Former Cornell standout Wittman reunites with former head coach as Boston College assistant

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 13, 2014 at 4:33 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 When Steve Donahue talks to his Boston College players during practice, it gives Ryan Wittman flashbacks.Whether it be about an offensive play or words of encouragement, it brings Wittman back to his days as a player on a star-studded, senior-laden Cornell team that won three straight Ivy League Championships under the now-BC head coach.Wittman, a graduate manager for the Eagles, is on the bottom rung of a long coaching ladder. At the top sits Donahue, his former coach and mentor.“It shows the person that he is and coach that he is,” Wittman said. “It’s not always all about basketball with him, it’s about helping people grow. And now, I don’t really think our relationship has changed all that much. We were always really open with each other.”After playing for Donahue at Cornell, Wittman had trouble at the next level. After stepping away from the game as a player, Wittman was offered a spot by Donahue on his coaching staff with Boston College (5-11, 1-2 Atlantic Coast), and has taken on an important role with the Eagles in his first season with the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He mentioned that they had this spot open,” Wittman said. “He said I’d be a great fit. It was a no-brainer for me.”At Cornell, Wittman averaged 16.8 points per game through his four-year career, is the leading scorer all-time in the Ivy League and the only player in program history to surpass 2,000 points. He was also the face of a 2009-10 team that went to the Sweet 16.But when he graduated, his post-college basketball career never took off. He decided to officially pack it in this past summer, taking a job with a real estate company.That’s when Donahue reached out to him about the open spot, a job that would allow him to study for his master of business administration and get coaching experience.The two hadn’t competed together since the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The last time they were on the same court, Cornell lost to No. 1-seeded Kentucky 62-45 at the Carrier Dome.Donahue said that team was able to achieve such a feat because of the intelligence and experience of the personnel on that team. The Big Red had eight seniors, and they’d been Ivy Champions the two seasons prior.“All of those kids have great basketball minds,” Donahue said of the 2010 team. “It’s one of the reasons we were really good.”Wittman has gone from top option on the floor to the end of the bench at BC. He’s not a player anymore, which he said is hard, but has accepted a different type of role.Now, he’s the guy grabbing rebounds for shooters during practice, offering pep talks to younger players and giving Donahue postgame reports.“Because it’s someone young enough who has just done it, he can be helpful,” Donahue said.Donahue sometimes asks Wittman for his thoughts on the game, and every time, he said, Wittman is spot on. The head coach recently implemented a more analytical approach to his postgame evaluations, and put Wittman — whose father Randy is the head coach of the Washington Wizards — in charge of that process.Wittman said he still doesn’t know if he wants to be a head coach after this two-year stint, but he’s thankful for the opportunity. He’s one of three players on that Sweet 16 team who has entered the coaching realm.Louis Dale, a point guard with Wittman at Cornell, now works with the BC women’s basketball team. Jon Jacques, a senior captain on that team, is now a full-time assistant with the Big Red.“We definitely all enjoyed the game and enjoyed it at a probably more cerebral level than teams typically do,” Jacques said. “It’s no surprise that a few of us have gotten the itch to get in this business.”At Boston College, it’s Wittman and Donahue, continuing a relationship they both say has hardly changed.Donahue said he believes Wittman is an invaluable asset to his team. Though they’re colleagues, Wittman still considers Donahue a mentor.Wittman was never just a player and Donahue was never just a coach. That’s the reason they’ve had success together.“It’s been very enjoyable for me, because obviously four years of coaching was fun,” Donahue said. “It’s been a really enjoyable experience to be coaching someone for four years to have this opportunity.” Commentslast_img read more

