Podcast: Wofford's Mike Young Preps for the NCAAs

Mike Young (LISTEN) Wofford's Mike Young is the featured guest in this episode of The Passing Game with Fletcher Arritt.  Young, who played for Arritt, has been coaching for 28 years and joins Coach Arritt and Brooks Berry over the phone just a few days after his team punched their ticket to the 2014 NCAA Tournament by winning the Southern Conference tournament championship.

Young has taken Wofford to the NCAA tournament 3 out of the last 5 years.  Now in his 12th season as head coach, Young preps his 15th-seeded team to face the #2-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the round of 64.

Covered in this podcast: Young's thougths on the Southern Conference, evaluating the intagibles, creating a great staff and culture around your program.

 In our first ever Passing Game Short, Coach Arritt is on the phone with Brooks Berry to discuss the ACC championship and the NCAA tournament.  

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The Podcast is BACK!!

March 19, 2014

(LISTEN) Brooks Berry and Coach Arritt are back in the studio this week with special guest Phil Wall.  Wall discusses his newest film, Unbelievable is Believable Here, about VCU's historic run to the NCAA Final Four in 2011.  The feature documentary premiered on March 2, 2014 at The Richmond International Film Festival to an audience of 400+ (including Brooks and Coach Arritt).  Wall discusses the status of that film, as well as his documentary on Coach Arritt and his career at Fork Union.

          

 Also covered in this podcast-- Brooks and Coach's trip to the SoCon tournament, the ACC, the NCAA tournament, and learning the motion offense from Dean Smith.  We are glad to be back!!!  Thank you for listening.

Film Selected as a Sponsored Project by the Southern Documentary Fund!

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The Southern Documentary Fund has selected The Passing Game as a fiscally sponsored project.  This means that SDF will accept and manage tax-deductible donations towards completion of the film.  I am honored, humbled, and extremely excited.  This will enable me to pursue funding and grants that will allow me to focus my efforts on finishing and distributing the project.  I appreciate everyone's support.  Please visit SDF's TPG project page to learn how you can get involved.  Stay tuned for project updates!

 

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The third, and final, episode in our series featuring excerpts from the 2012 Fork Union Sports Hall of Fame banquet features Coach Fletcher Arritt's acceptance speech.  Arritt was chosen for the class of 2012 because of his 46 years of dedication to the Academy as a biology teacher and post-graduate basketball coach.  As a coach, Arritt won 889 games and sent over 400 players to the collegiate ranks--a feat that will be hard to match at Fork Union, or any other school for that matter.  2012 was Arritt's last year as a teacher and coach at the Academy.

The other two episodes in this series are Jude LaCava's opening remarks and Shammond Williams' introduction of Coach Arritt.  In addition to Coach Arritt, the 2012 class of inductees included longtime NFL All-Pro linebacker, Dexter Coakley; one of the nation's leading research experts on sports injuries, Dr. Frederick Mueller; and the late E.H. "Gus" Lacy, Jr., one of FUMA's legendary coaches and former athletic director.  The event was held on June 14, 2012 on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy.

 

 

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Coach Fletcher Arritt Among Those to be Honored at FUMA's Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

 

From ForkUnion.com--  After a forty-six year career as a biology teacher and basketball coach, Fletcher Arritt is being enshrined in Fork Union Military Academy's Sports Hall of Fame this Thursday evening, June 14, 2012.  Coach Fletcher Arritt leads a class of four outstanding inductees being honored at a banquet on the Academy's campus beginning with a VIP reception at 5:00pm and dinner at 6:30pm.

In addition to Coach Arritt, inductees include longtime NFL All-Pro linebacker, Dexter Coakley; one of the nation’s leading research experts on sports injuries, Dr. Frederick Mueller; and the late E. H. “Gus” Lacy, Jr., one of FUMA’s legendary coaches and former Athletic Director.

These Class of 2012 inductees will join the ranks of the school’s previous honorees including Eddie George, FUMA’s second Heisman Trophy winner; Green Bay Packer quarterback Don Majkowski; Eagle’s Pro-Bowl receiver Mike Quick; Jim Bunch, the All-American lineman who helped Coach Bear Bryant win two national championships at Alabama; and many more familiar names from the world of college, Olympic, and professional sports.

A special presentation of the COL R. L. “Red” Pulliam Award will also be made during the banquet to George S. Currin, a FUMA alumnus and businessman from Charlotte, North Carolina who has led the Academy’s fundraising efforts for the construction of the $20 million Jacobson Hall barracks facility slated to open in July of 2012. 

 

Shammond Williams (FUMA 1994) is the featured guest in this episode of The Passing Game.  Williams came to Fork Union for a post-graduate year out of South Carolina in 1993.  He had no scholarship offers out of high school, but quickly got the attention of many top programs after a few months in Coach Arritt's program.  Williams chose Dean Smith and the University of North Carolina.  He played four years at UNC and graduated with school records in career 3-pointers (223), single-season 3-pointers (95), career free throw percentage (.849), single-season free throw percentage (.911).

Williams was the 34th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, and played 13 years professionally.  He played in the NBA for Atlanta, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Orlando, New Orleans, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers.  He also played internationally in Turkey, Russia, Spain, Cyprus, and Italy.

Williams is currently living in North Carolina and pursuing a career in coaching.  He joins Phil Wall in this episode to talk about his experiences playing for Coach Arritt.  It is an honor to have him as our guest.

 

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Arritt Audio Tribute #4: Matt Donohue

 (Left to Right) Matt Donohue, Brooks Berry, Fletcher Arritt(LISTEN) Fork Union prep basketball coach Matt Donohue (far left) is the featured guest in this episode of The Passing Game.  Coach Donohue played collegiately at Longwood University (Go Lancers), where he graduated in 2002.  He has been an English teacher and coach at Fork Union since 2005.  During that time, Donohue has also served as an assistant to Coach Arritt's post-graduate program--helping with practices and games that do not conflict with his prep team's schedule.

In this episode, Donohue joins Phil Wall to discuss the role of an assistant coach, the benefits of running a simple motion offense in a program with multiple teams, as well as Coach Donohue's experience working with Coach Arritt over the past seven years.  It is an honor to have him as our guest.

Check this episode out on iTunes and/or Stitcher Smart Radio.

Fletcher Arritt Walkathon: Sat. April 28th

Fork Union Military Academy will be hosting an all-day event on Saturday, April 28, 2012 to honor Coach Arritt.  The day will begin at 6am with the start of the 12-hour walkathon.  People will be walking the Gus Lacy Track all day long and there will be various items for sale--including t-shirts, bracelets, and some great eats.  An auction is scheduled for 1pm.  Fork Union encourages all to stop by at some point during the day.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the new Fletcher M. Arritt, Jr. Scholarship, the Charles Rogers Scholarship Fund, and The Jimmy V Foundation.  The closing ceremony will begin at 5:45pm.

If you'd like to learn more about supporting the event, donating money, and/or donating merchandise for the auction, please see the link below:

2nd Annual Estes Legend 3-on-3 Tournament to Honor Coach Arritt on April 14th

(From ForkUnion.com)  Fork Union Military Academy will host a 3 ON 3 Basketball Tournament this Saturday, April 14th, from 2pm to 5pm in the Estes Athletic Center. Teams will compete in two divisions, "Competitive" and "Less Competitive," and a third division is set aside for donors who don't want to compete. Spectators are encouraged to attend. There will be $1 concessions available as well as t-shirts and other items on sale. All proceeds will benefit Coaches Vs. Cancer and the Charles Rogers Scholarship Fund.

Come on out to the Estes Athletic Center to support this good cause.
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