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COACH’S CORNER: Former UNC Shammond Williams JOINS PHENOM + Favorite Career Memories!

Rick Lewis of Phenom Hoop Report sits down with a legend and a new member of the Phenom Family, Shammond Williams. He discusses his journey in high school, his time at North Carolina, and hearing his name called on NBA Draft night, Williams shares it all with us at Phenom Hoops. Listen to some of his great stories he has and the lessons he has learned over the years.

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COACH’S CORNER: Catawba HC Rob Perron on Transition from HS to College + Perception of DII vs DI!

Rick his the college coach landscape, now being joined by Catawba head coach Rob Perron. We dive into multiple topics including what it was like to make the transition from a high school coach to a college coach and his experience as a D2 player at St. Andrews. He also discusses his journey through several opportunities at the college level, including some great memories at Charlotte. Now, he is at Catawba and has continued to find success. What has it been like coaching there, scheduling against D1 schools, and his expectations and goals for the upcoming season.

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COACH’S CORNER: Lexington HC Elliott Pope on 1st Year Experience + What His Team Taught Him!

Check out today's segment with Lexington HC Elliott Pope of Lexington HS. Originally from the "Hoopstate", Pope found his way down to South Carolina after coaching stints at West Davidson and Mountain Island Lake Academy. Pope took over a young team this year after Lexington graduated 9 seniors following a 29-1 season. Hear about his experience playing and what got him into coaching.

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COACH’S CORNER: Lincoln Charter HC Bradley Gabriel on Most Memorable Moments + 2017 State Champ SZN!

Coach Bradley Gabriel has built something special at Lincoln Charter but he also has a tremendous story in how he got there. Coaching at South Iredell, he was able to change the entire program around and then headed to Bandy's before eventually going to Lincoln Charter. What has been his formula for success? What has been some of his favorite moments as a coach? And what was it like winning a state championship in 2017? That and much more in another great interview with Phenom Hoops.

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COACH’S CORNER: FCDS HC Doug Esleeck on His New Challenges + What His College Experience Will Bring!

We want to welcome in the new head coach of Forsyth Country Day, Doug Esleek, as he joins us on our latest episode of the Coach's Corner. He graduated from UNC and became the Director of Operations at UNCG, then a college assistant at Gardner-Webb, and then an assistant at Mercer. He talks about his time at each journey, including a few upsets he witnessed. Esleek talks about his journey to FCDS and what made the job so appealing to him. What also does he have planned for the program and what makes the program so intriguing? We discuss it all.

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COACH’S CORNER: Riverside Martin HC Bobby Williams

Rick Lewis brings you another great interview with Riverside-Martin head coach Bobby Williams, as he breaks down his journey in becoming a head coach. He certainly has paid his dues but he has such a passion for coaching. What made him get into coaching and what is the biggest impact he wants to leave on his players? He also discusses some of his talent. That and much more!

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COACH’S CORNER: QEA’s Andre Gould Speaks on New Challenge + What He’ll Bring from CHAMPS WSSP!

We talk to a legend in North Carolina, a head coach that has won six state titles as a head coach and three championships as an assistant coach. Coach Andre Gould was born and raised in New York, so he dives what it was like to move to North Carolina and his time at WSSU. He then dives into his journey up to the top, winning several titles and then eventually becoming the head coach at W-S Prep. Now he is at Quality Education and looking to showcase the talent at the program. What made him change to QEA and what is he excited about? And how does he want to be remembered as a coach? We discuss it all.

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COACH’S CORNER: Athen’s Robbie St. John on TURNAROUND & Putting out SCHOLARSHIP Players!

Rick Lewis continues his trip around the region, this time speaking with Athens Drive high school coach Robbie St. John. When did he decide that teaching and coaching was the profession for him and what lessons has he learned in his coaching career? We also discuss the remarkable turnaround he has had at Athens Drive and how he would describe his philosophies. That and much more with Phenom Hoops.

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COACH’S CORNER: Lebanon HC Ryan Potts the Hoopstate vs VA + What Lessons HIS Coaches Taught Him!

