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The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Coach Karen Hall will interview Chuck Cooper, Jr. Will Discuss His Legendary Father And His Foundation.
About the Foundation
The Chuck Cooper Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to honoring the legacy of Chuck Cooper by helping further the education of our young people. The mission of The Chuck Cooper Foundation is to continue the legacy of Charles “Chuck” Cooper, the first African-American drafted into the National Basketball Association, by awarding graduate-level scholarships and by providing comprehensive leadership development, professional skills, and opportunities to underserved students.
As he approached his graduation from Duquesne in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in education, Cooper signed on with the famed touring all-black Harlem Globetrotters team. On April 25, 1950, Cooper was selected in the second round of the NBA draft by Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown. When an associate pointed out that Cooper was black, Brown answered that he didn’t care whether Cooper was “striped, plaid, or polka dot.”
The 6-foot, 5-inch, 200-lb. Cooper made his debut with the Celtics on November 1, 1950, and he went on to produce a strong rookie season. He played in 66 games, averaging 9.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and sparking a renaissance in the Celtics’ drooping fortunes. Cooper formed bonds with his teammates, including future Celtics great Bob Cousy, with whom he would sometimes go out in the evening to listen to jazz concerts. During his basketball career, in addition to playing with the Celtics, Cooper also played with the Milwaukee Hawks and the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Pistons. While with the Pistons, he played in the 1956 NBA Championship.
The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Coach Karen Hall will interview West Virginia Football Star Major Harris.
Major Harris is a former college football quarterback for West Virginia University during the 1980s. Harris was a 1989 All-American and finished fifth and third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988 and 1989, respectively
The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Coach Karen Hall will interview CT Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee Charlene M. Taylor.
Charlene Taylor played basketball at Beaver Falls (PA) High School, where she played point guard and averaged 15 points per game. In her senior year (1985), Taylor helped her team to a 25-1 record, and both the conference and state championship titles. Taylor was named the conference MVP, was a member of the “Terrific Twenty” (top twenty girl basketball players in Pennsylvania), received the high school’s “Carolyn Clark Girls’ Sports Award” and earned a scholarship to the University of New Haven.
Taylor had an astounding athletic career at the University of New Haven from 1985-1989. During that time, New Haven won four NECC titles, two Division II New England Regional Championships, and a National Championship enroute to a 102-22 record.
During her career, Taylor scored 1,853 points with an average of 17 points per game, and tallied 603 assists, 419 steals, and 458 rebounds. She was named UNH Female Athlete of the Year twice, Kodak All-District twice, and in 1987, she was named to the Division II All-Tournament Team. Taylor was a three-time All-NECC First Team selection, and a 1989 NCAA New England All Region Squad selection. In 1989, she was a Kodak All-American, ECAC Player of the Year, and NECC Player of the Year. In 1996, Taylor was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame.
Taylor’s name appears at or near the top of several categories in the Charger’s record book: #1 career assists (603), #1 career steals (419), #2 career points (1,853), #2 most steals in a sea-son (134), #3 most points in a season (557), #9 most 3-pointers in a season (35), and #2 most assists in a season (175).
The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Coach Karen Hall will interview Pitt Basketball Legend and NFL Star Sam Clancy.
Widely regarded as one of the university's all-time best athletes, Clancy's Pitt ties will be a major asset in his new capacity. Among his responsibilities will be fostering relationships with former Pitt varsity letterwinners and members of the Panther Club.
Clancy led Pitt to four winning seasons and two postseason berths, including the 1980 NIT and 1981 NCAA Tournament. His senior year the Panthers won the Eastern 8 Tournament championship. Clancy became the first Pitt player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. He remains the school's all-time leading rebounder with 1,342 career boards.
Clancy moved on to professional football as a defensive end. He played 10 NFL seasons, including stints with Seattle (1982-83), Cleveland (1985-88) and Indianapolis (1989-93). He spent the 1983 season with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League and was named the team's MVP. In 1984 he played for the USFL's Memphis Showboats.
From 2006-08, Clancy was a weight room assistant with the Pitt football team. During that time he completed his bachelor's degree in social sciences in Pitt's College of General Studies.
