probably the only Division I basketball coach in America who gives out his cell
phone number to students. You might think that sounds crazy, but there’s a
reason I do it. Every year at Orientation, I finish my introduction to them by
giving them my number because I want them to be engaged on campus. We have a
truly community-oriented culture of service here on campus with our assortment
of fraternities, sororities and clubs.
representative of the University, I want to be a public servant and figure out
ways to help students get the most they can from their time here at UNF. I
encourage them to call me if they’re interested in finding ways to get involved
with these kinds of organizations. Whatever it is they want to do or whatever
interests them, I’ll do my best to point them in the right direction.
a neat experience interacting with the UNF student population in that way, and
most of the texts I get are from students looking for a little guidance. That
message of being a servant is something I impart to the guys on the basketball
team. When you look at the big picture, our job is to make sure they’re
learning to be good men when they’re learning to be good basketball players. We
push volunteer involvement by getting them in front of the Jacksonville
community through reading to younger students or passing out food at the
Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless. The best lesson we can teach is that the
greatest gift in life is the gift of giving. As we grow our athletic culture
here, I never want to lose sight of that big picture.
UNF is the
perfect place to broadcast that message. It has such a tight-knit, caring
community. It’s really not big as the 1,300 acres indicates. I like to jog
around campus all the time, and I can tell that a lot of the action is
concentrated in a few central areas like the Student Union. You can really get
the pulse of the community by reaching out to students around there and talking
to them about our amazing community. When we have a kid on campus, it’s become
really easy to recruit him. We let the campus do its thing.
the basketball program, UNF is growing and getting better every year. I’m
honored to be a part of the Osprey community.