Coaches vs. Cancer clinic set

Posted: September 15, 2007

Sometime tomorrow, Danny Craige will be smiling down on the Germantown Academy gym. That's when the Inter-Ac school will host its third annual Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Coaches Clinic.

The event is held in Craige's memory. The former longtime Patriots boys' basketball assistant lost his bout with cancer on June 7, 2006.

"He was a great guy and the Germantown Academy community misses him. I miss him," said Jim Fenerty, the Patriots' athletic director and boys' basketball coach. "He was always about the kids. . . . So this is for him."

The camp is open to boys' and girls' coaches of all levels - youth, AAU, high school and college. Germantown Academy raised more than $1,100 for the Coaches vs. Cancer program last year

"So I would like to raise $1,101 this year," said Fenerty, who hopes to have more than 200 coaches in attendance.

Former University of Virginia men's coach Pete Gillen, Georgia Tech men's assistant John O'Connor, Abington Friends School coach Steve Chadwin and Lower Merion coach Greg Downer will be this year's guest speakers.

Gillen, who also had college coaching stints at Xavier and Providence, will discuss his defensive philosophy and fundamentals. Chadwin will go over practice drills and methods of individual improvement. O'Connor, an Archbishop Wood graduate, will concentrate on the principles of motion offense.

Downer will talk about the Lower Merion basketball philosophy. He led the Aces to Class AAAA state titles in 1996 and 2006.

"This is a tremendous cause," Fenerty said. "The whole Germantown Academy community is involved in this.

"I'm hoping that this is the last one that we will have to do. I'm hoping that somebody will find a cure for this thing soon."

Registration is $50 per coach. Walk-ups are welcomed. For more information, contact Fenerty at 215-260-4363.


Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029

or kpompey@phillynews.com.

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