Nov. 23, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. - Ohio Men's Basketball Head Coach John Groce and Assistant Coach Ramon Williams are taking part in the Second Annual ‘Shots from the Heart’ tournament, presented by CollegeInsider.com. The event will benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. The former Wake Forest head coach passed away on July 26, 2007 of a heart attack.
Groce will be competing against John Beilein (Michigan) Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), Matt Doherty (SMU), Steve Donahue (Boston College), Travis Ford (Oklahoma State), Mark Gottfried (NC State), Anthony Grant (Alabama), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State), Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss), Jim Larranaga (Miami), Jeff Lebo (East Carolina), Chris Mack (Xavier), Sean Miller (Arizona), Josh Pastner (Memphis), Buzz Peterson (UNC-Wilmington), Dave Rice (UNLV), Mike Rice (Rutgers), Bill Self (Kansas), Brad Stevens (Butler) and Bruce Weber (Illinois) in the free-throw shooting contest to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease.
Coaches will not have to actually compete against each other on the same court. Each coach will shoot 25 free throws at his convenience. A member of the athletic department will tally the results and the coach with the most makes would advance. Shots 1-10 are worth 1 point, 11-15 are worth 2 points, 16-20 are worth 3 points, 21-24 are worth 4 points and shot 25 is worth 5 points.
“The idea was to create awareness for heart disease through competition,” says CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento. “We wanted to create something that coaches could have fun with. The fun but competitive nature of this event is something that I am sure coach Prosser would have enjoyed.” The American Heart Association is also part of the event and is one of the beneficiaries of the Skip Prosser Foundation, which was established in 2011.
Skip Prosser spent 21 years as collegiate head coach at Loyola (MD), Xavier and Wake Forest. He made 18 postseason appearances and is the only coach in NCAA history to take three separate schools to the NCAA Tournament in his first year coaching the teams. In 2008 CollegeInsider.com created the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, which is given annually to the coach who not only achieves success on the basketball court but who also displays moral integrity off the court as well.
Fans can follow the season-long event at www.collegeinsider.com/shots