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November 5, 2012

RealTalk Basketball Recruiting Seminar

The NJ Hoops Real Talk Recruiting Seminar set for Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Wayne, NJ has been cancelled due to the impact that Hurricane Sandy has delivered throughout the state.

Anyone who has been billed will be credited. I apologize to all and wish everyone a healthy and speedy recovery.

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RealTalk: Basketball Athletic Scholarships is a one day seminar designed to answer all the questions you have regarding obtaining a basketball scholarship without all the frills and double talk. It's a great opportunity for High school or JHS Parents along with their student-athlete children to find out the realities and myths regarding obtaining a free college education by way of an athletic scholarship. Listen to and talk with the movers and shakers in basketball recruitment and education as well as the parent of an athletic scholarship recipient to get straight forward information and get ahead of the game.

Free Admission for Student-Athletes

(when accompanied by registered parent(s) or coach)

Two complimentary isuses of NJ Hoops Newsletter with each admission!!!

If you are serious about getting a scholarship, it's time for Real Talk.

Topics Include:

Introduction of Panel

Each panelist 5-7 minutes discussing background:
Level of play/requirements
Keys to success

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A terrific panel of some of the best coaches in the state have agreed to speak to help parents understand the process. The group has combined for over 650 college wins as head coach.

THE PANELISTS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK



DAVE CALLOWAY - FORMER HEAD COACH MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY (DIVISION 1)

Calloway played and coached at Monmouth, where he began as an assistant at the age of 22 and at the time, became the youngest head coach in the NCAA D-1 level at the age of 28. As a coach, he was named the conference coach of the year in 2001, and led his teams to 3 conference titles and 3 NCAA Tournament appearances in 14 years as a head coach.

For 14 years, Mr. Calloway led the Monmouth University Division I Basketball program. His successes include three Northeast Conference championships, two regular season Northeast Conference Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances, amply demonstrating his skill in management, recruitment, leadership, team building, and talent development.
During Dave's tenure at Monmouth, he had a 100% graduation rate for all student athletes upon eligibility to participate and had three years where the team average GPA was above 3.0. His team won the Monmouth University Athletic Department Community Service Award in 2007 and he was the first coach from the NEC to win a NCAA Tournament game.

Calloway now works with Turn 2 Consulting, working with sports coaches, administrators, athletes and parents. His personal experience moving from athlete to assistant coach to head coach also gives him personal insights into the challenges many parents face as they search for the best college experience for their child.
Having been involved in the college athletics scene for 24 years, Dave understands the difficulties in the entire college selection process. "The cost of college education is on everyone's mind and I believe we can help people through that very difficult process of choosing a college or university," says Calloway. The college selection process has changed in the last twenty years. Most parents are trying to fit their child's biography into the school of their dreams. "I believe we should work with the high school student and try to find a school that fits the student's strengths, as opposed to fitting the student into a highly ranked institution."

Calloway is also Global Senior Sales Manager for 94Fifty, a state of the art basketball training aid and technology company. 94Fifty develops sophisticated but cost-effective basketball skill analysis technologies for the mass market.



COACH GERALD HOLMES - HEAD COACH BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE (DIVISION 2)

The 2012-2013 basketball season marks head coach Gerald Holmes' eleventh year guiding the Bloomfield College Men's Basketball program. His reign at the helm of the Deacons has seen him become the architect of one of the preeminent powers in the East Region, and a perennial contender for a CACC Tournament Championship. The 2008-2009 CACC Coach of the Year, Holmes has compiled a 191-113 career record during his tenure on the Bloomfield sideline.

After a regular season CACC North Division championship, Holmes led Bloomfield to its fifth CACC Tournament Championship in his ten years as head coach in 2011-2012, securing the Deacons' fourth NCAA Tournament berth in program history. For the second consecutive season, the program knocked off the East Regional Tournament's top seed and appeared in the Tournament Final, falling just short of a return trip to the Elite Eight and back-to-back East Regional championships.

A Cinderella Story - Having never reached beyond the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, the Deacons would engineer the quintessential Cinderalla Run through the East Regional Tournament during the 2010-2011 season, knocking off the top three seeds en route to the first regional title in the conference's history. The lowest seed ever to win the East Regional, the seventh-seeded Deacons earned the CACC's first berth in the Elite Eight, Division II Basketball's biggest stage, after capturing the fourth CACC Tournament crown in Holmes' tenure. The history-making campaign earned Holmes All-Met Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career.

During the 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons, Coach Holmes led the Deacons to three-straight CACC Championships and two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The first appearance in the NCAA Tournament was also the first in Bloomfield College history. During the 2004-2005 season, Holmes was honored as the All-Met Coach of the Year.

Prior to being named Head Coach, Holmes spent one season as an assistant at Bloomfield College. He came to the Bloomfield campus via New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he spent two seasons as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach. On the high school level, Holmes spent six years at Columbia High School in South Orange, NJ where he served as JV Head Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach.

A resident of West Orange, NJ, he holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Science from NJIT. In August of 2007 he was named in, "Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators" for his dedication to making a significant difference in the lives of his students.



JOSE REBIMBAS - HEAD COACH WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY (DIVISION 3)

Jose Rebimbas begins his 18th season at William Paterson in 2011-12, the architect of some of the greatest accomplishments in Pioneer basketball history.

The all-time winningest coach in Pioneer men's basketball history, he has guided the Pioneers to six New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) titles (2000-2002, 2006, 2010,2012) and eight NCAA Tournament bids (1997, 1999-2002, 2006, 2010), including spots in the 2001 national championship game, the 1999 Final Four and the 2006 Elite Eight.

