Interview As A Basketball Coach

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I interviewed Coach John Hegwood, because he was the reason that I kept playing the sport of basketball. I also wanted to dig deeper as to why he chose to go to the NBA instead of pursing the chance he was given to play in the MLB. John Hegwood was my former AAU basketball coach and one of the greatest mentors in my city. A former recipient for Calgary’s 2009 Citizen of the Year Award. An award given to someone who has spent countless amounts of hours giving back to the community. Aside from being a mentor he’s one of the greatest AAU basketball coaches on Canada’s west coast. John Hegwood was born in Gary, Indiana which is also the hometown of the famous Jackson family. John Hegwood was my basketball coach from the 9th grade to the 12th grade. …show more content…
We talked about how life was, how his club program was doing just basically all the little things. I touched base with why he had chosen to go the basketball route instead of the baseball route. Sports that he excelled in and had opportunities of getting paid for at a professional level. I even went deeper than that and asked how it was growing up in the infamous city of Gary, Indiana. I could sense that he was alright with every single question that I asked. With him being a basketball coach his answers were very clear and specific. There was never a time where he got caught up in his emotions or let them get the best of him. The tone in his voice was very consistent throughout the entire interview. It was a great experience really getting to know the man that’s helped me become who I am …show more content…
With a lot of thought and careful study he chose to attend the University of San Francisco which was the number one school in the nation at the time. During his four years there he was a first team West Coast Athletic Conference player and was named an All American where he also played alongside Bill Cartwright of the NBAs Chicago Bulls. One of his greatest experiences was when he played in the March Madness Tournament something that was so unreal and such a blessing.” Once you reach that tournament, your work habits and everything you do changes”. Upon leaving University he was drafted by both the Toronto Blue Jays and the San Diego clippers of the NBA now known as the LA Clippers. “It was an easy choice, basketball became my love”. With only a few years under his belt and the words of his agent he later left to play basketball in Argentina a stop that he thought would be brief but ended up lasting 8 years. “It was fun but Argentina just wasn’t for me”. Followed by a brief stint in the WBL where he played for the Calgary 88s. After a devastating knee injury he started thinking about life outside of basketball. He met his wife in Calgary and felt that it would be a great city to settle down in and raise a family. At the age of 33 he retired from the sport of basketball but he loved it so much that he decided to

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