New Providence High School
I was blessed to attend an outstanding high school in New Providence, New Jersey where I
was mentored by some truly outstanding coaches who continue to be my role models to this day.
My high school football coach, Frank Bottone, and my quarterback coach, Donald Carpenter, are still two of my biggest supporters. Coach Carpenter
instilled a great work ethic in me and was
instrumental in teaching me the skills and
working with me to achieve my dream of
attending the University of Notre Dame.
Coach Paul Miller, my high school baseball
and basketball coach, always made the game
fun for me and challenged me to be the
best I could be. These were truly "giants among
men," legendary Hall of Fame coaches in their own right, who had more impact as "life-changers" to the thousands of youngsters who called them "Coach.”
University of Notre Dame
Playing football and basketball at the University of Notre Dame was an experience that shaped me as an athlete and as a coach. I was a three year letterman in football and played on the 1973 National Championship Football Team under the tutelage of the legendary Coach Ara Parseghian. I played two years of basketball at Notre Dame, helping Coach Digger Phelps launch his outstanding program. Having the opporutnity to learn from two great coaches, Ara Parseghian and Digger Phelps, was an opportunity that I cherished then and now.
Coach Parseghian is one of the finest men I have ever known. He is still in my life today and I have based my basketball programs on the winning blueprint he created in coaching Notre Dame Football to
the the top of the Collegiate Football World.
Coach Parseghian continues to inspire and teach through his continued interaction with the University and his players and through his charitable foundation work for the Ara Parseghian Medical Foundation.