Australian broadcaster Seven and St Georges Bank partner ahead of ScreenPlay launch

first_imgAustralian broadcaster Seven has secured a foundation partner in St George Bank for its esports platform ScreenPlay, which will launch on June 29th. Seven’s ScreenPlay will run gaming content across several digital and social media channels, including a weekly magazine style show on it’s “7 mate channel”. Former Good Game hosts Stephanie Bendixsen and Nich Richardson will cover news, reviews, live streams, game plays, interviews and cosplay for the esports platform.The partnership is designed to enable the next stage of a long-term strategic rollout for the multichannel platform, said Seven West Media chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette to RapidTVNews “ScreenPlay is already creating an authentic connection direct to the eSport and gaming community in a way never seen before in this country.”The platform will be available online at, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Twitch.“Esports audiences are not your typical linear TV consumers, and brands who want to reach them are utilising incremental budgets to go and find them because they are attractive young adults,” Seven Chief Digital Officer Clive Dickens told AdNews.“We’re really excited to partner with Seven and support a growing industry that Aussie families enjoy,” says Ross Miller, general manager for retail banking, St George told RapidTVNews. “St George has a long history of supporting community sports and esports is no different. We’re proud to be the first bank in Australia to back esports and help take it to the next level.”Esports Insider says: There’s more and more television/different content coming out around esports. It’s good to see Seven get a partner for the new venture, and hopefully the content is of good quality and the new platform is well received.last_img read more

Why Your Truth Is Different

first_imgThe circumstances of your birth are something far more than simply challenging. Not only were you not born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you were born without a spoon. The circumstances of your birth are holding you back; that’s what is keeping you from succeeding.But if this is true for you, why isn’t it true everyone whose circumstances of birth were very much like your own?You didn’t get a good education. You didn’t do all that well in high school. You spent two semesters at the community college before you ran out of money. The only way you can succeed is to have a college degree, and you don’t have one. Therefore, you cannot succeed.If this is true for you, why is it not universally true? Why are there so many exceptions?The one thing holding you back is your manager. If it wasn’t for your boss and how difficult he makes your job, you’d be succeeding wildly. He is what’s holding you back. He is a governor of your success.Why, then, are other people in your role succeeding when they share the same manager? Why is what is true for you not true for them?No one can succeed in this economic environment. The conditions are too tough. There are too many government regulations. There is too much competition. Your prospective customers are unreasonable, and no one can please them.This is true for you. Why is it untrue for others? Why are they succeeding in the very same economic environment you believe to be impossible?You could never write your novel, record your songs, or paint the pictures you see in your mind’s eye. There is no way you could start your own business or side hustle right now, with work and kids and other responsibilities. You don’t have the time.How is it that other people are able to do these things with all of the same responsibilities that you have or more? Why is it what’s true for you not also true for them?What you believe to be true for you is only true for you because you believe it to be so. As soon as you believe that something new is true for you, what you used to believe will no longer be true. Well, it won’t be true for you anyway. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

18 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belong

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belongby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says he made the right decision staying with Chelsea.The 18-year-old penned a five-year contract recently after previously trying to force through a move to Bayern Munich.”The club have done so much for me and I’m so thankful for that,” he told BBC Sport.”The decision that I made was a very good one for me and my family. We all thought that it was the right club to be at.”I’ve been here all my life, so there’s no need to change yet. My mum and dad are happy where they are and I’m happy where I am.” last_img

MOL Orders New Coal Carrier from Imabari

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has placed an order for a 140,400 dwt coal carrier at its compatriot shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding.The company said that the new vessel, which will be 274 meters long and 47 meters wide, would have environmental and safety features.MOL did not disclose the price agreed under the shipbuilding contract.The move comes after the company signed a long-term shipping agreement with Japan’s Sikoku Electric Power.Scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2020, the new coal carrier would replace the 2000-built bulker Tachibana, which is currently shipping coal cargoes for Sikoku Electric Power.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Extreme avalanche risk in Alberta BC leads to warnings from Parks Canada