Owning a 322-143 record during his 17 seasons in Wayne, and a 337-151 overall mark in 18 campaigns as a head coach, Rebimbas earned his 300th career victory with a 55-37 win against Ramapo in the NJAC Tournament semifinals on Feb. 24, 2010. He guided the Pioneers to 14 straight winning seasons (1996-97 through 2009-10), with the program producing at least 15 wins during each of those campaigns and more than 20 on six occasions.

Rebimbas' success starts with attracting quality student-athletes to the William Paterson campus. When he hits the recruiting trail, he evaluates everything about a prospect's game, and determines what role they could play in his defense-oriented system. From there, he fills in spots in his rotation with players who can shoot from long distance, excel in the low post and use their athleticism to make the Pioneers' press even more formidable.

Since his arrival, a lot of good players have become even better under Rebimbas' tutelage. Early in his William Paterson career, there were standouts such as 1,000-point scorer Gerard Wilson. When William Paterson went to the Final Four in 1999 and 2001, he had Division III National Player of the Year Horace Jenkins, who went on to play for the Detroit Pistons, in addition to all-American guard Rashaan Barner and all-region forward Ray Ortiz. He helped elevate the games of all-conference performers Khayri Battle and Brandon Constantine, and two-time all-American Luis Martinez. He also tutored second-team all-American and 2010 NJAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, Abdoulaye Ouedraogo. More recently, he has added Lance Brown to the list of all-Americans and Conference Players of the year.
In All Coach Rebimbas has had one National Player of the Year, 7 All-Americans, 14 All Regional players, 5 Conference Player of the Year, 2 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, 30 All-Conference, 13 Professional players, and1 NBA Player.
Regardless of who comes into his program, one thing is certain: they will become tougher defenders. Rebimbas puts aggressive, in-your-face, man-to-man defense above all else and will determine court time based on who plays it best. Statistically, his team led all of Division III in scoring defense in 2009-10 (53.5 ppg) while ranking third in field-goal percentage defense (.371). The Pioneers were eighth in Division III in scoring defense (59.3 ppg) and 12th in defensive field-goal percentage (.388) in 2004-05, and ranked among the nation's top 15 teams again in 2005-06 (61.3 ppg, 14th; .387, 11th), 2006-07 (58.6 ppg, fifth; .384, seventh), 2007-08 (57.8 ppg, fourth; .386, sixth), 2008-09 (57.8 ppg, second; .384, fifth) and 2010-11 (56.6 ppg, fourth).

Rebimbas started his coaching career as an assistant at Montclair State University (1991-93) and took over as interim coach in 1994, leading the Red Hawks to the NCAA Division III Tournament the year before his arrival at William Paterson. He played four years at Seton Hall University (1986-90) and was a member of the Pirate squad that played for the 1989 NCAA Division I national championship.

The organizer of the highly-successful William Paterson Boys Basketball Camp each summer at the Rec Center, Rebimbas resides in Warren with his wife, Lisa, and their two children -- son JP, and daughter Melina. He earned a B.S. in marketing from Seton Hall in 1990, and a master's from the same school in 1992 in general professional education.



COREY LOWERY - HEAD COACH ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE (JUNIOR COLLEGE)

Coach Lowery enters his second year as Head Men's Basketball Coach at Essex County College. In his first year, the Wolverines finished 19-7 overall, 15-1 in the conference, won the GSAC championship and were runner-up in the Region XIX tournament. Two players were named 1st Team All Region XIX (Neville Joseph and Davorn Bryant) and another named 2nd Team All-Conference(Jourdan Roberson). Davorn Bryant was also named Region XIX Player of the Year and 1st Team All-American. Coach Lowery also captured his 100th win in his 5th year as a Junior College head coach in the 2011-12 season.

Before coming to Essex County College, Coach Lowery was the Head Coach at Middlesex County College from 2006-2010; Assistant Coach at Bloomfield College from 2005-06; Head Coach at Hillside High School from 2001-05; and Assistant Coach at Hillside High School from 1998-2001. In his five years as a Junior College Head Coach, Lowery holds an overall record of 107-35; has a conference record of 79-14; has won 4 GSAC championships; 1 Region XIX championship; 2 Region XIX runner-up finishes; and 1 National Championship Tournament run. Coach Lowery's Middlesex College teams were ranked as high as #1 in the nation in 2008 and his 2012 Essex College Wolverines were ranked as high as 14th in the nation. Coach Lowery's overall high school record is 77-26.
Coach Lowery attended Rutgers-Newark University and was a combo guard for the Scarlet Raiders Men's basketball team. He graduated in 1998 with a BA in Sociology. After graduating from Rutgers, he continued his education at Saint Peters College and earned his MA in Educational Administration and Supervision. Currently, Coach Lowery serves as Principal of Franklin Elementary School in Union, NJ.
Coach Lowery is married to Kimberly Lowery and has two beautiful daughters Cameran Lowery (7) and Caylin Lowery (6). Coach Lowery strongly believes "Success comes to those who have faith and the ability to attain the necessary resources to execute a well thought out plan." He also states, "Goals without a plan are simply a wish."
Coach Lowery's Career Highlights

Essex College GSAC Champs 2012; Region XIX runner up 2012
Middlesex College GSAC Champs 07', 08', 09'; Region XIX Champs 08'; Region XIX runner up 07'
Bloomfield College CACC Regular Season/ Conf. Champs 06'; NCAA Div II Tournament 06'
Hillside High School MVC Champs 04', 05'; Group II Section II State Runner-up 03', 05'



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