Born and raised in western North Carolina, Ryan Potts found a successful career in high school and then attended Campbell University and Appalachian State University to earn his degree. With a few years in multiple states, he has now settled in at Lebanon HS in Virginia. What prompted him to move and how tough was the move? What lessons has he learned from two outstanding high school coaches in Lloyd Church and Butch Smart? What are some of the biggest challenges he has faced playing in a small rural school? That and much more in another great interview.

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COACH’S CORNER: Dwayne Cherry Talks About His BEST Moments at CCDS + His Future Return to Coaching?!

Coach Cherry sits down with Rick Lewis, founder of Phenom Hoops, to take a stroll down memory lane, looking back the past few years. Recently resigning from Charlotte Country Day, he discusses some of the great memories he had over the years and some of his biggest achievements. We also look back on how he would describe his coaching style and if he wants to get back into high school coaching down the road.

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COACH’S CORNER: Carolina International’s Derix Bell on HS/Travel Coaching + His Program’s History!

A graduate from Winston-Salem State and also earning a master's degree from Gardner-Webb, coach Derix Bell certainly has a rich history. One that always has a great attitude and outlook on life, Coach Bell is hoping to leave a lasting impression on his players. Coach goes into what his mission statement is for the program, the history about Carolina International School, and he talks about his time as a travel ball coach and high school coach. How does he want to be remembered and what does the future look like for the program?

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COACH’S CORNER: From Indiana to the #Hoopstate! Matt Brown’s Journey w/ Basketball + Coaching!

Rick Lewis sits down for another great interview, this time with Northwood coach Matt Brown to discuss the latest topics. Phenom dives into his past, being a grad assistant at Charlotte and being an intern at Stanford. Brown has also been a high school coach in Indiana, South Carolina, and North Carolina. With his latest stop at Northwood, what are some of the biggest lessons he has learned over the years, and what fans expect next year? What has he seen throughout his journey and does he have an itch to go back to the Hoosier state? He sits down with it all!

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COACH’S CORNER: Mtn. Heritage’s Hank Newson on Playoff Runs + Playing in the Small Community!

Born and raised in PA, Coach Newson was a volunteer assistant at West Virginia and then became the AC at West Caldwell high school. He finally got a head coaching opportunity and hasn't looked back. Now at Mountain Heritage, he has made a run to the Elite 8 and Sweet 16 multiple times and has put his program on the map. What has it been like to play for a small community and what has he seen from the local fan support? What has been some of the biggest challenges he has faced and what kind of impact is he trying to make with his players? That and SO MUCH MORE!!! Listen in!

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COACH’S CORNER: POB’s Maurice Jones Gives Insight on DII Ball & Journey from Player to Coach!

Check out this Monday's edition of the Coach's Corner with Rick Lewis featuring Phillip O' Berry HC Maurice Jones. Coach Jones reflects on his playing days at Anderson University. He also gives us an insight to the misconceptions of Division II ball and how competitive it really is. Jones also gives us a timeline on his coaching journey from player to coach.

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COACH’S CORNER: South View Travis Lemanski From Michigan to the Hoopstate + His Team’s Outlook!

Moving from Michigan to North Carolina, Coach Lemanski knew that he wanted to coach sports. He got his first gig in NC at North Brunswick and then was promoted to the head coaching position, where he went 105-55. Eventually, he moved on and also become a football coach at Hoke County, How difficult was it to change sports like that and try something different for him? He also was the AC at Hoke, where he helped build a successful program. Then, he moved to South View, where he is today and has the program headed in the right direction. He has some impressive talent, including sophomore Cedavion Wimbley who averaged 20ppg. What is it like to play in a touch conference, how would he describe the state of basketball in NC, and what are some of his biggest lessons he has learned so far.

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COACH’S CORNER: Apex Friendship’s PJ Lowman on Changing the Culture + Coaching an ACC Commit!!

