In the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Dan Mariaschin, cousin of late Harvard great Saul Mariaschin. After beginning his career at Syracuse Mariaschin served in the Navy during World War II, enrolling at Harvard upon his return. Mariaschin would play a year in the BAA (now the NBA) for the Boston Celtics.
Jon Teitel: Saul started his career as a guard at Syracuse but joined the Navy after his freshman year. Why did he decide to enlist?
In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Don Corbett, one of the greatest coaches in North Carolina A&T history. Corbett won 254 games at the school and led the Aggies to seven NCAA tournament appearances.
Jon Teitel: You led North Carolina A&T to seven straight MEAC tournament titles from 1982-1988 (tied with Kentucky for most consecutive tournament titles in NCAA history). How were you able to remain so consistent over such a long stretch of time?
In the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Savannah State great Johnny Mathis, who was a two-time all-conference selection during his time at the school. Mathis would go on to play professionally in the ABA, Eastern League and in Spain, and is currently a highly successful high school coach at John F. Kennedy High in the Bronx.
Jon Teitel: You share a same name with the famous singer. Have you found that to be a good thing or a bad thing during your life?
In the latest installment of his "Coaching Greats" series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Jay Spoonhour, the son of the late Charlie Spoonhour. Spoonhour is widely regarded as the greatest coach in the history of Missouri State basketball, where he led the Bears to four conference titles and five NCAA tournament appearances. Spoonhour moved on to Saint Louis and UNLV, and he was an outstanding coach at the junior college level as well. Spoonhour passed away on February 1st at the age of 72.
In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel caught up with current University at Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon, who has won 174 games in more than a decade at his hometown school. Witherspoon also played two season at Erie Community College under current Michigan head coach John Beilein, and this season's UB squad features one of the best players in the MAC in forward Javon McCrea.
In the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Iona great Jeff Ruland, who remains to this day one of the school's greatest players. Ruland still ranks in the Top 5 all-time in points, rebounds and field goal percentage, and he's now the head coach at the University of the District of Columbia.
Jon Teitel: You were nicknamed "McNasty". Who gave you the nickname, and how did you like it?
Jon Teitel: After three years as an assistant at Iona you replaced your mentor Jim Valvano as head coach at age 28.
In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with current Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter. In his seventh season at the school, Jeter has led the Panthers to a pair of Horizon League titles and an NCAA Tournament in 2005. The Panthers are currently 9-4 on the season with a 2-0 record in conference play.