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Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Nicholls State's Rickey Broussard

July 31st, 2011
Rickey Broussard led Nicholls State to 2 NCAA appearancesIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Nicholls State head coach Rickey Broussard. In 12 seasons at the Louisiana school Broussard won 150 games and two led Nicholls State to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1995 and 1998. Broussard now works for State Farm Insurance as a recruiter.

Jon Teitel: You played baseball at Louisiana-Lafayette. How good a baseball player were you back then, and how did you end up switching from baseball player to basketball coach? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Saint Mary's Tom Meschery

July 31st, 2011
Tom Meschery remains one of SMC's greatest playersIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Saint Mary's great Tom Meschery. In addition to his career at the California school Meschery went on to have an outstanding career in the NBA. Despite the Gaels' recent string of success Meschery is still considered by many to be the school's greatest player.

Jon Teitel: Some of your nicknames were the "Mad Russian" and the "Renaissance Man". How did you get those nicknames, and which one did you like the most? 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Norfolk State's Charles Christian

July 20th, 2011
Charles Christian led NSU to 7 conference titlesEarly this year CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Norfolk State head coach Charles Christian to discuss his tenure at the school. Coach Christian won seven conference titles and was named conference Coach of the Year four times. Sadly Coach Christian passed away in early April at the age of 83.

Jon Teitel: How did you get into coaching, and why did you choose Norfolk State? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: North Texas' Kenneth Lyons

July 20th, 2011
Kenneth Lyons remains UNT's greatest playerIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Kenneth Lyons, who to this day remains the greatest player in the history of North Texas basketball. Lyons remains the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, and he was a two-time All American in college.

Jon Teitel: Why did you decide to go to North Texas? 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Akron's Keith Dambrot

July 8th, 2011
Keith Dambrot has won 2 MAC Tournament titles at AkronIn the most recent installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer spent some time with current Akron head coach Keith Dambrot. During his time at his alma mater, the former Akron baseball captain has won 162 games and led the Zips to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Coach Dambrot also coached LeBron James in high school for two years, a period in which St. Vincent/ St. Mary's won 53 of 54 games.

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Alabama State's Kevin Loder

July 8th, 2011
Kevin Loder helped lead Alabama State to the 1980 NAIA title gameIn the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Alabama State great Kevin Loder. Loder, who began his collegiate career at Kentucky State, averaged 24.6 points per game in the Hornets' run to the 1980 NAIA title game. Loder now runs his own consulting firm.

Jon Teitel: At Ross Beatty (MI) HS you were a third team all-state split end, a standout baseball player, and a top-seeded tennis player. Which sport were you best at, and which 1 did you enjoy the most? 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Former Wright State coach Ralph Underhill

June 27th, 2011
Ralph Underhill won a Division II national crown at Wright State

In the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with both former Wright State head coach Ralph Underhill and his long-time assistant Jim Brown (Underhill was dealing with some medical issues at the time of the original interview). In 18 seasons at the Dayton school, Coach Underhill won 356 games, a Division II national title and led the Raiders to an appearance in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.  

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Charleston's Thaddeous Delaney

June 27th, 2011
Thaddeous Delaney (holding trophy) is one of Charleston's greatest players

In the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with College of Charleston great Thaddeous Delaney. In four years at the school Delaney blocked 203 shots (still the best in school history) while putting up scoring and rebounding numbers that still rank in the top five all-time. As a senior Delaney was one of the leaders on a team that went undefeated in the TAAC and won an NCAA Tournament game. 

Jon Teitel's "Coaching Greats" Series: Former Kennesaw St. coach Tony Ingle

June 19th, 2011
Tony Ingle led Kennesaw State to a Division II titleIn the latest installment in his "Coaching Greats" series Jon Teitel spent some time with former Kennesaw State head coach Tony Ingle, who won 178 games and a Division II national title in 11 seasons at the school. During Coach Ingle's tenure at Kennesaw State he also led the program from Division II to Division I, where the Owls are currently members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Jon Teitel: In 1971 at North Whitfield HS you were named First Team All-Tri State. How good a player were you back in the day, and how far did you think you could go as a player? 

Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends" Series: Alabama's Leon Douglas

June 19th, 2011
Leon Douglas is one of the greatest players in Alabama historyIn the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer spent some time with Alabama great Leon Douglas. After a storied career in Tuscaloosa (Douglas still ranks in the Top 5 all-time in points, rebounds and blocked shots) Douglas played in both the NBA and Europe. Douglas is currently the head basketball coach at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Jon Teitel: In 1971 you scored a career-high 57 points for Colbert County (AL) HS in a game against Muscle Shoals.