Rick Lewis, founder of Phenom Hoops, sits down with another coach in North Carolina in Apex Friendship Paul Lowman to discuss multiple topics. We start off with his history in becoming a coach, including 12 impressive years at Jordan Matthews where he won over 200 games. He then took over at Apex Friendship, turning around the program in just a few years. This past year, he had a chance to coach NC State commit Nick Farrar and play in the John Wall. What was that like for him and his team, and he also discusses which player had made a lasting impression on him? Make sure to check it out!

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COACH’S CORNER: Reagan HC Adam Muse Following COACHING FOOTSTEPS + the Lessons He’s Learned from Dad

Just recently named the new head coach of Reagan high school, Adam Muse is following the family footsteps. Before becoming the head coach, he graduated in 2010 from North Forsyth, and then attended App State. Once he graduated, he septa two years at Charlotte as a grad assistant under Mark Price, where he learned a lot. He then became an assistant coach for his uncle, Mike Muse at East Forsyth. Adam was put into the interim coach position and now is leading Reagan. What are the lessons he learned from his journey's and what did he learn from his father over the years? He shares some tremendous stories throughout his journey.

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COACH’S CORNER: HPC Joel Battle Talks About His FIRST LOVE + Coaching in the NC Pro-AM & More!

Rick Lewis continues his trip around the state of North Carolina with coaches, this time talking to Coach Joel Battle from High Point Central. Coach started off at Kinston but baseball was his first love and eventually played it in college at NC A&T. In 2008, he got a chance to be the assistant coach for the JV baseball and basketball teams and eventually moved to being the head coach in 2010. He also had a chance to coach the NC Pro Am, a learning experience he won't forget. In 2015, he became the head coach at High Point Central, earning Coach of the Year honors in 2017 and 2019. What did those honors mean to him and what has been his biggest enjoyment so far with coaching?

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COACH’S CORNER: Vance’s Brian Frasier on FRESHMAN DUO + College Playing Days at Catawba! (22-7)

Vance has been a powerhouse over the years, bringing in a lot of talent and the future is looking bright, as head coach Brian Frasier has this program riding high. Coach started his playing career at Catawba and became the head coach in 2015 at Vance, now coming off a season in which he finished 22-7. How would he describe a Coach Frasier team? What are some of his goals for the future with his team and a defining moment in his coaching career so far? Rick Lewis also goes rapid-fire with some questions for coach. Make sure to check it out!

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COACH’S CORNER: Page HS Evan Fancourt on CHANGING the CULTURE + Rising Duo in Ellis & Connor!

Born and raised in Greensboro, head coach Evan Fancourt has seen his coaching career start early in his career. Graduating from Lynchburg College in 2008, he had the opportunity to be an assistant coach and then become a head coach at Southern Guilford in 2014. He then became the head coach at Page and in his first season, he went 16-10, creating a fantastic foundation in rebuilding yet another program. He also talks about the play of two key returners in Jaden Ellis and Zion Connor, along with how his experience as a player helped mold him to what he is today.

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COACH’S CORNER: King’s Mountain HC Pierce on Coaching Foundation + Playing Experience from HS/NCAA!

Growing up in a small community, Coach Pierce has always had a knack for basketball. He played at Crest high school, then played at Lee's McRae. After college, he got a chance to teach and coach. He then landed at Kings Mountain, where he had consistently put the program on the map each year. He has found success over the years, advancing far into the playoffs and having several players play at the next level. What is the foundation of his coaching philosophy and who made the biggest impact on him as a basketball coach? He answers that and much more!

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COACH’S CORNER: Charlotte Catholic’s Mike King on What Lesson He Learned from Hall of Fame Coach!

Back in 1991-1995, Mike King had a chance to play for Hall of Fame coach Marc Payne, learning from one of the best around. He then was able to continue his playing career at Queens University. A few years after his playing time, he started to get into coaching, becoming the assistant head coach at Charlotte Catholic and eventually become the head coach in 2008. We dive into some of the lessons he has learned over the years, winning a state title in 2016, and some of his expectations and overall vision for the program down the road.

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COACH’S CORNER: St. Paul’s Mike Moses Talks PLAYING LINEAGE + His Team’s Outlook Next Season!

