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  • Dr. Welke Takes Head Position at Harper College
    Posted: 8/25/2014
    RMG Coach Dr. Justin Welke has accepted the head coaching position at Harper College. In two short years Welke has launched his coaching career first securing the Roycemore Varsity Head position in 2013-14 and now moving up to the college ranks, taking over the helm at Harper college.

    Just has coached with RMG for the past 3 years and will continue to work with us in the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • Layer Adds Mance to Coaching Staff
    Posted: 5/29/2013
    May 6, 2013

    Liberty Head Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer has announced the addition of Omar Mance to his staff as an assistant coach. Mance joins the Flames' staff after spending three seasons as an assistant at Army under head coach Zach Spiker.

    "I am thrilled to announce that Omar Mance has agreed to join our Flames coaching staff," Layer stated.

    "He has had a distinguished playing and coaching career and brings great recruiting experience to the job. He has recruiting contacts in our natural recruiting areas and will serve as a positive role model to our players."

    Layer added, "This appointment will only strengthen an already high-quality staff. Omar and his wife Rebecca will be welcomed additions to the Liberty community."

    As an assistant at Army, Mance worked primarily with the program's guards. During his tenure, he coached the Patriot League Rookie of the Year as well as three Patriot League all-rookie team members. In addition to working with position players, Mance also served as a recruiting coordinator and was instrumental in game preparation.

    "My wife and I are excited and extremely blessed to be a part of Coach Layer's staff and the Liberty University community," Mance said. "It's an honor to work for Coach Layer and Jeff Barber, who I consider two great leaders and mentors. We've heard great things about the staff and the players. We are truly blessed to be a part of a program that is on the brink of doing something special."

    Before arriving at West Point for the 2010-11 season, Mance served as the head varsity coach for the North Shore Country Day (Ill.) boys' team. In his two seasons, Mance led the squad to its two best finishes in school history, winning 16 games and making the regional championship game in 2009. Mance guided seven players to all-league honors and placed two of his charges on the honorable mention all-state squad. He also served as the school's Dean of Multicultural Affairs during the 2009-10 school year.

    Prior to his work at Country Day, Mance was on the staff of his alma mater, Rice. He served as Director of Basketball Operations from January-May 2007 before being named an assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. Mance served as the Owls' recruiting coordinator and helped land the first Houston public school recruit to attend Rice in 40 years. In addition to his coaching and recruiting duties, Mance oversaw the Owls' academic progress. Under his watch, Rice posted a 98 percent graduation rate, the best mark in the country.

    Before entering the collegiate ranks, Mance was the athletic director at Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Ill., from 2005-07. He oversaw every aspect of each of the school's programs and also served as the head coach of the eighth grade boys' basketball squad. While working at the school, Mance also helped found the Robison-Mance Group, a company that worked with leagues, camps and teams to provide mentoring services to more than 900 youth in the Chicago area. Mance was the co-director and coach of the RMG Elite AAU team.

    In 2006 and 2008, Mance worked with Athletes in Action in Nairobi, Kenya. He toured schools, academies and orphanages while helping coach college and club teams. The trip to Africa was just one of his international experiences. Mance played on professional tours in Europe, Asia and Canada during
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  • RMG 7th Black
    RMG 7th Black

    7th Black with coach Nick

    Posted: 12/11/2012
    RMG 7th Grade Black made another strong showing this weekend, sweeping the tournament field and beating the Lakeview Lakers in the Championship game 53-40. The team went 6-0 on the weekend as part of a 10 game winning streak and has finished on top in 3 of its last 4 tournaments! Bennett Cotten was named Tournament MVP and each member of the team logged strong performances throughout the weekend.
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  • RMG 7th White Play Hard Hoops Winter Tournament
    RMG 7th White Play Hard Hoops Winter Tournament

    7th White with Coach Rashid

    Posted: 12/10/2012
    RMG 7th Grade White finished the weekend placing 2nd at the Play Hard Hoops Winter Tournament. The team went 5-1 and played their best team basketball of the season. The Championship game came down to a few key possessions, but it was a great weekend for the nonetheless.
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  • RMG 6th Black Champas at Play Hard Hoops Winter Tournament
    RMG 6th Black Champas at Play Hard Hoops Winter Tournament

    6th Black with coach Nick

    Posted: 12/10/2012
    RMG 6th Grade finished first in the Play Hard Hoops Winter Tournament this weekend finishing a perfect 5-0! The players stepped up their game against some tough competition and gave an outstanding effort in the Championship game to beat the Lakeview Lakers by an 8 point margin.
    Spencer Boehm was awarded tournament MVP averaging over 15 points and 15 rebounds per game, but each win came as a team effort with different players stepping up throughout the weekend when the team needed them most.
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  • RMG College Exposure Tour Wrap-up
    RMG College Exposure Tour Wrap-up

    Relaxing with a view

    Posted: 6/27/2012
    Wait....It's time to leave already? Time flew this past week and you know what they say about that.

    For the past two months, Rashid and I have been working on putting together a tour to help educate kids about the college experience from both a basketball and academic point of view. It was a stressful process and even with all the time spent prepping there is always the biggest looming '?' "How would it all play out?"
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  • Harvard Academy
    Harvard Academy

    Coach Amaker with Players

    Posted: 6/25/2012
    We were welcome with warm remarks from Head Coach Amaker and Assistant Brian Destafano. Destefano has Rice ties and Coach Amaker mentioned his Chicago ties as he frequents the area.