first_imgBANFF, Alta. — Heavy snowfall, warm temperatures and high winds have led to an extreme avalanche risk in Banff, Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper national parks.The daily avalanche bulletin for the mountain parks in Alberta and B.C. says they have received between 25 and 45 centimetres of snow in the past few days and it’s overloading a weak layer from mid-December.Officials say the danger rating forecast for today is extreme, which means people should avoid all avalanche terrain because natural and human-triggered avalanches are certain.Another 25 to 70 centimetres of snow is expected across the region before the storm ends tonight.They say it’s creating the “perfect recipe for large avalanches stepping down into our persistent weak layers.”Officials say the danger rating will continue to stay high which means travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.They remind visitors who travel into the backcountry that they are responsible for their own safety.Avalanche Canada says heavy snow has also created a high possibility of slides on south coast and Vancouver Island mountains, as well as through most of east-central and southeastern B.C., meaning very dangerous avalanche conditions exist throughout Alberta and B.C.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Religious nonreligious organizations may have similar impact on ability of immigrants to

first_imgMichael Emerson headshot (Credit: Rice University): on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 Elaine Howard Ecklund headshot (Credit: Rice University): Emerson bio: AddThiscenter_img ShareDavid [email protected] [email protected], nonreligious organizations may have similar impact on ability of immigrants to acclimate to life in USHOUSTON – (April 8, 2013) – Religious and nonreligious organizations may have a similar impact on the ability of immigrants to acclimate to life in the U.S., despite the organizations’ different motivations for providing charitable services, according to new research from Rice University.“There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether religious organizations offer some special or unique benefit to immigrant groups that will help them better adapt to American society,” said the study’s lead author, Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program. “We wanted to see at the organizational level whether there was any practical difference between these two groups.”The study examined the behavior of two Mexican-American organizations, one religious and one nonreligious. The two groups identified different motivations for providing job placement, language and financial services to immigrants: The religious organization said  its religious convictions necessitated service to the local community, whereas the nonreligious organization cited its commitment to at-risk groups. However, the study showed that there was was little difference in the impact of the two organizations – both sought to provide outreach and services to their respective communities.The study’s co-author, Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and Kinder Institute co-director, noted that although there is little difference between the organizations at the present time, that may change in the future.“There may be significant changes as these organizations deal with second- and third-generation Mexican-Americans,” Emerson said. “These individuals might have different concerns, so the mission and services provided by these organizations very well may change.”Ecklund said that given the significant impact of Latin Americans in the U.S. and within the Catholic Church, Latinos are an excellent case for assessing the connection between religion and civic engagement for new U.S. immigrants.“The Latino population of the U.S. has grown at a substantial rate, and census data projects that Latinos will comprise 30 percent of the U.S. population by the year 2050,” Ecklund said. “And Latin Americans are changing the face of the Catholic Church: For the first time ever, the church has a pope from this region. And the impact of Latin Americans – especially Mexican-Americans – on the Catholic Church is more profound than that of any other ethnic group on a religious organization in the U.S.”“Such a large and growing population group has the potential to dramatically impact American religious and civic life in the near future,” Emerson said. “It really behooves us to know more about how Mexican-Americans operate within these organizations.”The study involved two organizations – a Mexican Catholic church and a nonreligious Mexican ethnic organization located in a large city in the southwestern United States. Both organizations had a similar location and resources and provided various services to immigrants, including job placement, language classes and assistance with navigating fiscal issues and the Internal Revenue Service. Data on both organizations was collected through personal interviews with members and leaders involved in each organization (a total of 16) and a year of participant observation in each organization.The interviews varied in length from 20 minutes to almost two hours and included questions about the organization’s vision and mission, messaging, social and racial makeup and organizational challenges. The participant observations in the religious organization included religious services, the Spanish young adult group and the job assistance program, among other events. Observations in the ethnic organization included events such as adult literacy classes, a tour of the facilities and a young-adult conference hosted by the organization.The article, “Motivating Civic Engagement: In-Group Versus Out-Group Service Orientations Among Mexican-Americans in Religious and Nonreligious Organizations,” was co-authored by Rice alumni Celina Davis and Samuel Kye, who is a graduate student at Indiana University, and Esther Chan, a postbaccalaureate fellow in sociology at Rice.The study was funded by a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation and will appear in an upcoming edition of Sociology of Religion. It is available online at more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or [email protected] news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Rice University Department of Sociology: Howard Ecklund bio: read more