NAIA Hoops Report Introduction
Welcome to the NAIA Hoops Report Blog, your resource for ALL things for NAIA men’s basketball. I have a huge passion for small college athletics, and in particular for NAIA men’s basketball. While I spent 14 years as a player or coach over various levels of college basketball, I always had a strong passion for NAIA. After having several chats with a few of my coaching buddies, they have encouraged me to start this blog, and to share my research and passion with everyone. By no means is this page a platform for me to prove I know more than everyone else, or for me to act like I know everything there is about NAIA men’s basketball. I am just hoping that this site can help kids, parents, and fans realize how good the basketball is played at this level. When I got out of coaching my love for this level of college hoops didn’t go away, and now I am blessed enough to be in a position where I get to watch games all over the country. I am also weird, and find enjoyment in researching leagues, teams, and players, and so this blog site will just be me sharing some of the information and breakdowns with everyone else in hopes that it will help to create some POSITIVE conversation. Fair warning that I am located in the Central part of the United States, so I will try my best to not be regionally biased. Also, I will do my best to make sure I don’t have a ton of errors in my posts, but I am not an English major, so I can’t promise it will be perfect! As I wrap up my first blog post, I will leave you with this, I look forward to the positive interactions and I hope we can all discuss/interact with one another in a way that brings good attention to the great coaches, players, leagues, and institutions of NAIA men’s basketball.
Additional Team Members
Jake Pommerer – Jake will be covering the North Star Athletic Conference for the site. He has a good feel for the conference, and attends games several times per week. While he is currently finishing up his masters degree from Northern State University, Jake spent his undergrad at Valley City State (ND), where he wwas a student assistant for three seasons. Jake was part of the team that won the regular season conference championship in 2015-16 and advanced to the second round of the NAIA DII National Tournament. He also spent time interning in the Sports Information office during his years at Valley City State. Jake spent two years assisting the NSAA conference rater with Top 25 polls. He has great passion for NAIA basketball, and is a great asset to the site.
Tad Dorsey – Tad is a guy who helped out in the NAIA Sports Information world during college, and fell in love with NAIA basketball. Some of you may know him from his NAIA DII Men’s Basketball Brackets on Twitter (@TadDorsey1). He also knows the Great Plains Athletic Conference really well, and is going to be a contributor on our GPAC Weekly Reviews.
Harry Cummins – Harry will have his articles posted from time to time, and we are glad to have him on board. Harry is a former magazine editor, free-lance writer, and ‘stringer’ for the international news service (UPI). He has profiled many athletes from far-ranging sports like boxing ( World Champion Archie Moore).. to figure skating (Olympic Gold Medalist John Curry).. to former NY Knick and Presidential Candidate Bill Bradley. Harry’s recent profile of Zach Richardson of tiny Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, is reflective of his interest in stories buried behind the box scores. craw’s corner: THE SON ALSO RISES . He also keeps a close eye on the Cascade Collegiate Conference out West.