John Negley - Ashley Fr itz CJR 256 March 19, 2009...

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Ashley Fritz CJR 256 March 19, 2009 Personality Feature His first basketball team’s varsity starters consisted of a senior, two ninth graders, and an eighth grader. When he retired from coaching five years later the team had won three state championships, several basketball tournaments, and had placed third in nationals. It was 1999 when John Negley took over the Holland Warriors. “Home-school basketball was not good then. It was unorganized,” he begins. “Whoever showed up and gave us money they were on our team. The moms thought we should play their kids because they paid, not because they were good.” Coach Negley decided that was going to change. His high school sweetheart and now wife Carol Negley, how many schools courted him to play on their teams when their high school split into two schools. “John had the schools fighting over him.” After high school coach Negley attended Bob Jones University. “A horrible mistake,” his son Jonathon said.
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John Negley continued his passion for basketball by coaching. In 1976 he began to coach the first of his six teams. “I remember when I was little my dad would take me to his games. I was dribbling a basketball when I was five. He would play with me and my brother all the time,” Jonathon says. Coach Negley had always wanted to be family oriented.
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course CJR 256 taught by Professor Barnes during the Fall '08 term at Grand Valley State.

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