Former NBA Player Joins Coaching Staff
Former NBA player and Syracuse University standout Arinze Onuaku has joined the Holton Varsity Basketball team as Assistant Coach.
Onuaku spent years in the NBA and other professional leagues after a successful career at Syracuse. A Maryland native, he attended Episcopal High School, earning the school’s William Caskie Watts MVP Award in the 2004-05 season.
He brings that wealth of knowledge to a team eager to win after COVID-19 postponed the 2020-21 season. They’re already off to a 7-2 start, including a clinching win in the preseason tournament at Glen Arm Sports.
"It's been fun, it's been great,” Onuaku said. “It's good to see that the girls are picking up the concepts and the things that we want them to do. I know that going into the season, they didn't know what to expect, and that’s been the biggest joy that us coaches get out of it. The fact that they put the concepts, plays, schemes that we teach them together – they break it down in practice and then use it in the games.”
"His biggest asset is his ability to connect with the kids. He has a very calming presence about him, even though he’s like 6’9” – he’s like a gentle giant,” added Head Coach Jacquie Fernandes. “He’s so calm, the way he coaches the girls, and he’s just very straightforward, and direct, lets them know what they need to work on. He’s been phenomenal.”
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