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hoopfolio # 14 - Drew Dawson

July 21, 2020 Mark Reynolds
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hoopfolio # 14 - Drew Dawson
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hoopfolio # 14 - Drew Dawson
Jul 21, 2020
Mark Reynolds

Raised in small town America, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, at 5'10, Drew managed to attract enough attention on the AAU basketball circuit to garner attention over the final 2 years of high school and landed a Division I scholarship.  Following his playing career at Lafayette College, Drew accepted a graduate assistantship role with nationally recognized D2 programme, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and eventually ended back at his alma mater, Lafayette College, as the youngest assistant coach in the country at the time under seasoned head coach, Fran O'Hanlon, and just as the Lafayette men's basketball programme was implementing full basketball scholarships for the first time.  

Following this, Drew was given the opportunity as associate coach under Dan Leibovitz (who had served under former Temple University and Hall of Fame coach, John Chaney) at the University of Hartford.  Having stayed in the narrow D1 assistant coaching lane for a number of years, Drew decided to shift to a role with the Global Sports Academy and basketball initiatives overseas before taking the head coaching position at Choate Rosemary Hall, one of the nation's top prep schools.  During this time, Drew also became heavily involved in the business side of sport, helping to co-found two different startups including Skill Development Coach (SDC), giving him a very well rounded view of sports and athletes, generally speaking, as well as college sports.  

We discuss a lot of topics related to Drew's experiences in Ireland with the Sport Dream Academy and Drew weighs in on what he thinks next steps might be for Basketball Ireland and the progress he has noticed in his numerous visits.  

There have been several episodes since Drew and I recorded our lengthy discussion and he asked that I make mention that this episode was recorded prior to the death of George Floyd, where after these events Drew has been active around the issue and asked that I note he would have taken the opportunity to discuss his thoughts on the current social unrest had it been recorded after the fact.  

A long, but very enjoyable conversation worth sticking with, and maybe breaking up into two separate listening sessions.  

Please enjoy, share and any feedback is welcome!

Show Notes

Raised in small town America, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, at 5'10, Drew managed to attract enough attention on the AAU basketball circuit to garner attention over the final 2 years of high school and landed a Division I scholarship.  Following his playing career at Lafayette College, Drew accepted a graduate assistantship role with nationally recognized D2 programme, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and eventually ended back at his alma mater, Lafayette College, as the youngest assistant coach in the country at the time under seasoned head coach, Fran O'Hanlon, and just as the Lafayette men's basketball programme was implementing full basketball scholarships for the first time.  

Following this, Drew was given the opportunity as associate coach under Dan Leibovitz (who had served under former Temple University and Hall of Fame coach, John Chaney) at the University of Hartford.  Having stayed in the narrow D1 assistant coaching lane for a number of years, Drew decided to shift to a role with the Global Sports Academy and basketball initiatives overseas before taking the head coaching position at Choate Rosemary Hall, one of the nation's top prep schools.  During this time, Drew also became heavily involved in the business side of sport, helping to co-found two different startups including Skill Development Coach (SDC), giving him a very well rounded view of sports and athletes, generally speaking, as well as college sports.  

We discuss a lot of topics related to Drew's experiences in Ireland with the Sport Dream Academy and Drew weighs in on what he thinks next steps might be for Basketball Ireland and the progress he has noticed in his numerous visits.  

There have been several episodes since Drew and I recorded our lengthy discussion and he asked that I make mention that this episode was recorded prior to the death of George Floyd, where after these events Drew has been active around the issue and asked that I note he would have taken the opportunity to discuss his thoughts on the current social unrest had it been recorded after the fact.  

A long, but very enjoyable conversation worth sticking with, and maybe breaking up into two separate listening sessions.  

Please enjoy, share and any feedback is welcome!