not the right coach for that individual.

As a coach my motto is: 40 HARD. That means during the course of the game, we are committed to playing as hard as we can for as long as we can because every possession has an impact on the outcome of the game. I am committed to full-court pressure defense to dictate the pace of the game and a fast-break up-tempo style of offense to take advantage of our athleticism and mismatches as we attack on the offensive end. To be effective with this style of play, I look for athletes who are committed to outwork the opponent and who want to improve all facets of their game as well as develop their basketball IQ.

Here at GW, we have been one of the dominant teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference over the past few years. Winning back-to-back A-10 Conference regular-season championships (2004-05 & 2005-06), going 16-0 in league play during the 2006 season, winning two A-10 Conference tournament championships (2005 & 2007), and making three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. This success is a direct result of players buying into our system and working every day to be their best on and off the court. Moreover, young men making the commitment to pursue their dreams through a disciplined approach based upon integrity, character and the drive to out-work the opponent. We have been fortunate to have a few players drafted by the NBA and a few who have made NBA rosters in Pops Mensah-Bonsu with the Dallas Mavericks and Mike Hall with the Washington Wizards.

From an educational perspective, we have been fortunate to have every player that we recruited to play for GW who has been here for four years, graduate with a degree with the exception of one player who is currently working toward completing his degree requirements. This speaks to the quality of the young men who have entered our program and the drive and commitment they've displayed toward fulfilling their educational dreams.

From a basketball perspective, my goal is to have a player drafted into the NBA every year with an opportunity to fulfill their dream. I am proud of the program we have developed here at GW and I am extremely optimistic about our future.