Rick Lewis is back at it again, bring everyone another fascinating Coach's Corner discussion, this time with St. Paul's Mike Moses. Sit down and enjoy the talk, as coach talks about his father's career in the NBA, his career at Eastern Michigan and Fayetteville State, his time away from basketball, and now being the head coach at St. Pauls high school. He also breaks down his team next year, as they return a ton of talent and look to make a major run for a state championship.

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COACH’S CORNER: Davidson Day’s Ron Johnson Talks on STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS + Coaching Around NC!

HC Ron Johnson has found success wherever here goes, winning four state titles at three different schools and racking up over 500 wins. We dive into his rich history... Looking at his college career at Barry University, his coaching career at the collegiate level, and his journey to North Carolina to coach Cannon, The Burlington School, and now at Davidson Day. Coach Johnson brings an unselfish style of basketball and gets his players to buy in, as he talks more about his mentality and what he can contribute to the success he has seen.

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COACH’S CORNER: Antonio Lowe on Coaching 5 STARS + Taking Over at Winston Salem Christian!

From coaching at Moravian Prep last year and winning the Phenom HoopState Championship to now being the head coach at Winston-Salem Christian, Antonio Lowe has quickly made a name for himself. He started his coaching career early, some he dives into what he learned early on, and his time at Forest Trail Academy. His most recent stop at Moravian Prep, Lowe discusses what it was like to coach the amount of talent he did and how it prepared him for where he is now. He also gives Phenom an early preview of players to watch with his program at Winston-Salem Christian.

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COACH’S CORNER: GDS Freddy Johnson on Coaching Legacy + What CHANGES HE’D MAKE to HS Hoops!!

Coaching at Greensboro Day for the last 43 years, Freddy Johnson is the winningest coach in North Carolina history, winning over 1,000+ games and still racking up the wins. In February, he was recognized with the prestigious Morgan Wootten Award. Did he ever imagine the kind of success he has had? What was it like to play in the GEICO National HS Tournament? What are some of his greatest memories he has had? And what are some of the changes he would make to today's game? This is an interview with Rick Lewis that you will not want to miss.

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COACH’S CORNER: Terry Sanford’s Karl Molnar Speaks on Past Championships + Coaching His Son Now!

Down in Fayetteville, Coach Molnar started out coaching girls basketball and won three state titles at Fayetteville Academy from 1999-2001. Now he leads his son and the Terry Sanford program on the men's side. He has had a wild ride, from playing soccer in high school and Charlotte, working as a pharmaceutical salesman, and also being a head coach. What brought him back to coaching and coaching his son now? Also, what are his goals and expectations for the upcoming season? A great interview overall.

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COACH’S CORNER: Forest Hill’s Matt Sides Talks 2018-2019 Championship Teams + NCAA Team Comparison!

What a resume Coach Sides has put together over his time at Forest Hills, winning a championship in 2018 and runner-up in 2019. With his success, we had to find out more about his secrets as a coach. He talks about his code of ethics, the daily goals he has for his team, the challenges he faces today, and what college team best resembles how his team at Forest hills plays like.

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COACH’S CORNER: HC’s George Marshall on Building a TITLE CONTENDER + Coaching D1 Athletes!

Coach George Marshall has done an excellent job since starting the basketball program at Henderson Collegiate. Starting his first season with a 13-13 record, he has now put together a championship-caliber team over the last two seasons. What made him decide to take over a program and build it from the ground up? Did he lose any confidence after his first season and what big expectations did he have for this program? What was it like to have success the last two seasons, including being named co-champs this past season? Rick Lewis discusses it all!

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COACH’S CORNER: Cannon’s Che Roth Speaks on Winning STATES & Coaching the No. 1 PG in the COUNTRY!

What a year it has been for head coach Che Roth from Cannon, now coming off an NCISAA 4A State Title this past season. Rick Lewis sits down with a good buddy of his to chat it up. Roth talks about some of the biggest challenges he has had to face, the process behind #Earnit, and cruising down memory lane of some of the ups and downs from this past season, ending with a state title in North Carolina.

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