Sam Clancy is a former defensive end in the National Football League. He played for the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, and Indianapolis Colts.
The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Coach Karen Hall will interview UNLV star Mark Wade.
Mark Wade is a retired American professional basketball player. A 5-foot-11-inch and 160-pound point guard, Wade played college basketball at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where in 1986–87
The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Coach Karen Hall will interview Former Pitt Basketball Star Pitt Woman's Coach Pitt Assistant AD Kirk Bruce.
In his current capacity, Bruce oversees the day-to-day operations of men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's track and field, women's tennis and softball.
More recently, Bruce helped guide the softball team to two back-to-back Big East Championships, where they upset then-No. 25 South Florida in the opening round in 2006. He also had a hand in the women's tennis team making a trip to Tampa, Fla., for the conference championships, while the women's soccer team set a school record for season wins last year.
Bruce was instrumental in leading the women's track and field program to three Big East titles and four consecutive ECAC outdoor titles. Additionally, Bruce oversaw the Pitt baseball team which finished as the runner-up in the Big East in 2004.
Bruce previously served as the Panthers' head women's basketball coach for 13 years from 1985-1998. His coaching career was highlighted by the 1992-93 season in which the Panthers produced their first 20-win season (21-10) and finished third in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Bruce coached numerous Big East All-Conference players and two Kodak All-America honorable mention players in Jonna Huemrich and Lorri Johnson.
A standout starting point guard at Pittsburgh from 1971-75, Bruce was a member of the Panthers' 1974 team that finished 25-4 and advanced to the East Regional finals. He was drafted by the Utah Stars of the former American Basketball Association (ABA). When the league disbanded, he returned to Pittsburgh to begin his coaching career as an assistant for the Panthers. Bruce was later promoted to the head coaching position prior to the 1985-86 season.
The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Coach Karen Hall will interview UNLV Star Freddie Banks.
Freddie Banks, a native of Las Vegas and graduate of Valley High School, is quite simply one of the smoothest shooters ever to wear a UNLV Runnin’ Rebels uniform.
As a senior, Banks, affectionately known as “Fearless Freddie” for his clutch shooting ability, averaged 19.5 points per game and led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 1987 Final Four appearance. That season came to end with a Final Four loss to the eventual champion Indiana Hoosiers. However, Banks knocked down an NCAA Tournament record 10 three-pointers in that game.
The 1987 team finished with an overall record of 37-2. The Rebels only dropped one regular season game that year, an 89-88 loss to Oklahoma, and became the first UNLV team to finish the regular season ranked first in the country.
Banks holds the record for most three-pointers made in a season (152) and is second on the list for career threes (229). He also ranks in the top-five for UNLV career scorers (2,007 points).
Banks was selected in the second round (24th overall) of the 1987 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.
Currently a resident of Las Vegas, Banks has turned his attention to coaching. He spent six years as the assistant coach at Valley High School and later moved over to Canyon Springs High School. In 2010, with Banks serving as an assistant to head coach Daryl Branham, the Pioneers went 26-4 and advanced to the 4A State Championship game. He currently is the head coach a
The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Coach Karen Hall will interview Notre Dame Basketball Legend Dwight Clay.
With three and a half minutes left in the game, the Irish were trailing by 11 points when they began an aggressive press that caught UCLA off guard. Notre Dame won the next 12 points, spurred by the play of center John Shumate (24 points), guard Gary Brokaw (25 points) and Dwight Clay, who scored the winning two points on a jump shot from the right corner, with 29 seconds remaining. When Walton missed a 12-foot shot in the final seconds, the game was over–as was UCLA’s long streak of wins. Many in the stunned crowd of 11,343 at Notre Dame’s Athletic and Convocation Center rushed onto the court to congratulate Coach Digger Phelps and the victorious players. “This was great for college basketball,” Phelps told the press. “I’m sure everyone was rooting for us the way they used to root against the New York Yankees.” It was the second big Irish upset that season, coming just three weeks after Notre Dame’s football team beat Alabama in a thrilling Sugar Bowl to gain the No. 1 spot.
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