    Presently, Alex Nesbitt of University High (ISL) is returnee to the Crimson. Both North Shore Country Day School and Latin features players from the ISL (Independent School League), the same league that featured Co-Champion North Shore Country Day School and Latin (Chicago) and tour members Riley Hall, Jamie Swimmer, Austin Curren and Liam Farley.
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  • Coach 'O' and West Point Tour
    Coach 'O' and West Point Tour

    Heading to the ARMY Library

    Posted: 6/22/2012
    I think today's photos speak for themselves so I will keep it very brief.

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  • The Rivalry: Lafayette & Lehigh
    The Rivalry: Lafayette & Lehigh


    Posted: 6/21/2012
    In the past 12 months, I have joined players on about a dozen college tours. While everyone has been educational and unique in some way, it seems like every school we visit raises the ante. Today we visited two schools with perhaps the most historic rivalry in college sports Lafayette and Lehigh.
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  • RMG Tour Day 3 & 4: Players' Perspective
    RMG Tour Day 3 & 4: Players' Perspective

    Rutgers Tour

    Posted: 6/20/2012
    It was a big day and we figured it would be best to let the players submit some entries for today's blog about their experience so far this week.
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  • 2012 RMG College Exposure Tour: Day 1 & 2
    2012 RMG College Exposure Tour: Day 1 & 2

    Posted: 6/19/2012
    Day 2 of "The King's College's" camp, Columbia (the nation's oldest institute of higher learning) was filled with thrillers.

    Chris Sullivan put up 20 points in his team's (Trailblazers coached by Kyle Dudley) elimination game, During the same time, the Clippers (whose team is comprised of the remaining members of the RMG tour participants) advanced to the semi-finals of the this year's elite camp on a half court buzzer beater by Charles Taylor (no affiliation).

    Liam Farley scored a team high 21 points in the latter match. Over the course of the day, players had ups and downs as each member shone at given times and drew the attention of many spectators.

    Jamie Swimmer ran the show most of the time, with sophomore James Clarke stepping in to manage the "pick and role" and Porter Veach saw himself constantly in the paint driving and kicking to open teammates. Rising senior Austin Curren was described by one coach as "sneaky" good.

    Day two proved to be a test of one's mettle and will as the boys played 5 games in one day with few time outs and two back-to-backs. Surely, they slept well after today's events...but not long, for Day 3 comes with a 7:30 wake-up call.
  • Great Showing for RMG April 14-15
    Great Showing for RMG April 14-15

    RMG 4th Black Champions!

    Posted: 4/16/2012
    This past weekend RMG entered 7 teams in tournament play. 5 of 7 teams finished in the top 3 in their age group playing against programs from all over the state.

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  • NSCD Wins Class 1A Super Sectional!
    NSCD Wins Class 1A Super Sectional!

    NSCD Raiders celebrate Super Sectional Victory

    Posted: 3/7/2012
    For the first time in school history, North Shore Country Day wins a Sectional title and then they followed it up by winning the Super Sectional putting them 2 games away from a State Championship!

    Coach Rashid Smith and the NSCD Raiders continue there incredible run for the class 1A State Championship. Last night at the NIU Convocation Center they got one step closer by beating a scrappy Sterling-Newman team.

    While the Raiders have beaten every team by double digits so far this post season, including the favorites and previously #16th ranked Chicago Hope, last night's game was set to be a battle from the start. NSCD started the game down 12-3 on 1-14 from the field in the first quarter. It looked like things could get away from the team, when Austin Curren scored 9 of his game high 17 with three consecutive 3s in a 90 second span.

    From that point on the game stayed within 6 points, but an oustanding rebounding effort by Riley Hall (14 rebounds) and solid play in the second half from Jamie Swimmer, Jake Bruce and the rest of the squad helped North Shore prevail (41-35).

    The Final Four is set for the Carver Center in Peoria. The semi-finals against Woodlawn begin at 2pm on Friday. The game will be televised on NBC Chicago Nonstop.
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  • RMG 11u Team Makes Impression on Big Stage
    Posted: 12/17/2011

    Several RMG Players named top performers at acclaimed NY2LA Tourney.
  • Dartmouth Camp: Maximize Your Talent
    Dartmouth Camp: Maximize Your Talent

    Posted: 7/4/2011
    Coach Cromier (head coach of Dartmouth) got things going right from the start. His style: Hands On. He took the lead most of camp, demonstrating drills, orchestrating sets, and implementing the "Big Green's" philosophy. His message: Maximize Your Talent, Hard Work is a Skill, and Push Through. Coach ran camp like a college practice and demanded every player play hard. The staff at camp was comprised of primarily young coaches, coach Cromier's sons, a few current players and most noteably UCONN's former point guard Ricky Moore who played an integral role in bringing UCONN its first national title in 1999.
    This camp boasted a few players from Harvard's camp as well as new faces from up and down the east coast. There were also 10-12 D2 and D3 coaches. Emory and Boston University were also present. Liam Farley shot the ball well and played agressively. Reid Berman knocked shots down and controlled his team's tempo. Tim Morette ran the court and played tenaciously. Xavi Guitart played positions 1-4 effectively penetrating, passing and finishing from all angles. Stas Banas shot extremely well and finished in transition. Charlie Suse hustled, made some great passes to cutting big men and converted plays in an opportunistic manner. Chaz Stevenson handled the ball from up top on day one and scored from deep and with the "fade away" on day two of camp. The boys really played well and effectively and surely drew the eyes of some coaches.

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