Oct. 31, 2005
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Red Storm men's basketball team, head coach Norm Roberts and Director of Athletics Chris Monasch welcomed many members of the St. John's basketball family back to campus, and Roberts played host to 90 area coaches at a clinic, as part of a busy weekend on the hardwood at Taffner Field House.
Basketball players, coaches and managers from across the generations and of course legendary mentor Lou Carnesecca were among the 51 St. John's basketball alumni to attend the annual reception on Friday, Oct. 28. The former St. John's coaches, student-athletes and staff caught the second half of the current team's practice on Friday evening, before being joined by the current coaching staff for a reception at the Faculty Lounge in Carnesecca Arena.
"I think the more alumni we can bring together from all different eras of St. John's basketball, the more the current young people in our program can benefit," said Roberts. "It helps get us in touch with the rich basketball tradition of the University, and also reminds our guys of what life after basketball can be."
The following day, Roberts and his staff welcomed 90 local area coaches at all basketball levels for a clinic at Taffner Field House. After a strength and conditioning overview by St. John's basketball strength coach Jeff Smith, some of New York's championship high school coaches took the floor.
Jim Gatto of St John's Prep discussed program philosophy, Johnny Mathis of John F. Kennedy reviewed practice drills and Jack Alesi of Xaverian talked about building an offense.
Roberts conducted individual and team drills that followed with members of the Red Storm team before holding a full-squad practice.